Streets of Arusha
Photo by: Noel Feans, Creative Commons

Located in North Tanzania, Arusha is the city closest to the masterpieces of Nature. It is situated just at the foot of Mount Meru, which is at the east side of the Great Rift Valley. This city is very near to Tanzania’s major geographical and wildlife attractions.

Though it is very near the equator, Arusha enjoys a cool and dry climate. This is because of its 1400 meter average elevation from sea level. The average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius all year. The region has a distinct rainy season which is usually at April and May.

The city has a very beautiful, mountain side landscape. With Mt. Meru on the north, Arusha has a smooth down hill slope as one goes south. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the place per year. It has its own Arusha National Park located on the mountain.

The city also serves as the base for people wanting to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. These places are inhabited by plenty of game species like lions, birds, gazelles, rhinos and zebras. People who enjoy the sight of rich flora and fauna consider Arusha as their primary destination.

For less than an hours ride, people can also visit the anthropologically rich Olduvai Gorge. There are museums displaying recovered artifacts from early humans and hominids.

At the end of the day, there are several top-rated lodges to choose from: the Impala Hotel, Mount Meru Hotel, Onsea House and more. There is also the famous Dik Dik Hotel which organizes mountain climbing parties to Kilimanjaro.

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