ARUSHA & SURROUNDS
Arusha is 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, it has a mild climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.
Despite its proximity to the equator, Arusha’s elevation of 1,400 m on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures relatively low and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year, with temperatures ranging between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average around 25 degrees.
The Clock Tower
Half way between Cairo and Cape Town, the Arusha Clock Tower is considered the centre and the symbol of the town as is The Arusha Hotel. This is situated just outside the main gate of the hotel, making The Arusha Hotel the closest hospitality establishment to this landmark.
Arusha National Park
Located only 45 kilometers from Arusha, this small park includes a wide range of habits, from alkaline crater lakes known for their wading birds to the highlands, forests and the summit of Mt Meru a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m. Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, which is just 60 km away and forms a backdrop to views from the park to the east. Arusha National Park lies on a 300-kilometre axis of Africa’s most famous national parks, running from Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the west to Kilimanjaro National Park in the east.
Despite the small size of the park, common animals include giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingos and more. African Elephant are present, but rarely seen, similarly Leopard, but there are no lion in the park. Birdlife in the forest is prolific, with many forest species more easily seen here than elsewhere on the tourist route – Narina Trogon and Bar-tailed Trogon are both possible highlights for visiting birders, whilst the range of starling species provide somewhat less gaudy interest.
Cultural Tourism Programs
There are many options for experiencing Arusha from a cultural aspect. Trips to local villages, cottage industries and organizations can be easily organized through the Hotel. The profits made from these tours are invested back into the local community. Should you like us arrange such an excursion for you please contact Guest Relations on ext 522.
The Museum of Natural History
Housed in the National Monument, also known as the German Fort, the museum is entrusted with the responsibility of acquiring, conserving and exhibiting to the public the country’s natural resource treasures.