Arusha

Arusha

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. Guests embarking on the popular northern safari circuit all stop in the “Geneva of Africa” to prepare for their journeys into the African bush. From its two-lane streets, the dramatic crater of Mt Meru stands over the town like a majestic sentinel, its crater strewn with thick clouds, its slopes dark with verdant forest. Arusha’s ideal location near the major national parks and its highland setting make it a peaceful idyll of relaxation before the start of an exciting journey.

Built by the German as a center for colonial administration in the early 20th century, Arusha was sleepy town with a garrison stationed at the old boma and a few shops around a grassy round about. From its backwater status amidst the farmlands and plantations of northern Tanzania, today Arusha is one of the country’s most prosperous towns. The site of the United Nations Criminal Tribunal on the Rwandan genocide and the headquarters of the Tripartite Commission for East African Co-operation, Arusha is a major center for Tanzanian diplomacy and international relations.