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Shopping Spots in Arusha

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Arusha, Tanzania is a beautiful and picturesque safari adventure hub that lies in the footsteps of Mount Meru. It’s also home to Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, many exciting attractions, and activities. Shopping spots in Arusha are one of the major activities for tourists and locals in Arusha. The sprawling town offers several shopping spots from speciality shops to streets markets. Here is our list of the best shopping spots in Arusha:

 

1. Aim Mall

The sizeable Arusha Aim Mall makes for excellent shopping and entertainment for the whole family. There is a variety of shops selling everything from clothes, shoes, and electronics to furniture and many restaurants serving a variety of foods at the food court. There is also a kiddies play section, a movie zone and a well-designed supermarket at the mall. Ample parking is available too.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Aim Mall

2. Sable Square Shopping Village

Located just past Arusha Airport, this 4-acres shopping village offers visitors a wide range of shops and restaurants to choose from. Visitors will find arts & crafts, food & drinks, banks, a pharmacy, jewellery shops and a supermarket as well. There is also a fitness centre and travel shops for souvenirs.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Sable Square Shopping Village

3. Njiro Shopping Complex

This shopping complex houses many restaurants, clothes & shoe shops, a pet shop, bars, a disco and a cinema complex. You’ll also find ATMs and a supermarket in the complex. There is a decent open-air food court where visitors can have food and drinks from any of the on-site restaurants and bars.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Njiro Shopping Complex

4. The Arcade

Located in Old Bagamoyo Road, visitors can enjoy food and drinks in one of the many bars, restaurants and cafes at the Arcade. One can also shop for clothes, shoes and accessories at the boutiques available. Facilities like ATMs, barbing and hairdressing salon, a video arcade and travel agencies can be found here.

5. Arusha Cultural Heritage

Centre Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre is the home of antiques, beautiful paintings, incredible pieces of art collected from all over Africa. This centre is well-known for souvenir shopping. It is a museum with artful displays, but one can purchase art pieces from woodcrafts, statues, masks, furniture to utensils. You can also buy the Tanzanite gemstones – only found in Tanzania in jewellery form or otherwise.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Arusha Cultural Heritage

6. Isle of Gems Ltd

On the second floor of Arusha City Complex, Swahili street you find this gems and jewels spot. This spot is best for lovers of jewellery for self and for gifting friends and family. Visitors can shop for coloured gemstones, gold-coloured gemstones, tinted gemstone silver, Tanzanite gold, silver, and gemstones. All this are locally sourced.

7. Mt. Meru Curios & Craft Market

This is a good place to find original handcrafts and souvenirs. The market has a wide selection of locally crafted items from mats to beaded accessories to wood carvings and the works. Don’t forget to bring on your bargaining skills here.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Mt. Meru Curios & Craft Market

8. Kilombero Market

Situated along Sokoine Road, Kilombero Markst is largely a local market, where you will find everything from Maasai handicrafts and jewellery to fresh fruit, spices, carvings, and local textiles.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Kilombero Market

9. Maasai Women Fair Trade

Centre Situated in a small shop along Simeon Road, this trade centre was established to empower Maasai women in the Arusha region. They sell handmade crafts such as jewellery, ornaments, leather products, Shuka (African print) duvets and bathrobes. All proceeds from purchases here go into supporting the Maasai women and girls.

10. Schwari

For visitors looking for unique home goods, clothes and accessories for men, women and kids this is that spot. From wall hangings, cushions, purses, hand-dyed textiles, African fabrics as well as leather, Schwari has it all. Schwari is located at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

11. Collectors Corner

In this shop you will find one of the most beautiful blue colour gemstones –the Tanzanite. It is located inside Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha. They have a wide range of gemstones (Tourmaline, Tsavorite, and Spinel) and jewellery which are all sourced from Tanzania. This is an ideal shopping spot for collectors and gemstones lovers.

Collectors

Collectors Corner

12. Shanga (Shoprite Centre)

This shopping spot houses eccentric jewellery, unique glassware, home décor items and a range of other accessories. Shanga brings the African design touch to recycled paper, aluminium and glass bottles and it’s all done by a group of disabled Arusha men and women at the Shanga workshop in the Burka Coffee Estate.

13. Uru Diamonds

Are you crazy about accessories? Rings, pendants, and cufflinks? Bracelets with straps made from natural leather and hand knotted threads in many different colours? All crafted with gold, silver, rough diamonds and gemstones? This is absolutely your spot. It is located at the top floor of Middle Building Arusha.

Uru

Uru Diamonds

14. Maasai Craft Market

Located on Fire Road, a short walking distance from Clock Tower, Maasai Craft Market is a good place to buy inexpensive souvenirs. The market and the traders can be a bit overwhelming but you’ll find a good selection of things from statues to paintings and accessories and fabrics of good quality. Prices of the items are negotiable; you may get a good deal if you have good bargaining skills.

