Are you seeking an adventure that combines culture, wildlife and lasting impact?

Look no further than Arusha, Tanzania.

Nestled at the foothills of Mount Meru and serving as the gateway to some of Africa's most iconic national parks, Arusha offers an experience like no other. From immersing yourself in Maasai culture to embarking on thrilling safaris and conquering the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha has something for every traveler.

Let's dive into why this vibrant city should be at the top of your bucket list...


Immerse Yourself in Maasai Culture 

One of the most enriching experiences Arusha offers is the opportunity to engage with the indigenous Maasai people. The Maasai are known for their distinct culture, vibrant attire, and deep connection to their land. As part of your Global Citizenship journey, we recommend visiting the Maasai villages located on the outskirts of Arusha and engage with the communities as you learn about their traditional way of life. 

Imagine participating in a traditional dance around a bonfire under the vast African sky, listening to captivating stories passed down through generations, and witnessing age-old rituals firsthand. Many villages offer immersive cultural experiences where you can spend a day or more living among the Maasai, learning their customs, and even trying local crafts such as beadwork. These encounters provide invaluable insights into a culture that has thrived in harmony with nature for centuries. 

Savor the Flavors of Local Cuisine 

No travel experience is complete without indulging in the local cuisine, and Arusha boasts a culinary scene bursting with flavor. Although your Challenges Abroad experience covers three meals a day, there will be plenty of opportunities to make the most of your new surroundings. From street food stalls to bustling markets, you'll find an array of dishes that reflect Tanzania's diverse cultural influences. 

If you’re a major foodie, you could plan one of your free days by taking a culinary tour of the area: start your day with a hearty breakfast of mandazi (deep-fried dough) or maandazi (a sweet version) paired with spicy chai tea. For lunch, head to the local markets where you’ll be able to sample street food such as ugali (maize porridge), and samosas filled with savory fillings. Don't forget to try Tanzania's national dish, pilau, a fragrant rice dish infused with spices and often served with tender meat or vegetables. In the evening, explore Arusha's bustling night markets, where you can feast on aromatic curries, and tropical fruits. Be sure to try a taste of Tanzania's famous street food, chips mayai, a mouthwatering combination of French fries and omelet. 

Embark on Thrilling Safaris 

Arusha is renowned as the safari capital of Tanzania, offering unparalleled opportunities to witness Africa's magnificent wildlife in their natural habitats, with several national parks and reserves located within driving distance of the city. 

One of the highlights of any trip to Arusha is a visit to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic African wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras, as you embark on game drives through the park's diverse ecosystems. 

For an even more unique safari experience, consider visiting Tarangire National Park, known for its large herds of elephants and ancient baobab trees, or Lake Manyara National Park, home to tree-climbing lions and flocks of flamingos. 

Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro 

No trip to Arusha would be complete without attempting to summit the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Towering majestically above the surrounding plains, Kilimanjaro offers the ultimate challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand atop the roof of Africa. 

There are several routes to choose from, each offering its own unique landscapes and challenges. The Marangu Route, often dubbed the "Coca-Cola Route," is the most popular choice, known for its comfortable huts and relatively gentle gradient. For those seeking a more rugged adventure, the Machame Route, also known as the "Whiskey Route," offers stunning scenery and a greater sense of wilderness. 

As you trek through lush rainforests, alpine meadows, and barren lunar landscapes, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas and a sense of accomplishment like no other. Reach the summit at sunrise, and marvel at the sight of the African continent stretching out before you as far as the eye can see. 

Leave your Handprint on the World 

As you embark on this life-changing journey, you might consider how you can make an impact in Arusha.

Our Tanzania Community Challenge and Health Promotion Challenge might be just what you’re looking for. 

Totally immerse yourself in the local culture as you foster meaningful connections with the community, working alongside our team on our sustainable development projects. Inspire young learners in their education, identify opportunities for health interventions, take climate action by planting trees and help us continue to grow our community garden. 

"To know myself and my group have made a positive impact is a massive takeaway from this program! This trip is something I'll hold close to me and will never forget. I really hope anyone considering this opportunity grabs it with both hands and enjoys every moment." Global Citizen, Chloe

Arusha, Tanzania, is a destination that truly has it all for your Global Citizenship journey. From immersing yourself in the rich culture of the Maasai people to savoring the flavors of local cuisine, embarking on thrilling safaris, and conquering the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha offers an adventure of a lifetime. 

Whether you're seeking cultural immersion, wildlife encounters, or adrenaline-pumping adventures, Arusha has something to offer every aspiring explorer. Don't just dream about it—make Arusha your next travel destination and experience the magic of Tanzania for yourself. 

So, pack your bags, gather your friends and peers, and embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

If you've recently been to Tanzania with us and would like to share your experience with future Global Citizens, please get in touch via Instagram! @challengesabroad