Arusha is located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the twin peaks of Mt. Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration administration in the early 20th century, Arusha was a sleepy town with a 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 headquarters for the Tripartite commission for East African Co-operation, Arusha is a major centre of Tanzanian diplomacy and international relations.
Arusha is a small town with a bustling market that offers a wide range of local souvenirs. It is mainly a starting point for the many national parks in Tanzania. The Clock Tower marks the center of town, and is located halfway between Cairo and the Cape of Good Hope.
The closest national park to Arusha town is Arusha National Park. The entrance gate leads into montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and black-and-white colobus monkeys. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog. Further north is the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue that are sometimes home to thousands of flamingos. Waterbuck, giraffe, zebra, dik-dik, leopard and hyena are also present in the park.
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