WELCOME TO ARUSHA
Built by the Germans as a centre for colonial administration in the 19th century, Arusha was a sleepy little town with a few shops and a grassy roundabout. From its backwater status amidst farmlands and plantations, it’s now grown and developed into one of the country’s most prosperous and thriving towns. It receives around 400,000 foreign visitors each year and has a myriad of interesting shops, bustling markets, exciting cultural events, vibrant nightlife, bars and restaurants that provide entertainment to warrant a longer stay. Arusha is also the site for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal on the Rwandan genocide and headquarters of the East African Community.
Located in the northern highlands of Tanzania beneath the twin peaks of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Arusha is the safari capital of the country, ideally located as a departure point into the northern circuit of the Tanzanian wilderness that includes Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, The Ngorongoro Crater (the eighth wonder of the world) & its surrounding Conservation Area, and the endless plains of Serengeti National Park and the annual wildebeest migration. It rests in a fertile valley that’s the bread and vegetable basket of the country, producing half the nation’s wheat, and substantial amounts of coffee, flowers, pyrethrum as well as fruits and vegetables. The snow-capped slopes of Kilimanjaro and the highest mountain in Africa towers above Arusha’s neighboring town of Moshi. Arusha is well connected to the rest of Tanzania (and Nairobi, Kenya) by both road and air.
Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year and temperatures range between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average of 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 to the east.