Safariland Cottages are very much a local company, the Koka family is originally from Sango, a village above Moshi, in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Resident in Arusha for 25 years, and through two generations we can tell you exactly where to go in the city – and the local areas to have the best time in the north of Tanzania.

As the original trading city of the north Arusha has a huge cultural heritage surrounding both administration and the agricultural trade of the region. In the past 100 years or so the tourism trade has become a massive earner for the region, given the close proximity of a number of the more popular national parks and attractions in the north. In fact Arusha may be the closest city to the greatest number of national parks in the whole of Africa, which makes it the best town in the continent to visit on Safari!

Arusha is neatly nestled amidst a cluster of Africa’s most famous safari destinations, a fact that has made it one of the continent’s quickest-rising tourist towns and a place very much in the throes of transformation. Surrounding the urban area, vast swathes of agricultural land and coffee plantations range over the hills, all punctuated dramatically by the ever-present looming peak of snow-tipped Mt Meru.

The city itself is hailed as one of the centres for festivity in Tanzania (a fact that’s noted in many Arusha tourist guides), and plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year, many of which champion the up-and-coming talents in Swahili hip-hop or more heritage-related pursuits like at the Nane Nane (Eight Eight) farming festival in early August.

But festivities and nightlife aside, one of the main reasons travellers hit Arusha is for its prime location in the heart of the East African wilds. From here, trekkers can head towards the Kilimanjaro walking trails, reach the dominating peak of Ol Doinyo Lengai, or even go on safari in the iconic Ngorongoro Crater …





  • Via Via
  • Figs & Olives
  • Ambrosia (Night Clubs)
  • Club D (Night Club)
  • Sun down Carnivore (Night club & best place for famous Tanzanias Chom Chom , barberque in style , Carnivore)
  • Shanga Shanga
  • Algato Nero
  • A tour of Arusha Shamba (Moivaro coffee plantation), Laura’s Cob house
  • Le Patio
  • Sky diving and motor bike tour with …
  • Africafee
  • Tanzanite Experience
  • Maasai Market
  • Lively lady bar & Grill
  • Khan’s Barberque (Where to eat)
  • Luis Chines
  • Prestige Garden
  • Club 40 , 40 ( Best Tanzanian cuisine in town)
  • Arusha market
  • Mount Meru Hotel – Happy hour with live music
  • Onsea House (Fine Dinning)
  • Blues & Chutneys
  • Blue ginger
  • Masai Cafe
  • Msumbi Coffee




  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Lake Natron
  • Lake Victoria