Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha has a temperate climate. The city sometimes referred to as the “safari capital” of the northern circuit, is served by Kilimanjaro International Airport which has several weekly flights to and from Europe. There is also a small domestic airport for flights out to the various national Parks as well as to the Coast. Arusha is easily reached from Nairobi by road (about five hours journey) or by air (a one hour flight), and there are several hotels which offer satisfactory accommodation.
The city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Mt. Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones is the highest mountain in Africa and indeed the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea level. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub and also home to the famous Arusha International Conference Center, host to many international meetings.