Geographically situated midway between the Cape and Cairo, Arusha has grown from a simple trading post to one of Tanzania's principal towns. The main starting point for most safaris and expeditions into Northern Tanzania, Arusha is located at the foot of Mt. Meru, Tanzania's second-highest mountain, and boasts spectacular views of Africa's highest mountain - Mt Kilimanjaro. The numerous vegetable and flower farms and coffee plantations, as well as the Tanzanite mines, are the mainstay of the town's economy.
Lake Duluti, a short drive from Arusha, is a scenic spot where swimming and tilapia fishing is permitted. Numerous water birds can be found in the area, and the surrounding area makes for an interesting and easy walk.
The 137sqKm Arusha National Park, a small gem located on the slopes of Mount Meru (4566m/14980ft), shelters the beautiful string of Momella lakes, the striking Ngurdoto Crater as well as a good number of plains game including elephants and giraffes, monkeys and baboons, the occasional leopard, and rich and luxuriant vegetation including mahogany and olive trees which grace the slopes of the mountain.
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