Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is the country’s safari capital located close to some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks, which are Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire, Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) as well as Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest mountain.
The lakes, forest and Ngorongoro Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of your holiday.
The many activities in Arusha include attending conferences, game drives, forest walks, mountain biking, canoeing, and visiting numerous picnic sites, and a 3 to 4 day Mount Meru climb – a good acclimatization for Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Other activities offer cultural tourism and visiting of different places like museums, Masai markets, and local markets.
Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania, the capital of the Arusha Region, with a projected population of 1,288,088, including 516,000 for the Arusha District.
It is a major international diplomatic hub, and hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Tourism sector is a major contributor to the economy of this city, being the second largest contributor of income in Tanzania.