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Arusha

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Arusha is the worst place in Tanzania for street touts and slick tour operators who offer safaris and treks to newly arrived travellers at ridiculously low prices. They try to get gullible travellers signed up for a safari by undercutting rivals, but these cut-price safaris are often bogus or fail to deliver the itineraries, transport and services promised. See the Travel Agencies section for reputable tour operators. Their main haunts include along Boma and Goliondoi Rds, at the bus station and near the budget hotels. Make sure any tour company you sign up with is properly registered by checking the current ‘blacklist’ at the TTB Tourist Information Centre on Boma Rd.

At night, take a taxi if you go out. It’s not safe to walk, especially over the bridge on Old Moshi Rd near the clock tower, and in the area between the Mt Meru Hotel and the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) building.

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While you're there

Medical services

Accident Air Rescue (AAR; 250 8020; Haile Selassie Rd, Plot 54) Just off Old Moshi Rd; lab tests and a doctor on call 24 hours.

Moona’s Pharmacy (250 9800, 0741 510590; Sokoine Rd; 8.45am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat)

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