Arusha is the safari capital of the country, located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the twin peaks of Mt. Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Guests embarking on the popular northern safari circuit all stop in the ‘Geneva of Africa’ to prepare for their journeys into the African bush.
From is two-lane streets, the dramatic crater of Mt. Meru stands over the town like a majestic sentinel, it’s crater strewn with thick clouds, it’s slopes dark with verdant forest. Arusha’s ideal location near the major national parks and it’s highland setting make it a peaceful idyll of relaxation before the start of an exciting journey.
Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration administration in the early 20th century, Arusha was a sleepy town with a garrison stationed at the old boma and a few shops around a grassy roundabout. From its backwater status amidst the farmlands and plantations of northern Tanzania, today Arusha is one of the country’s most prosperous towns.
Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Since 1994, the city has also hosted the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It is a multicultural city with a majority Tanzanian population of mixed backgrounds: indigenous Bantu, Arab-Tanzanian and Indian-Tanzanian population, plus small White European and white American minority population. Religions of the Arushan population are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu.
The current site of Arusha was first settled in the 1830s by the agro-pastoral Arusha Maasai from the Arusha Chini community, south of Mount Kilimanjaro. They traded grains, honey, beer, and tobacco with the pastoral Kisongo Maasai in exchange for livestock, milk, meat, and skins. Demand for Arusha’s foodstuffs increased substantially during the 1860s when the Pangani Valley trade route was extended through Old Moshi, Arusha, and ultimately to western Kenya. Although it was not yet a town, it was a regional centre and had a number of urban features.
Despite its proximity to the equator, Arusha’s elevation of 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures relatively low and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average around 25 degrees. It has distinct wet and dry seasons, and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east.
Tanzanite Experience - One of the many shops selling tanzanite; this one has set up a little museum about the rare gem, which is mined almost exclusively in the Kilimanjaro area.
Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre - It is located in Arusha, Tanzania. It is a place where the past and present of the Tanzania's 120-plus tribes can be viewed in a single compound. The centre boasts of various carvings, gemstones, artifacts, clothing and books.
Arusha Declaration Monument - (Swahili: Mnara wa Azimio la Arusha) is a landmark monument and tourist attraction in Arusha, Tanzania. It was unveiled in 1977 by the nation's ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party to commemorate ten years of the Arusha Declaration. It lies along Makongoro Road at the centre of the roundabout.
Old Boma Museum - old German boma (fortified compound), completed in 1900, has three parts. The best is the wing dedicated to human evolution, since much of what we know about the topic came from fossils unearthed in Tanzania. There are also displays on insects, the history of Arusha during the German colonial.
Esprit Ethnique & Craft Shop - shopping centre.
Meserani Snake Park - The snake park is located 25km west of Arusha on the route to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.The park provides various activities, take a guided tour and learn about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world, from the Black and Green Mamba, Egyptian Cobra, Puff Adders and many more. Capture your special moment and hold a real live snake. Check out the 3m plus crocodiles at feeding time and touch a baby crocodile.
Arusha National Park - Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m. The park is small but one can enjoy seeing animals like giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingo, elephant, lion and many other African animals. Leopard populations are present, but rarely seen. Birdlife in the forest is prolific. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east is grassland. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the north-east have varying algal colours and are known for their wading birds.
Night Life in Arusha - There are several place to go to, depending on the night, different activities take place at different venues. Muzungu square has a sports bar, a great place to go to catch up on your home teams. There is also a salsa night at the Mexican restaurant, sometimes bringing international dancers for a show and lessons. Outside of Muzungu Square three night clubs seem to be pretty popular, offering a mixes of karaoke, hip hop dance music, live local music, ladies night and even big screen movie parties. It all depends on day and season for these activities. Ask around or contact these clubs Via Via, Triple A, and Blue Heron.
Wild LIfe :- Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Cater and Tarangire National Park are accessible from Arusha
Trekking :- Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru
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