Arusha is at the heart of Tanzania’s safari industry. Virtually everyone visiting Tanzania’s Northern parks will travel through this town. The streets are lined with tour operators selling safaris, and 4×4’s seem to be setting off at every turn. However, Arusha is definitely more than just a safari town; it has superb views of Kilimanjaro and with a number of coffee plantations situated around the edge of town, it is a great place to stay for a day or two before heading out on safari.
Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania, the capital of the Arusha Region, with a projected population of 1,288,088, including 516,000 for the Arusha District. The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha has a temperate climate. The city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park on Mount Meru terrains.
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. Tourism sector is a major contributor to the economy of the city of Arusha, being the second largest contributor of income in Tanzania. The town of Arusha, Tanzania is the country’s safari capital located in the north of the country since he City is within the close proximity with three among the seven Natural wonders of Africa which are The Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) as well as Mt Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain.
Arusha is slightly a cosmopolitan city with a majority Tanzanian population of mixed backgrounds, large Arab-Tanzanian and Indian-Tanzanian population, and small White European and white American minority population. Religions and denominations of the Arusha’s population are Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu.
|Languages spoken||English, Kiswahili|
|Currency used||Tanzania Shillings (TSh)|
|Area (km2)||37,576 km²|