Maasai

Maasai Craft Market

15. Sidai Workshop

This small hidden spot presents a rather calm and peaceful shopping experience. The shop stocks handmade household items but mainly beaded jewellery. Visitors also get to see and chat with the craftswomen at work.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Sidai Workshop

Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Shopping is one of the best forms of therapy. So if you are feeling in need of a boost, head down to one of these fine spots and pick up a few pieces to make your heart happy.

We’d love to hear from you If you have anything to add to our list or would like to tell us about your experience give us a shout!

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Watamu Beach, Kenya

Just on the shores of the Indian Ocean, located in the small Kenyan town of Watamu is the Watamu beach. This is one of the more undeveloped areas along the coast, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. The beach has fine white sand, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral formations.

As such, snorkelling is a popular activity in Watamu Beach. A quieter beach, this is an excellent place to relax in general: take a refreshing dip in the water, go for a walk along the shore, or watch the sunrise or set.

Clifton Beaches, South Africa

A wealthy suburb of South Africa’s Cape Town, Clifton boasts a set of four beautiful beaches and a luxury real estate which looks out into the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. These beaches are favorited by locals and tourists – thanks to its white sand and picturesque cliffs. The beaches are popular spots for sunbathers and sporty adventures (surfing on the waves and volleyball on the sand).

Buffalo Bay Beach, South Africa

Buffalo Bay Beach is an excellent choice if you will be travelling with family, especially kids. It has waters that are safe to swim in. This beach sports white sand surrounded by bush located in South Africa. Tourists and locals visit the beach to swim, surf, fish, and boat. It is also a perfect spot if you are working on your tan. The natural beauty of the area is protected as the beach sits within the Goukamma Nature Reserve. If you want to walk and take in this beauty, take a stroll along the beach to nearby towns.

Paje Beach, Zanzibar

Located in Zanzibar, Tanzania is the Paje Beach, which is a long strip along the Indian Ocean with beautiful white sand and clear turquoise waters. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, Paje Beach is a good choice as it is one of the island’s quiet beaches. This fabulous beach is excellent for surfing and kitesurfing. For snorkelers, enjoy the clear waters as you spot moray eels, starfishes, and turtles. When you are hungry, there are beachside eateries where you can enjoy a meal with astounding views.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Safari Experiences in Arusha

Undoubtedly, Arusha Safari Adventure Experience  are magical. It’s a dream for an outdoor adventure enthusiast, dotted with vast landscapes, abundant wildlife, and natural attractions. The town is the gateway to a wide variety of national parks in Tanzania; thus, it provides a unique type of safari experience, which you can truly get immersed in when exploring the ecosystem.

1. Walking Safari

While walking seems like a basic activity humans do daily, a walking safari comes with many exciting promises. You would be walking down wonderful terrains of natural greenery and be able to sight some animals. If you were on a walking safari at the Arusha National Park, for instance, you are likely to spot some buffalos, zebras, baboons and other monkey species. It is important to obey the ranger’s instructions to stay safe. Don’t get carried away with taking pictures and overstep. The walking safari in Arusha is so ideal because most parks do not have an artificial feel of caging animals within a space to them. You get to see the animals in their natural habitat.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Walking Safari 

2. Biking Safari

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience walking safari, bike safaris are guided and usually organized by a tour agency. Indulge in a bicycle tour across the Tanzania Northern Safari circuit, through the Arusha mountain and forest biking trails. Arusha is a mountain bike paradise as it is perched at the altitude of 4,600 feet (1400m). You can expect an adventurous time biking through the wild and natural environment of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. You should expect a game drive first which familiarizes with you with the terrain of the park where the bike safari is to be held. Then, you would be led to the bike trail. It is important to remember that even though this is about biking, it is not a competition and you should not try to lose others in your company especially your guide in a bid to win. The biking safari is more about discovering the fauna and flora around you at close quarters. As with most physical activities, you should try to stay hydrated especially since it can get pretty warm in Arusha depending on the season.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Biking Safari 

3. Game Driving Safari

This involves driving around the parks and conservation centers in Arusha Safari Adventure Experience in a Jeep or any other vehicle compatible with such a trip. This kind of safari is best suited for older persons who may not be able to indulge in higher impact activity such as biking or walking long distances. You would have a guide to take you close the animals and to give you interesting information about areas you visit. However, the Jeep safari can also be a self-drive if you are up to it. But it is still advisable to procure the services of a guide to avoid getting lost or missing out on some important locations and activities.

4. Horseriding Safari

This is another adventurous safari that takes you the closest to the wildlife as you can ride in more closely and observe. You can start your horse riding tour from the horse base on the outskirts of Arusha Town. The area offers a perfect environment for horse riding and offers a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru from the stables. Exploring the remote African wilderness from the back of the horse is quite exciting and fascinating. Obviously, this kind of safari is only for skilled horse riders and not amateurs. Thus, it is not an occasion to learn horse riding as any little mistake made when riding in the wild could be costly.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Horseriding Safari

5. Birdwatching Safari

Arusha is a great destination for bird watching as Tanzania is home to over a thousand species of birds. This kind of safari differs from the rest and is only for people keenly interested in birds and not generally other mammals. A bird-watching safari in Arusha would likely take you through the Acacia forests and savannahs of Sinya to the mountainous woodland of the Arusha National Park down to Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and possibly ending at the Serengeti plains. You would likely spot birds such as parrots, plovers, turacos, flamingos, weavers, sunbirds and starlings. Depending on your package, some bird watching safaris can be up to 4 to 14 days.

