There is a full range of medical facilities available in Arusha, including the newly built Selian Hospital and the Arusha Hospital currently under renovation. The Arusha medical centre boasts an affiliation with AAR (Africa Air Rescue) and for a reasonable fee, health insurance is available.
The Njiru shopping centre, in a recently developed suburb of Arusha, has a modern supermarket, a cinema complex, several restaurants and a wide selection of shops. If you are looking for a more traditional shopping experience, head to the open air market, where you can buy just about anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothing, footwear and local handicrafts.
Hotels and Dining
Arusha has a very good range of hotels catering to international and domestic tourist and business visitors to northern Tanzania. The city’s many restaurants serve a variety of tasty foods from African specialities to international cuisine. Popular choices include African barbecue, Italian, Ethiopian, Indian and Chinese restaurants.
There are several international schools in and around Arusha. These include the International School Moshi, the Arusha International School, Braeburn School, St Robert’s International School and the new Kennedy House School adjoining the Dolly Estate.
The largest of these, the International School Moshi, was founded in 1969 and now has 460 students from 46 nationalities on two campuses in Moshi and Arusha. The Arusha campus has 200 day-students, offers courses from pre-kindergarten to grade 10, and has been recognized as an IB World school since 2007.
A landing strip for light aircraft is planned along the southern boundary of the estate, where land has already been demarcated for this purpose. The strip will be 1500m long, sufficient for the take-off and landing of most categories of private planes, and will thus provide an alternative option for traveling to and from the national parks and other tourist attractions.