Arusha is one of the cities in Tanzania and the seat of the East African Community. It is located at the southern foot of Mt. Meru, a Volcanic mountain.
It attained a city status on 1 July 2006 and the majority of inhabitants are of mixed origin, with a population of 416,442 plus 323,198 who live in the surroundings.
The inhabitants are indigenous African, Arab-Tanzanian and Indian-Tanzanian population, plus a small European and an American minority population.
It is located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru and a gateway to Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, with a peak of 5,895m.
Arusha lies some 100km Northeast of Tanzania, with to the West lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards. Annual migrations feature huge herds of wildebeests crossing its plains.
This explains the high turn up of tourists from Asia particularly China, Japan and Indian, Europe and USA and Canada, to mention, but a few.
At Kilimanjaro, on Sunday, there was a long queue of tourists hurrying to book hotels and tourist firms for travel to the national parks.
The region is a tourist destination and is the centre of the northern Tanzania safari circuit. The national parks and reserves in this region include Ngorongoro Conservation area, Arusha National Pak, Loliodo Game Controlled Area and part of Manyara National Park.
It’s a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast. To the west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards.
Arusha has a temperate climate, and lies at the Eastern edge of the Eastern branch of Great Rift Valley.
The city also hosted the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for 9 years, from 1994 to 2015
It is 60km from Kirimanjalo International Airport, half way to Moshi town.