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24 Hours in Arusha—Arusha Museum, Cultural Heritage, Maasai Market, Shanga

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Arusha, TZ
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Arusha, TZ
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Experience the vibrant culture of Arusha in just 24 hours! Start your day wandering through the bustling Central Arusha Market, immersing yourself in the energy and excitement of local shopping. Then, visit the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre, where you can admire carvings, gemstones, artifacts, and more that showcase the rich history of Tanzania's tribes. Continue your journey at Shanga, where you'll witness the impressive craft of glassblowing and be amazed by the beautiful handmade jewelry and home goods created by people with disabilities. Finally, explore the Maasai Market, where you can browse through stalls filled with unique curios and crafts, finding the perfect souvenirs to bring home. To top it off, visit the Arusha National Natural History & Cultural Museum to learn about the fascinating human evolution and wildlife of Tanzania. Don't miss this action-packed day of adventure in Arusha!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 10 hours
  • Suitable for 1-7 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience & Audio Guided
  • Cultural Heritage Centre - Unique cultural centre with a vast array of ornaments and local crafts
  • Shanga & Shanga Foundation - Social enterprise creating unique handmade jewelry and home wares
  • Maasai Market Curios and Crafts - Market with a wide variety of nice things to take home
  • Arusha National Natural History & Cultural Museum - Museum showcasing human evolution and wildlife photos
  • Shopping in Central Arusha Market - Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • All fees and taxes
  • Drinking water and soft drinks during game drives
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items like camera, visa,
  • Accommodation
  • All personal expenses not mentioned above and tipping.

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Introduction

Experience the vibrant city of Arusha in Tanzania with a whirlwind 24-hour tour that will leave you captivated and wanting more. Known as the safari capital of Tanzania and the starting point for Northern circuit safaris, Arusha offers a unique blend of cultural heritage, bustling markets, and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you have an additional day after your safari tour or you simply want to explore Arusha's hidden gems, this tour is designed to make the most of your limited time. Get ready to immerse yourself in the local culture, indulge in shopping at bustling markets, visit historical museums, and witness the incredible craftsmanship of local artisans. Let Arusha enchant you with its rich history, vibrant atmosphere, and warm hospitality.

What to Expect?

During your 24-hour adventure in Arusha, you can expect to explore the diverse cultural heritage of Tanzania, indulge in some retail therapy at bustling markets, and visit renowned museums that showcase the country's history. The tour will provide you with a deep understanding of Arusha's vibrant local culture, allowing you to engage with local artisans and witness their exquisite craftsmanship firsthand. From browsing unique carvings, gemstones, artifacts, and clothing at the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre, to discovering the fascinating history of Tanzania at the Arusha Declaration Museum, you'll have a chance to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the region. Additionally, a visit to Shanga Gift & Workshop will give you the opportunity to witness the art of glassblowing and explore a range of handmade crafts created by people with disabilities.

Who is this for?

This 24-hour tour in Arusha is designed for adventurous travelers and culture enthusiasts who want to make the most of their limited time in the city. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple on a romantic getaway, or a family seeking a unique cultural experience, this tour caters to all. With a mix of historical sites, vibrant markets, and local craftsmanship, this experience allows you to delve into the rich heritage of Tanzania and connect with the local community. Whether you're a first-time visitor or have already explored the safaris of Northern Tanzania, this tour offers a refreshing and immersive glimpse into the heart and soul of Arusha.

Why Book This?

Embark on this tour to discover the hidden gems of Arusha and create memories that will last a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, engage with local artisans, and witness their incredible craftsmanship. Explore bustling markets where you can find unique souvenirs and experience the authentic hustle and bustle of Arusha. The Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre provides a comprehensive view of Tanzania's diverse tribes, offering an intriguing glimpse into the country's past and present. The Arusha Declaration Museum sheds light on Tanzania's history under socialism and self-reliance policies. Lastly, Shanga Gift & Workshop showcases the talent and resilience of people with disabilities through their handcrafted products. By booking this tour, you are not only supporting local artisans but also ensuring a meaningful and unforgettable journey in Arusha.

