Located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the two peaks of Mount Meru and Mount 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 African Bush. From its two lines streets, the dramatic crater of Mount 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 highlands settings make it a peaceful idyll of relaxation before the start of an exciting journey
Built by Germans as a center for colonial administration in the early 20 century, Arusha was a sleepy town with garrison stationed at the old boma and a few shops around a grassy roundabout. 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 for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal on the Rwandan Genocide and the headquarter for the Tripartite Commission for East African Co-operation, Arusha is a major center of Tanzanian diplomacy and international relations.