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So your headed to Arusha... whether it's to start your safari, volunteer at one of the many NGO's or perhaps you have decided that the cradle of mankind is going to be your new home. If you are on safari, lots of people will say don't waste your time in Arusha - wrong! A true traveller doesn't just zoom in and out, they get aquinted with the locals, they explore the undiscovered! So no matter why you are in Arusha, here are are few must-do's to mark off your list!
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Tanzania
Sounds rather odd, but that's how this day trip came about - in search of the white baboon I have heard so many people talk about. When you live in Arusha you can often have a "What to do this weekend?" brain freeze, so this seemed as good an...
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Lake Chala
We needed a weekend away from Arusha but only had a couple of nights. We heard that Lake Chala was picture-postcard perfect, so decided to check it out ourselves. We packed our food and camping gear and drove 2 hours to Moshi. About a 35-minute...
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Sange Village, Pangani, Tanzania
Next time you are visiting Tanga keep driving (or busing) and cross the Pangani river by ferry to head over to Ushongo Beach. You will be greeted with empty beaches that are tide dependent and very interestingly a trade that is empowering the...
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Arusha, Tanzania
Like many destinations in the world, travelling somewhere during their low season has many perks aside from just the cost-saving. Head to Tanzania during the April/May low season and enjoy scenes of lush greenery and fields of flowers in bloom (if...
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USA River, Tanzania
Think of Africa, and somehow helping people always pops into most people's mind. There's a lot of controversy surrounding visiting orphanages during your travels, but the fact is it's a evil necessity for the orphanage. Most people who choose to...
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Old Moshi Road, Arusha, Tanzania
If you have a spare day in Arusha before or after your safari, you can ask your safari operator to call and arrange a visit to what the local's call "Sainti Judi." This school was started by an Australian woman married to a Tanzanian with a gifted...
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Monduli, Tanzania
Every Sunday in Monduli Juu village (approx 1 hr driving from Arusha) the local Masai community hold their weekly markets. It's not for tourists, it is a place the locals can come and bargain for their weekly supplies - veggies, salt, soap,...
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Sange Village, Pangani, Tanzania
Take an 8-hour bus ride to the coast from Arusha (or self drive like we did) then arrive at Tanga. Just an hour out of town by car you follow the coastal road and come to Peponi Beach Resort. A great budget campsite, or choose the tasteful banda...
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Kalinga, Isabela, Philippines
Whang Od is said to be the last living (traditional) tattoo artist of her generation. She comes from the Botbot Tribe, one of the many sub-tribes in the Kalinga Province in the Philippines. Her father passed on the craft to her when she was a...