Serengeti National Park Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Serengeti National Park

Restaurants are few and far between in Serengeti National Park, but if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, you're in luck – several of the park's lodges feature one or more on-site restaurants. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, for example, has an eatery that specializes in buffet-style meals with traditional safari and Tanzanian fare, such as locally sourced coffee and tea, nyama choma (grilled meats) and ugali (a maize dish that has a porridge-like consistency). And at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, three dining venues are available, including an outdoor terrace with pizza and African-inspired tapas and an indoor buffet with various African and international dishes. Boma Grill, the property's third restaurant, seats guests around an open-air fire pit as they savor African dishes and watch the Masai perform a traditional dance. Many Serengeti lodges will also offer bush dining experiences, where diners can enjoy a private meal in the wild.

However, most travelers opt to go on safari (most of which cover all meals in tour rates) or purchase food at one of the park's convenience stores to prepare at a campsite. Safari tour operators that provide meals at a lodge or boxed to enjoy picnic-style include Africa Dream Safaris and Serengeti Select Safaris. Keep in mind that some companies charge an additional fee for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. For budget-conscious travelers, the park sells drinks, snacks and raw meat for grilling at convenience stores in the Seronera River Valley and Naabi Hill.

Find the Best Restaurants in Serengeti National Park

  • #1
    Chinese Whispers
    #1 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 400 reviewsTripAdvisor (400)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    Njiro Road Njiro Complex First Floor, Arusha 00000 Tanzania
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  • #2
    Georges Tavern
    #2 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 475 reviewsTripAdvisor (475)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Greek, International
    Hallie Selassie Road N 50, Arusha 11580 Tanzania
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  • #3
    Khan's BBQ
    #3 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 702 reviewsTripAdvisor (702)
    $ | Indian, Barbecue
    Mosque Street City Centre, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #4
    Rivertrees Restaurant
    #4 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 163 reviewsTripAdvisor (163)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, International, Pub
    Arusha - Himo Road, Usa River, Arusha 00000 Tanzania
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  • #5
    Picasso Cafe
    #5 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 220 reviewsTripAdvisor (220)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Sushi, International
    Kijenge Supermarket Simeon Road, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #6
    The Blue Heron
    #6 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 410 reviewsTripAdvisor (410)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European, International
    Haille-Sellassie Road, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #7
    Onsea House Arusha
    #7 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripAdvisor (147)
    $$ | French, Belgian, Wine Bar, African, European
    Baraa Road, Moshono Village, Moivaro Area, Arusha 1259 Tanzania
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  • #8
    Africafe
    #8 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 438 reviewsTripAdvisor (438)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, International
    Boma Road, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #9
    Kitamu Coffee
    #9 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 51 reviewsTripAdvisor (51)
    $ | African, Cafe, International, Soups
    Goliondoi Street Plot NO 5/E, Arusha 255 Tanzania
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  • #10
    The Baobab Restaurant
    #10 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 105 reviewsTripAdvisor (105)
    $ - $$ | African, Indian, International
    44/1 Serengeti Road, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #11
    Fifi's
    #11 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, International
    Themi Road Next To Tanesco, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #12
    Alpha Choice
    #12 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 104 reviewsTripAdvisor (104)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Fast Food
    Sokoine Rd Nakumatt Plaza East Wing Opposite Empire Sports Bar, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #13
    Le Patio
    #13 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pizza, French, International, European, Pub
    Haile Selasie Road, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #14
    Via Via Caltural cafe - Arusha
    #14 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ - $$ | African, Bar, International
    Boma road, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #15
    Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
    #15 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 57 reviewsTripAdvisor (57)
    $ - $$ | African, Ethiopian
    Nairobi Road Opposite Sakina Supermarket, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #16
    Five Chutneys (Choice Fast Food)
    #16 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 73 reviewsTripAdvisor (73)
    $ | Indian, Fast Food, Street Food
    Azimio Street Opp. Rushda Supermarket, Arusha 1103 Tanzania
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  • #17
    THE MILIMANI LODGE
    #17 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 71 reviewsTripAdvisor (71)
    $ - $$ | International
    Near Phillips Arusha, Arusha 101 Tanzania
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  • #18
    Christina House
    #18 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 46 reviewsTripAdvisor (46)
    $ - $$ | African, International
    Kwapole Chama Near Tengeru Small Town, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #19
    Hot Tandoor Village Indian cuisine
    #19 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 28 reviewsTripAdvisor (28)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Serengeti Road Next to Barclays Bank, Arusha Tanzania
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  • #20
    The Fig and Olive
    #20 of 148 Places to Eat in Arusha
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 75 reviewsTripAdvisor (75)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Lebanese, Greek
    Haile Selassie Road Cultural Heritage, Arusha Tanzania
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