Highlights and main attractions of Arusha
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in Arusha is the Masaai. Going about their daily lives, adorned in bold colours, they ride their bikes, sell hand-made beadwork and herd cattle, whilst the vibrant buses share the roads with cows and goats. You are in a true African city and although it is not pretty in itself, it is surrounded by stunning scenery and full of lively, smiley people.
Founded by German colonialists in 1900, Arusha is now the centre for commerce and safari operations in northern Tanzania. Here you will find markets on most of the street corners, where ladies sell big bunches of bananas and avocados seem astoundingly large. Snugly set in the foothills of Mount Meru, it is surrounded by some of Africa’s most fascinating parks and attractions.
The magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro looms to the east, and to the northwest lie Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara, as well as the wide savannah plains of the famous Serengeti.