Located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the twin peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha is the safari capital of the country. Guests embarking on the popular northern safari circuit all stop in the ‘Geneva of Africa’ to prepare for their journeys into the African bush. Arusha is a major centre of Tanzanian diplomacy and international relations. Accommodation varies from the simple and budget guest houses and hostels to standard and luxury hotels scattered around town and outskirt areas.
The town was built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration in the early 20th century. Today Arusha is one of the country’s most prosperous towns. The site for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal on the Rwandan genocide and the headquarters for the Tripartite commission for East African Co-operation. Nowadays it is not only the country's most active tourism centre but also an important regional business and administrative centre.