The map of Arusha, Tanzania
With almost half a million population, Arusha is one of the largest cities in North Tanzania. A vibrant tourist destination and a regional business hub, this city has a relatively decent modern infrastructure if compared to other places in Tanzania.
Most tourist places like markets, luxury hotels and restaurants are located in the eastern and central parts of the city. Southern and western areas are mostly residential and industrial, though budget-level hostels and guest houses are scattered all over the city.
Some places worth visiting in Arusha include Tanzanite Experience shop, where you can buy the iconic gemstones at an affordable price, and Cultural Heritage Centre, the largest shop of local craft and an exhibition venue. Those interested in learning more about history and culture should plan a visit to the National Natural History and Arusha Declaration Museums.
Those interested in the nightlife will find a place to chill. Several dozen clubs, restaurants and barbeque cafes, where the assorted local crowd mingles with tourists, are always open for the party goers.
You will also find a lot of coffee plantations on the outskirts of the city. Apart from seeing for yourself how coffee is grown and prepared you’ll be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences.