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Serengeti National Park, Mt Meru & Ngorongoro Crater in Arusha, Tanzania

Best things to do in Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - Encountering an elephant with Pamola Safaris

Encountering an elephant with Pamola Safaris.

I’m really excited to interview Scott Brills of Pamoja Safaris about Arusha, Tanzania. Scott’s tips for the best things to do in Arusha are awesome because he and his business partner have been running an ethical safari and Kilimanjaro trekking company for 15 years. Although he’s originally from Detroit, he spends about half the year in Tanzania, growing the company and helping customers have the experience of a lifetime.

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Best things to do in Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - A local market in Arusha

A local market in Arusha.

Arusha, Tanzania

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Tanzania Unforgettable, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - Melia Hotel in Arusha

Melia Hotel in Arusha.

Getting around Arusha

The local airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is about an hour away from Arusha. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Scott says that most visitors do not rent a car. They are typically picked up by their tour operator or trekking provider. Or you can take a taxi for around $50 to $60. The usual rental car providers, like Avis, Budget, or Hertz, do not operate in Arusha.

Public transportation is limited to long-distance buses and short-distance minivans (dallah-dallahs) that are usually crammed with people. For most tourists, this experience won’t be enjoyable… especially while carrying your luggage.

Best things to do in Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - Talking on a walky talky while on safari

Talking on a walky-talky while on safari.

Places we talked about on the Arusha, Tanzania podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Scott Brills about Arusha, Tanzania. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Green dots = best things to do in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Arusha, Tanzania

Who is Scott Brills?

Scott is an international entrepreneur and adventure capitalist, currently focused on making his mark in the travel and tourism space. Having started his adventure and business career at the age of 19 in the field of IT and web development, he has since traveled to nearly 100 countries and has started companies in six of them along the way.

Currently focused on adventure tourism in Tanzania and food tourism in Japan, Scott spends upwards of half of the year on the road developing his companies.

Best things to do in Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - Columbia Beach

Here is a video promoting his company and a few articles about safaris:

You can connect with Scott on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Scott and I met through Travel Massive, an online community of travel writers, experts and influencers.

We Travel There - Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Scott’s tips for Arusha.

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Best things to do in Arusha Tanzania - Scott Brills - Views from a Land Cruiser while on safari

Views from a Land Cruiser while on safari.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Interesting article about Safari Experience

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