Arusha is the capital city of the Arusha Region. Located on the slopes of Mount Meru, this town is amongst beautiful landscapes as well as national parks. Arusha is Hindi for “rising sun.” According to the 2002 census, Arusha’s population is 1,288,088.
- Arusha National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Lake Manvara
- Olduvai Gorge
- Tarangire National Park
- Mount Kilimanjaro
- Mount Meru
Climate and Geography:
Even though Arusha is located just south of the equator, its temperature is quite moderate due to its elevation (1,400m or 4,600 feet). Situated on the southern slopes of Mount Meru, the temperature ranges between 55 and 86 degree Fahrenheit. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. It has two distinct seasons each year (wet and dry) like much of Eastern Africa. The Indian Ocean is a few hundred miles away, but sends eastern winds to the town of Arusha. “Almost within the entire city; if you go north you will be going up hill, and going south is always down hill.”
Substinence farming. The majority of Arusha’s population depends on agriculture for economic growth. Both flowers and vegetables are exported to Europeans countries, as well as coffee.
*** Thought for implication on project: Use outside space as a garden. Allow it to be used as an “outdoor classroom.” Let this be an opportunity to let the community learn tricks of their trade as well as the children located in the orphanage’s dormitory.***
Factories: brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant, and a large pharmaceuticals maker.