Arusha Tour, Markets and Shanga workshop

Arusha has a number of museums and galleries that chronicle the history of the town and its people and showcase its art. Many of these incorporate fabulous places to buy things to take home to remind you of your safari experience. Put your haggling pants on for these markets, they’re an absolute necessity. Haggling is expected and if you don’t bargain with traders you’ll be paying inflated prices, so don’t be shy! You can buy from car parts to fresh fruit to beautiful Maasai beadwork and carvings to fabulous kikoys, cows and sheep! Arusha’s markets are the place to buy gifts for those at home. (prior reservation required)

Arusha Tour, Markets and Shanga workshop

Shanga workshop

Out on the Dodoma Road lies this fantastic centre. Started in 2006 by Saskia Reichsteiner who made necklaces using African beads and fabric, she initially employed a deaf woman to help her. She soon realised the difficulties facing the disabled in Tanzania.
The business grew exponentially and now provides employment to many disabled people. Making environmentally-friendly products – beadwork, clothes, glasswork and jewellery - the centre now boasts the workshop, three boutiques and an open-air restaurant.
Its ethos: "Kindness is a language blind people can see and deaf people can hear."

Arusha Tour | Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The original fort, built by the Germans in the early 1900's, now houses the Natural History Museum. Learn about the colonial history of Arusha and marvel at the huge collection of stuffed animals.
Read up on the archeological history of the area and see beautiful pictures of the diverse array of fauna and flora, before enjoying a cup of tea in the cafe.

Arusha Tour | Cultural Heritage Centre

Cultural Heritage Centre

This centre, a little out of town, combines a museum, restaurant, coffee shop, spice centre and shops in which to buy art, curios, African antiques, tanzanite and more. You can easily get all the gifts you need to take home for the family here.
Wander around the grounds marvelling at the sculptures before heading in to the spice centre, which doubles as a book shop, filled with enticing aromas.
Don't miss out on the Makonde Museum - a showcase of their masterful carved masks.
The centre has hosted many famous people over its 20 years' of existence, including Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea.