Arusha city is located at the foot of Mount Meru with a temperate climate throughout the year. It is the tourists gateway to Tanzania's major national parks and game reserves, such as Arusha National parks, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Mount Kilimanjaro. The city is located near the border with Kenya, being only one-and-half hour away by car from the border. Arusha is well served by Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). and its own Arusha Airport.
Arusha is one of the best known cities in Tanzania. It is a multicultural city with a large international community. A number of International Organizations are headquartered here. The list includes the East African Community (EAC), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the Commonwealth Secretariat for Health and the Union of Pan African Post Offices (PAPO). The Arusha International Conference Center attracts many international and national conferences each year and has had the likes of Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela in attendance.
The Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) located in the Arusha City, is the leading conference venue in Tanzania. It has a total of 10 meeting rooms which cater for conferences, workshops, seminars, and committee meetings, with a seating capacity of 10 to 1000 delegates. Most of these rooms are equipped with Simultaneous Interpretation Systems (SIS) which can handle up to 12 languages. It is a working distance from most of the hotels to the conference centre.
Major tenants include:
Simba Hall was expanded to accommodate 1,313 delegates from its former capacity of 1,000 for the 8th Sullivan Summit
For more information Visit http://www.aicc.co.tz/
Mount Kilimanjaro; Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania.
Serengeti National Park; The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in Mara Region. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The national park is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers(1,100 square miles.) The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
Flora & Fauna:
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons. Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River.
The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.
Location & Access
Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road south from Arusha in under four hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometer(43 mile) drive from Tarangire. [Please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarangire_National_Park]
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region of north eastern Tanzania. The park is small (about 552 sq km) but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. It is located northeast of Arusha town. It is an easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.
The local organizers have arranged for the transport from the airport to the hotel
The shilingi (in Swahili) or shilling (in English) is the currency of Tanzania, although widespread use of U.S. dollars is accepted. It is subdivided into 100 cents.
Commercial banks such as Barclays, Standard Chartered, Bank of Baroda, NMB, NBC, CRDB, and many other are all available in Arusha. Banking hours are from Monday-Friday, 8:30A.M.-3:00P.M, Saturdays 8.30AM-1.30PM. Barclays bank is open until 4.00PM during weekdays. Please note that banks are closed on Sundays.
Apart from banks there are also bureau de changes which are buying and selling foreign currencies against Tanzanian shillings. Bureau De Changes are available in Arusha Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, and in major hotels. Many of them are located in Arusha Central Business District- Clock Tower Area
For the most part, there are two types of electrical sockets (outlets) used in the United Republic of Tanzania: the "Type G " British BS-1363 and the "Type D" Indian (old British BS-546 5 amp "small") sockets. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for both types.
But the shape of the socket is only half the story
Electrical sockets (outlets) in the United Republic of Tanzania usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.
But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts.
Conference participants will obtain visa on arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Visa fee is USD 50 or equivalent. There will be local organizers at the airport to help.
For information on weather and climate for Arusha City, kindly visit the following website.
UN Economic Commission for Africa, Menelik II Ave. P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tel: +251 11 551 7200, Fax: +251 11 551 4416
World Meteorological Organization, 7bis, avenue de la Paix, Case postale 2300 CH-1211 Geneva 2 Switzerland. Tel.: +41 (0) 22 730 81 11 Fax: +41 (0) 22 730 81 81