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Rift Safari
Traveling along the Rift Valley: hotels, lodges and coffee farms in Arusha


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Arusha is the access town to all safaris in the northern parks of Tanzania. You can find here several lodges and hotels from budget mid to luxury specification. The town centre is quite chaotic due to the lack of a proper urban roads plan and all facilities worth a stay are located just outside the town in the beautiful parks of former coffee plantations or inside natural sanctuaries or on the slopes of majestic Mount Meru characterized by dense tropical forests home to the little and precious Arusha National Park.
The town is served by the Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO], located 55 km east
towards Moshi. Arusha airport offers all domestic flights to the parks, to the coast or to the islands but no international flights are landing here. There are no passengers but coaches connecting Arusha to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma. The safest way to move in Tanzania, outside the national parks, is still the airplane [[buses often lack the necessary maintenance, there are no careful checks on vehicles, drivers can drive in an irresponsible way, last but not least schedules are not reliable].
Politically the city is an important diplomatic hub. In 1961 the agreement of Tanzania's independence from United Kingdom was signed here. In 1967 President Julius Nyerere drew up the Arusha Declaration which should have guided the policy of economic and social development of the country based on a concept of African socialism and respect of natural resources. In 1993 the Arusha Agreement was supposed to lead to a solution of the conflict between Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda. In 1994 the UN Security Council settled in Arusha the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Arusha is also an important center for African music, especially for a local hip hop called Bongo Flava, which combines traditional Maasai and Swahili sounds to western rap.

Arusha Coffee Lodge Karama Lodge River Trees Country Inn Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary
ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE
KARAMA LODGE
RIVER TREES
MERU LODGE & SANCTUARY
Kigongoni Kia Lodge Moivaro Coffee Lodge
ARUMERU RIVER LODGE
KIGONGONI
KIA LODGE
MOIVARO COFFEE PLANTATION