Hostels in Arusha, Tanzania

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Get to know Arusha (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Arusha. To help you make friends with Arusha before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Encircled by some of the most enthralling and diverse national parks in Africa is the city of Arusha, Tanzania. The city sits comfortably at the foot of Mount Meru, at an altitude of one thousand three hundred meters, and enjoys lush green surroundings and a pleasant climate throughout the year. The city’s vibrant and welcoming multi-cultured people give you a pleasant break from the otherwise demanding life of the African roads. There are well-maintained hostels in Arusha, Tanzania, for budget travelers and others to have a comfortable stay and enjoy some delicious African cuisine while in the city.

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania, and is a key checkpoint in the quest of enjoying a safari tour in northern Tanzania. The city streets sprawl with tour operators and four-by-fours that can take you to Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Arusha National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy canoeing on the lake in Arusha National Park, and admire its bird life, have a rocky ride on a camel, or take up the challenge of climbing Mount Meru while you are here. If you can afford it, visit Serengeti National Park to access areas seldom visited by man. Be a part of the cultural tours as well, arranged by the Tanzania Tourist Board, to learn about the Maasai and Meru tribes.

On a visit here, stop off at the National Natural History Museum to know more about the city’s history and to study the exhibits on its original inhabitants, plants, and animals. Admire the mesmerizing view of Mount Kilimanjaro on the horizon and visit the coffee plantations around the city to experience the journey of a coffee bean. Explore the local market in the city’s center and purchase traditional cloths and souvenirs and enjoy some Tanzanian cuisine. Don’t miss the barbecue dish of Kuku choma, and Chips mayai, another popular local dish.

The city of Arusha is ready to fulfill your cravings for an African safari and give you an experience of the local culture. The hostels in Arusha, Tanzania offer a comfortable stay, and the well-trained staff will make your holiday a pleasant experience. Book your accommodation well in advance and have a life-changing experience in this city.

Written by local enthusiast for Arusha hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Arusha hostels Aaron Barboza

FAQ about Arusha Hostels

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A hostel in Arusha costs on average $22 for a dorm. A hostel in Arusha with private rooms costs on average $30. shows all 36 Hostels in Arusha. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 36 hostels in Arusha, Tanzania. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Arusha such as
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Wakawaka Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Arusha.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Arusha

Your Packing List for Arusha

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Arusha Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Arusha, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
36 Total number of hostels
$22 Average dorm price
$30 Average private room price
$8 Cheapest hostel in Arusha
Stan Home Hostel is the cheapest
26 Party hostels in Arusha
Wakawaka Hostel is the best rated
3.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

UsaRiver (25 Km / 15 mi.)
Boma la Ngombe (52 Km / 32 mi.)
Moshi (72 Km / 45 mi.)
Kilimanjaro (81 Km / 50 mi.)
Lake Manyara National Park (96 Km / 59 mi.)
Karatu (113 Km / 70 mi.)
Chokaa (117 Km / 73 mi.)

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