The closest national park to Arusha town is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safarigoers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours. It’s the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s wealth of fauna and flora.
Probably the most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate safari experience. Closest to Arusha are the flights starting from Tarangire. All other flights take off from your central or southern Serengeti lodge/camp. In each case you are picked up and transferred to their launch site by 4×4. This safari is in high demand and therefore spaces are very limited. To secure your place we suggest you inquire with us in time.
Located approximately 2 hours’ drive from Arusha town in Chemka and hidden by a beautiful green forest lie natural hot springs, ideal for taking a relaxing dip or to use as backdrop for a tranquil picnic.
Tarangire is one of Africa’s little-known gems and should be on the itinerary of all wilderness lovers. The wildlife is as diverse as its landscape and the park is particularly famous for its large elephant herds, which are among the largest in Tanzania or perhaps in whole Africa.
Lying at the foot of the scenic Manyara Escarpment and surrounding the lake, Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its diverse wildlife, acacia woodland and rich diversity of birdlife. Its relatively small size makes it ideal for an exciting day trip.
Nicknamed the eighth wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the crater is the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera which hosts a variety of animals including the rare black Rhino.
Hiking gives you unparalleled contact with local people and nature. Whether you prefer a short walk in the neighbourhood, meet the Hadzabe bushmen, Datoga nomads or want to climb the, Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro or Ol Doinyo Lengai. We can bring you in contact with experienced Tour Operators to organize your adventure.
You will be taken to the slope of Mount Meru for an 8km walk through the Mount Meru forest, an old, thick forest with a magnitude of birds, Colobus monkeys and small antilopes. You will have lunch in a beautiful spot at the top of the waterfall where you have a stunning view over Arusha town.
Meru Cultural Tourism is a local organisation specialised in cultural tours.
Their expert guides know the greater Arusha area like the back of their hands and are walking encyclopedias on subjects ranging from local life, plants and birds, arts and crafts, local food, agriculture and so on.
It will be a pleasure for them to take you on an unforgettable walk that will be off the beaten track in more than one way. On the following pages you will discover the cultural walks on offer.
Although they all have their own specificity, all the cultural tours have one thing in common: they all give you an in-depth experience of the local surroundings and a unique insight into the people and their way of living. And most importantly, the profit goes entirely to the local community.
The Baraa Primary School is a government school in Arusha, which iThemba - a Belgian Foundation of which one of the owners of Siringit is also founder - is supporting. When this collaboration started in 2009, the first imperative was to improve the overall infrastructure and the construction of new classrooms, sanitary blocks, library, computer room… as well as providing the children with books, stationery and everything else to create better conditions to learn. For the future our focus is on the quality of education and to improve the teaching methods and the overall academic performance of the children. Because we believe that a good education is the key to a better future.
Two of the cultural walks encompass an actual visit to the Baraa Primary School. A unique way to see how a primary school in Tanzania works and to discover how iThemba created a pleasant learning environment for the children and what projects are being followed-up or launched (the vegetable garden project, the annual health check,…) by iThemba to focus on the quality of education and on the quality of the children’s lives.