"Kilimanjaro" Top 5 Page for this destination Arusha by iaint
Arusha Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 176 photos
This trip has 3 purposes ("fun" being the underlying theme, naturally).
First is to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. It is just a bit east of here.
Second is to visit 3 charitable projects which my Rotary club has been supporting. They are all in the Arusha/Moshi area.
Last but definitely not least, safari! Ngorongoro and Serengeti are just to the west.
More on all this later!
Leaving aside the tourism stuff - a dominant local feature - it's only 100 km from the border with Kenya (so in the northeast of the country) and has a population of 270,000 (as of 2002).
It is the 2nd largest city in Tanzania, and is in the lee of Mt Meru, so lush and green as a result of the water flowing down off the hill (it's raining up there as I write this - a thunderstorm, in fact). It is also a fertile area, the soil being volcanic. It's 1,500m up (say 4,800 ft).
Mt Meru seems to be shrouded in cloud much of the time, but I got a few shots early in the morning (7-8am) where it's entirely clear. 4,565m high - about 14,600 ft - it's the 5th highest mountain in Africa.
.... I've put safari stuff on this page, and Kilimanjaro material on my Moshi page.
Have a look at both if planning a trip.
I didn't go into the city at all. Several reasons for that. First, I was too busy. Second, my guide book gave me no reason to feel the need. Last, security and not wanting to be hassled non-stop.
- Cons:security worries
- In a nutshell:mixed thoughts on the place
It?s famous. Famous for its herds of wildebeest and zebra. Famous for their mass migrations. Famous for the predators... more travel advice
It?s a conservation area (as opposed to a national park) because the Masai tribe are allowed to live and farm within it.... more travel advice
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