Highlights to explore
Arusha is a city in Tanzania, located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru. It's a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa's highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometres northeast. 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.
1. Arusha, nicknamed the Geneva of Tanzania, for its mountainous landscapes and cool, crisp climate, is one of the largest cities in the North of the country. Arusha is home to the UNICTR, The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It is also the site of the signing of the Arusha Declaration.
2. The main mode of public transport is “daladala”, the ubiquitous minibuses which ply their trade on all the main routes in town. They are very cheap. The pricing of transportation is regulated by the government. Prices are listed on the sides of the daladala for each distance or stop covered.
3. The local markets in the centre of town are not to be missed. Bargaining is required, meaning prices will range from dirt-cheap to tourist-expensive, depending on the goods and also on how sharply you pay attention.
4. Arusha is known for its cool temperature.