Experience the city of Arusha, which serves as the gateway to many of Tanzania's natural wonders, including national parks, wildlife, and the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Here's a suggested itinerary for a day trip to Arusha Town:
Begin your day by explore the bustling Maasai Market, where you can experience the vibrant local life. It's an excellent place to shop for souvenirs, fresh produce, spices, and traditional crafts. Engage with the friendly local vendors and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.
Next, visit the Baraa Primary School. This school is a government school in Arusha, which iThemba - a Belgian Foundation of which the owner of Siringit is also founder - is supporting. When this collaboration started in 2009, the first imperative was to improve the overall infrastructure and the construction of new classrooms, sanitary blocks, library, computer room, as well as providing the children with books, stationery and everything else to create better conditions to learn. Visiting this school provides a unique way to see how a primary school in Tanzania works and to discover how iThemba created a pleasant learning environment for the children and the projects in place which focus on the quality of education and on the quality of the children's lives.
Lunch at a Local Eatery: Savor traditional Tanzanian cuisine at a local restaurant. Try dishes like Ugali (maize porridge), Nyama Choma (grilled meat), and Chapati (flatbread). Arusha is known for its diverse culinary scene, so don't hesitate to indulge in local delicacies. Other favourite restaurants are George's Tavern (Greek), Amber (Indian), and Gran Melia Rooftop (international).
After lunch, visit the Cultural Heritage Centre, a hub for Tanzanian art, crafts, and cultural heritage. Explore the art galleries and handicraft shops, where you can find Maasai jewelry,paintings, and various artifacts representing Tanzania's diverse cultures.
Finally, a stop at Sanaa is always a must. Sanaa is a wonderful project highlighting marginalised people who make amazing products. In their workshop, disabled artists create unique products, mainly from recycled waste, which are sold on site in their gift shop, right beside their very own cafe, which serves delicious Tanzanian coffee, and more!
After a long, exciting day in town, it will be time to return to Siringit Villa to rest and relax before dinner.