Good to Know

This tour in Arusha has a duration of 24 hours, allowing you to maximize your time and experience the best the city has to offer. Remember to bring comfortable footwear and clothing suitable for exploring various locations. The local markets offer a wide range of unique souvenirs such as carvings, gemstones, and artifacts, so make sure to bring some cash for shopping. Engage with the local community and artisans, as they are always eager to share their stories and insights. Take your time to appreciate the art of glassblowing at Shanga Gift & Workshop and explore the vast array of handmade products. Don't forget to try some mouth-watering world cuisine at the Cultural Heritage Centre's restaurant, where the food is prepared fresh to serve. Prepare to be enthralled by Arusha's rich heritage and the warmth of its people.

Reviews

Customers who have embarked on this 24-hour tour in Arusha have been thrilled by the immersive cultural experience it offers. From exploring the fascinating exhibits at the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre and witnessing the incredible craftsmanship at Shanga Gift & Workshop, to shopping for unique souvenirs at bustling local markets, travelers have been left with lasting memories. The Arusha Declaration Museum and the Arusha National Natural History & Cultural Museum have provided enlightening insights into the history and evolution of Tanzania. Visitors have praised the tour guides for their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm, ensuring an engaging and informative experience. Overall, travelers have expressed their satisfaction with the tour, highlighting its ability to capture the essence of Arusha's culture and provide a truly transformative journey.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Cultural Heritage Centre

Cultural Heritage is a unique cultural centre on the outskirts of Arusha. We have curio shops, a jewellery boutique, a tanzanite and precious stone counter, a restaurant, bargain centre and outstanding commercial art gallery. We have a vast array of ornaments, jewellery, antiques and local crafts to cater for any budget. High quality clothing, textiles, accessories, books and spices can also be found onsite at Oneway and the Spice Centre. Our exquisite collection of precious and semi-precious stones – including rubies, emeralds, tsavorite, diamonds, sapphires and opals - is unrivalled across the continent. Of these our most highly treasured is tanzanite - a rare blue/violet stone found only in Tanzania, for which we have an international reputation. Purchase loose stones, select from our ranges of hand made jewellery or work with our jewellers and designers to create your own unique piece. The only collection of its kind in the world, ranging from African antiques to contemporary painting and sculpture you will be dazzled by our assembly of art and artefacts. Find some of our collections in the central store or come and experience the Gallery; a breath taking feat of engineering and artful display that will leave you awe-struck. Expert assistants are on hand to help you purchase art by emerging African artists or fascinating antiques form across the continent. Our Restaurant has been catering for Arusha’s finest for 13 years and we prepare all of our food fresh to serve. Buffet or a la carte, with our selection of mouth-watering world foods - salads, homemade curries, traditional African dishes, french fries and humus, who would go anywhere else?

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Shanga & Shanga Foundation

Shanga is a successful social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique, high-quality, handmade jewelry, glassware and home wares incorporating recycled materials. These products are sold in Tanzania and all over the world, with profits being reinvested back into developing opportunities to employ more people with disabilities.. Visiting the work place and observing the handcrafts being made Workshop for glass-blowing, weaving, sewing, Tinga Tinga painting, bead-making and metal work, with a shop showcasing all Shanga’s handmade products.

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Maasai Market Curios and Crafts

The market has so much stalls as you can see as you enter. Each stall appears to have the same products, others have some other stuff. In my experience, all of the vendors were respectful as they await for you to enter their stall. They would say "mzungu", I waited for you" and "please you can touch, touching is free". You can looking around and you'll see many nice things to take home. It can be a bit overwhelming because there are so much stuff to see. Vendors would hand you a medium size basket indicating that you may put the stuff you want in the basket as you continue to look around in their store. They are also polite and would thank you even if you didn't purchase anything from their store. You will successful to buy the stuff you want for ur family and friends.

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Arusha

Arusha National Natural History & Cultural Museum This museum inside the old German boma (fortified compound), completed in 1900, has three parts. The best is the wing dedicated to human evolution, since much of what we know about the topic came from fossils unearthed in Tanzania. There are also displays on insects, the history of Arusha during the German colonial era, and wildlife photos and mounts.

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Reviews

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4.5 (3)

georgiost914

Interaction with people in the shops was easy and very interesting, and learned a lot about the local culture.

Carlos Fernando M

This is a great way of spending one day in Arusha in order to have an overview of the city, it history and it main atractions. The guide was very good and everything was fine.

Jim B

Recently had several hours of free time in Arusha before our flight. Stopped in and found the artwork displays beautiful and a grand presentation of work from many Africa artists. Some fun loving and some serious pieces. Nice array of shops and items for sale, for the most part, reasonable prices.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-25 23:17