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Impala Hotel.
  Impala Hotel
Getting there
Impala Hotel is situated a 45-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) and 15–30 minutes (depending on traffic) from Arusha Airport (ARK/HTAR). International flights arrive at7depart from Kilimanjaro, while domestic flights arrive at/depart from both Kilimanjaro and Arusha.
The hotel is some 5 hours' drive from Nairobi in Kenya and 9 from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast.
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Impala Hotel
Impala Hotel is a big tourist class hotel in a quiet suburb of Arusha in northern Tanzania. Safari-goers mainly use the hotel for overnight stays in connection with flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ), which is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel has its own shuttle bus (USD 10 one way) for airport transfers.

The hotel has 160 rooms, of which 40 are suites of different types and sizes. Generally, the standard of the rooms varies depending on if they are in the old or the new part of the hotel. The rooms in the original part are fair, while those in the newer part are better.

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Impala Hotel has three restaurants. There is the continental restaurant, which also serves breakfast, the mixed Italian/Chinese restaurant by the bar overlooking the small hotel garden and the swimming pool, and the Indian restaurant, set in a courtyard within the hotel. Choose the Indian restaurant for a very good meal.

There is also money exchange, Internet café, conference facilities, plus traditional hotel services such as laundry, room service etc. A shop sells souvenirs, toiletries etc. Two more shops mainly offer gemstones and jewellery; this may be a place for you to look for the local tanzanite gemstone.

Wildlife and safaris
Impala Hotel is situated in the city, and you can't expect any wildlife around. The birding isn't very good, either.

Pool garden at Impala Hotel.

Room at Impala Hotel.

The Italian/Chinese restaurant by the swimming pool.

Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is situated 30 to 60 minutes' drive east of the hotel, and it's a suitable park for a day tour. It has a number of different biotopes, ranging from freshwater and soda lakes to grassland and mountain forest. There is also a high mountain, Mount Meru, 4,566 m/14,980 ft. Mainly herbivores, monkeys and birds are seen. Zebras, buffalos, waterbucks and giraffes are often spotted, and it's a park where you can be fairly sure to see bushbuck at close range. Elephants and red duikers are harder to spot. The park is known for its population of black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Because of the mix of habitats, there's a lot to see for birders. Some of the fine species we have seen are crowned eagle, lanner falcon, Levaillant's cuckoo, Hartlaub's turaco and narina trogon.

Tarangire and Lake Manyara
Both Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park are about two hours' drive from Arusha, which means day tours are possible. The roads are tarmac almost all the way. Both these parks offer a varied wildlife, including good chances of seeing elephants.

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