6. Balloon Safari

The Balloon Safari is often a side-safari for most people since the hot air balloon actually takes you high up in the sky away from the close view of the wildlife and natural foliage you want to observe. You can enjoy a Balloon safari in two of the most spectacular wildlife parks in the world – Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park. From Arusha, you can organize a trip to these parks for a lifetime experience in the wilderness. It gives you a bird-eye view of everything that you would not notice while on the ground. You would notice some birds and other animals perched in trees. The balloon safari is quite expensive in comparison with the other kinds of safaris. If you are in the balloon during the migration period, you would be able to get excellent views.

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Balloon Safari

7. Camping Safari

Camping safari will give you an opportunity to be immersed in the wildlife parks around Arusha as you explore the mesmerizing landscapes, travel on jagged roads and see abundant wildlife. This type of safari is more extreme but exciting as you will be camping in the middle of the wilderness – experiencing nature at its peak. You’ll sleep in tents with hundreds of dazzling stars above your head and wake up amongst the beautiful scenery. It’s an ideal way to experience East Africa’s nature in an affordable and comfortable way. Camping safaris are perfect for those who love nature and looking for a break in the East African wilderness.

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Camping Safari 

In the end, whichever safari you decide to choose in Arusha, it will be worth it. As the wildlife experience in Tanzania is one of the most authentic across the world.

Enjoy Your Tanzanian Safari

Arusha has so much to offer so we have no doubt you will find the perfect safari experience for you. All that’s left for you to do now is choose and book!

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

At a Glance

A 5 star colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated with 360 degree views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. The property is set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens and local vegetation with over 130 species of birds.

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite
All 50 Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite have infinite views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5 star luxury lodge. The spectacular stone main house has all the luxuries including main lounge, grand central hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, media (TV) room, outside fire place, rim flow pool, billiards room, internet café and children activity room.

Ngorongoro Oldeani

Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Activities & Excursions

While a short one night stay is spectacular, it is recommended at lodge for 2, 3 or even for nights. The lodge is more than just a safari stop over, due to its location and design it is a destination too and it offers several interesting safari game drives and excursions that start early and end at the lodge just before the magical sundowner at the lodge. The sundowner at the Lodge is one of it kinds. The ever inviting fireplace pit by the swimming pool where the Swahili lessons with fun are offered by our staff.

Masai culture

Ngorongoro Oldeani Masai dance

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is located 130kms from Arusha, 9kms from Ngorongoro Gate, 54kms from Mto wa Mbu Village, 43kms from Lake Manyara Airport

KatiKati Tented Camp

KatiKati Tented Camp

Immerse yourself in nature at KatiKati Tented Camp.

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Mobile Tented Camp

KatiKati Tented Camp is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real camping safari adventure experience. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.

Katikati Tented Lodge is an original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa, with all the commodities of today.

Located a two hour drive along a panoramic route from the Olduvai Museum and the river Grumeti, two of the indispensable visits for all travellers to Tanzania.

The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. All of the infrastructure is mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind.

Katikati Accommodation

The tents are situated at ground level with a private porch. They overlook the savannah. Ample and comfortable. There is a choice of one double bed or two twin beds. The tents have a bathroom with a bucket shower. The family tent consists of two tents interconnected and a shared bathroom and private porch.

KatiKati Tented Camp

covid-19 Travel

Covid-19 Travel

The U.S. will ease covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday.

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Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure, said Jeff Zients, who is leading the nation’s Covid response efforts for the White House.

The changes will take effect in early November, which the airline industry expects will spur holiday bookings.

“They must show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane,” Zients said during a press briefing.

Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Trump administration had first issued the rules, which now apply to more than 30 countries, in March 2020. President Joe Biden upheld those rules in January, shortly after taking office.

The British Government has announced a move to remove the traffic light system in favour of a simplified approach for international travel, which comes into effect on 4 October 2021.

A red list of countries will remain with travel restrictions still in place, but we are slowly starting to see more destinations beginning to re-open for travel and testing requirements being reduced for fully vaccinated travellers.

For anyone who has a holiday due to depart in 2021, please be assured that our team will be calling you to talk to you about your booking and advise about the options available to you for your forthcoming trip.

We will be working through all bookings on a departure date order and will be working on a rolling 3 week basis ahead of departure

If you have a query regarding your booking which is due to depart in 2022, then please email  info@natureboundafrica.com or call +255 784 737 413 and one of the team will be able to assist you.

 

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