Cheap Flights to Arusha, Tanzania
- Area (Region) : 37,576 km²
- Area Codes : 27 (+255 27)
- Currency : Tanzania Shilling (TZS)
- Population (Region) : 1,694 million (2012)
- Official Language : Swahili (Kiswahili)
- Time Zone : EAT (UTC+3)
- Airport s : Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Arusha Airport (ARK)
JRO officially opened in 1971 and was deemed as The Gateway to Africa’s Wildlife Heritage. It was privatised in 1998 and is managed by the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) that falls under ownership of the Tanzanian government.
Travellers can book a hired vehicle with Sixt or Elephant Car Hire at JRO or arrange an airport transfer by going to www.taxi2airport.com. The distance from JRO to Arusha is 52km that takes around an hour.
From Johannesburg to ‘JRO’ travellers can fly with:
- RwandAir (1 stop)
- Kenya Airways (2 stops)
- Ethiopian (1 stop)
Visitors can fly to ARK from Johannesburg with Ethiopian Airlines/Precision Air (2 stops). Travelling by car from ARK to Arusha town, a distance of 8,1km, takes around 20 minutes.
The following airlines and others touch down at JRO:
- Kenya Airways
Reasons to Visit Arusha:
- Mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests, it’s the perfect location for any traveller wanting an authentic taste of Africa, specifically nature lovers, adventure seekers and birders. Arusha is a widely spread city situated on the foothills of the volcanic Mt. Meru that plays an imperative role in providing access to many splendid wildlife parks. Focusing on tourism, the town has grown since 1978 from the 9th largest city to the second largest in Tanzania. It’s close to the ‘Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Arusha National Park (on the volcanic Mt. Meru), the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park and Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
- In the 1830s the Arusha Maasai traded with beer, honey, grains and tobacco for milk, meat, skins and livestock. In 1896 Arusha was taken by the Germans and then in 1916 by the British, resulting in the deportation of the majority of German settlers and missionaries. During the 1920s Arusha began thriving after Greek and British settlers including missionaries from the United States slowly started arriving, reoccupying former German farms and particularly when the regional administration was moved from New Moshi to Arusha by the British. Further increasing commerce was the extension of the railroad in 1928/29 from Moshi to Arusha.
- Arusha has excellent accommodation to suit every budget and need including its oldest hotel, The Arusha Hotel, established in 1894 in the heart of the city. There are top-class hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses including a range of great backpacker establishments. To match its accommodation, there are superb eateries such as Damascus, specialising in Middle Eastern Tapas, the Hot Plate for Indian cuisine and for meat lovers Khan’s Barbecue and many more.
When to Visit Arusha:
The best time to visit is from June through to October that affords pleasant temperatures averaging around 21°C during the afternoons, dropping to almost 11°C at night. Travellers going specifically for game viewing should visit from late June to the end of September and should pack warm clothing in case of an irregular cold front occurring and for early morning game drives.
March, April and May are not good months to visit with April and May being the low and peak wet season.
Places to Visit Arusha:
- The National Natural History Museum is housed in what was once a German administration outpost. Opening in 1987 as a public museum it has imperative displays for scientific groups of models of Australopithecus people. Additionally there’s the Arusha Declaration Museum and the German Boma to glean noteworthy information and view amazing artefacts related to the city and country.
- Celebrating its 50th anniversary in early February this year, the towering Arusha Declaration Monument is a landmark and tourist attraction that was unveiled in 1977 to commemorate ten years of the Arusha Declaration.
- Located in the heart of the city is the Arusha Clock Tower that’s deemed to be midway between Cape Town and Cairo. Interesting historical information regarding the clock tower can be read at: www.ntz.info/gen/n01113.html.
- Lying on the eastern side of Mt Kilimanjaro (an easier hike for climbers), Marangu Village makes up in natural beauty what it lacks in modern facilities and tourist attractions. It affords a magical glimpse into local mountain culture while its surrounding areas burst with amazing waterfalls, lush forests, local farms and well-trodden pathways. The village is situated northeast of Moshi (30 minutes) and can be accessed via the Rongai and Marangu Route where hikers register before hitting the trail.
- The 260 sq.km Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO listed site affords extraordinary vistas of landscape and wildlife. Get the most by arranging your own safari vehicle with a guide and experience a full day of remarkable natural sights.
- Arusha National Park offers visitors exciting safari trails, game drives and canoeing but for birders it’s the perfect location with Lake Momella and Lake Manyara affording a spectra of water birds. The park boasts around 400 bird species including raptors that are often seen soaring above the crater. Explore numerous picnic sites or take the challenge of a three to four day hike up Mt. Meru, great for acclimatising before attempting to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro. Accommodation comprises two lodges, guesthouses and mountain huts and a number of camping sites within the park. There are also hostels located on the outskirts of the park close to River Usa.
Getting Around Arusha:
A daladala, that’s a minibus, is the cheapest way to get around the town. They traverse all main routes with fixed prices. Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal items.
Taking a cab isn’t expensive and ideal for quick trips to restaurants but always agree on the price before getting in.
Car rentals include:
- Budget Car Rental Arusha
- First Car Rental
- Seasons 4WD/4×4 Car Hire/Car Rental