Tanzania Arusha City

Arusha,  the  gateway  to  the  world  famous  game  sanctuaries  of  Serengeti,  Ngorongoro,  Tarangire  and  Lake  Manyara,  is  one  of  the  oldest  towns  in  Tanzania.  From a tiny German garrison in 1900, Arusha has grown to become the tourist capital of Tanzania with a population of about 400,000 people. At 1390 metres above sea level, Arusha enjoys a very agreeable climate throughout the year. Positioned at the centre of Africa between the Cape and Cairo on the Great North Road, Arusha is the administrative seat of the East African Community made up of Tanzania, Kenya Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Arusha offers an excellent opportunity for authentic souvenirs shopping, including the bold Makonde carvings, and the colourful Tinga Tinga works and batiks. Tanzanite, the native gemstone of Arusha, and one of the most beautiful and exciting gems to come from Africa,  is  sold  in  all  gemstone  shops  in  town  alongside  other  locally  mined  stones  like  Ruby,  Rhodolite  and Tourmaline. Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967, some 40 kilometres to the southeast of Arusha at Mererani. To date Mererani remains the only commercially viable source for Tanzanite in the world. Tanzanite was named after Tanzania.

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