If you like shopping or want to take a few souvenirs home, then Arusha is the place to be! Shanga have a beautiful shop, selling all of their glassware and jewellery and the Maasai Market is a treasure trove of crafts, jewellery, wooden sculpture, paintings and more. Tanzanite, a rare blue gem stone, is also available in Arusha and we will take you to the Tanzanite museum, where you can learn more about this iconic stone, which is rarer than diamonds, and have the opportunity to purchase a genuine, certified gem.
Taswira Africa Safaris supports the work of Umoja Tanzania, a youth development NGO focusing on education, life skills training and livelihoods for vulnerable teenagers. We recommend a visit to The Umoja Centre, where you will enjoy a tour, led by one of their graduates, observe some classes before enjoying a Tanzanian school dinner of perhaps ugali (maize meal) and beans with the students and staff. If you have the time, Umoja arranges (following strict child protection guidelines and with approval from the families) home visits to some of the students home communities so that you can have an insight into how Tanzanian people live.
With such great places to explore, and comfortable places to rest, why wouldn’t you spend a few days in Arusha? We think it is a perfect way to prepare for your onward adventure into the African bush!