First Impression: Busy, bustling city, it was a bit intense stepping off the bus as there were about 30 safari touts waiting there for tourists.
Where I stayed: Couch surfing with local guys. Safari camp.
What to wear: Comfortable light fabric but cover your knees.
What I did: Kilimanjaro view and Marangu Waterfall, 3-day safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. I would definitely recommend Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro but Tarangire was basically empty of animals and we ended up leaving early. Ate Chips Mayai (eggs with fries) and Mishkaki (grilled meat).
-I can’t remember the name of the Safari company I went with but I can recommend my friend’s safari company Unique Pathways and Getaway Adventures. At the time I was there they hadn’t fully established their company but I was fortunate to be able to couch surf at their home and had an incredibly fun time hanging out in Arusha. They are really fun and kind guys with a ton of energy, if I were to go on safari again I would 100% go with them. I know they arrange other types of tours in the area as well as trekking excursions.
-Safari is dusty and bumpy, wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes. Watch your stuff around the monkeys-they are thieves.
-Marangu Waterfall is so so cold. Bring your own snacks and drinks to picnic there.
Off the beaten path: Dancing in Arusha, Marangu Waterfall and Village.
Last Impression/Wishes for “next time”: Would have stayed in Moshi and tried to see better views of Kilimanjaro and I would like to go to Serengeti. If I had more time I also would have tried to see Lake Natron.