The city is surrounded by hundreds of flower farms and coffee plantations, making for an ideal stay just outside of the city. Many working farms in the area have opened small guest cottages, our favourite in the area being Arusha Coffee Lodge. Here you can watch coffee being roasted and taste the aromatic blends, as well as exploring the grounds and relaxing in the pool.
Arusha even has its own national park which is often overlooked by safari-goers, but it does have some beautiful scenery in its peaceful surroundings. Wildlife here is scarce, but there are leopard and hyena at dusk and dawn and a few elephants, buffalos and giraffes.
Arusha is a good hub from which to explore the national parks of northern Tanzania and a great place to start getting an insight into the local people and cultures.
During your stay it is possible to take a few days to climb Mount Meru or even take a helicopter to the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.