7 Outdoor Activities in Arusha

Located near the base of the volcanic Mt. Meru lies the Tanzanian city of Arusha – the gateway to the northern safari circuit. The city is filled with activities and excursions to the brim!

Here are 7 outdoor activities in Arusha that you’re going to enjoy:


  1. Materuni Waterfalls

Materuni is home to the Chagga tribe. This waterfall is in the village of Materuni on the edge of the Kilimanjaro Mountain reserve. The view here is just breath-taking. If you love nature then this is just the perfect fit. The waterfall is about 80 meters high. At the bottom of the waterfall is a pool for swimming. After the trip you can head to Materuni village for a delicious lunch.


  1. Cultural Heritage Centre

The main building of the Heritage Centre is similar to the Uhuru peak of Kilimanjaro with an elegant art gallery. It is also famous for its fine Tanzanite stones. It is divided into three areas; history, wildlife and soul. Learn more about the history and culture of Tanzania here.


  1. Horseback Safaris

The view of Africa’s wildlife on a horse ride is spectacular. A horseback safari leads you to the areas where jeeps and motor vehicles cannot reach. Exploring the flora and wildlife on horseback is the best way to get close up with nature.


  1. Arusha National Park

This Park is home to the foothills of Mount Meru – Africa’s fifth highest peak. It is 45 minutes away from Arusha City centre via car. The Park has many attractions including ash cone, view of Momella Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and tropical forest glades. Visitors can also enjoy game viewing, horse riding and mountain climbing.


  1. Meserani Snake Park

The Meserani Snake Park is op filled with various activities for the tourist who come there for a thrill. Social media lovers can take a picture while holding a real live snake. You need guts to even get close to them! You can find all sorts of snakes like the Black and Green Mamba, Egyptian Cobra, Puff Adders and lots more. To add to the trip, there is a place fully equipped for barbecues.


  1. Lake Duluti Forest Reserve and Bangata Waterfall

Lake Duluti offers a relaxing boat ride that will take all your stress away. The lake was formed when a mountain collapsed, morphing into the crater lake that’s there today. It is as deep as 700 km at the center. As you take a canoe ride you can see the monkeys swinging from one tree to the other.


  1. Zipline and Quad Biking-Lake Manyara

Even with all this adventure and fun there is still one place that one should go to if they aren’t afraid of heights. Experience the thrill of going through the majestic baobab tress and the beautiful scenery of Tanzania. You can also take a bike ride while spotting zebras, wildebeests and other wildlife.


So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Arusha and enjoy these amazing outdoor activities! Don’t forget to check out these 5 Useful Hacks to Help Deal with the Heat on Safari while you’re there!