This vibrant city also has a lot to get you into the mindset for a wild adventure. Lake Duluti offers just such a taster. The gorgeous mass of water is perfect for bird lovers and it’s an ideal spot for canoeing as well as tranquil walks around its forested edge.
The most obvious introduction to a safari is of course an actual safari, or a pre-safari if you like. Arusha National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks and provides thrilling opportunities to spot forest species, like the elegant black-and-white colobus monkeys, that can be elusive elsewhere in the north, as well as the safari staples such as zebra and lion.
For travellers who have a few days to fill before they begin their safari and are looking for a bit more of a challenge, there is Mount Meru, the dormant remnants of a volcano. To climb to the summit of Tanzania’s second-highest mountain (the better-known Kilimanjaro being the biggest on the continent as well as in the country) takes three days, and it can be a tough climb through the forest-clad base and onto the rocky slopes. However, the climb is a big kickstart to your safari, a real adventure!
If you’re a snake lover and your safari takes you to Lake Manyara or Tarangire, then 45 minutes outside Arusha on your route is an appealing stop-off for you – Meserani Snake Park. Spend an hour or two here, and you’ll have the chance to learn about some of Africa’s most beautiful and dangerous reptiles.
Additionally, many of the properties in Arusha offer their own activities. For example, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge provides canoeing, horse riding, and nature walks.