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Things to do in Arusha

Best attractions to visit in Arusha

1. Mount Kilimanjaro - Arusha

Mount Kilimanjaro

A dormant mountain with three volcanic cones, Kilimanjaro is a mountain found in Tanzania. The three cones have the names of Mawenzi, Kibo and Shira. One distinguishing feature of this mountain is that it is regarded as being the highest one within all of Africa. With a height of 4,877 meters, Kilimanjaro is located at an elevated height of about 5,895 m above the sea level. This mountain is also ranked as the 4th among all ‘World Peaks with 4000 M of Prominence’. This interesting mountain is actually a part of the famous Kilimanjaro National Park, and noted for being a very popular climbing destination. Located in the northern part of the country, Kilimanjaro is one of the highest free standing mounts in the world. It is situated near the border of Kenya. One amazing feature of this mountain is that though it lies 330 km to the south and close to the Equator, Kilimanjaro is famous for being the snow capped mountain in Africa, which actually looms over the stretched out areas of the surrounding savannahs. With a breathtakingly beautiful landscape, the mountain has around 5 different climatic zones, with each one flaunting its own distinct selection of fauna and flora.

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2. Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Arusha

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Being a marked UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located about 180 km towards the west of Arusha. It is in the Crater Highlands area within Tanzania. The site has been named after a large volcanic crater with the name of Ngorongoro within the area. One of the most amazing features of the conservation area is the namesake crater, which is known to be an intact and one of the largest inactive volcanic caldera in the world. This crater was nominated to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The crater is 300 square km in area, 20 km of distance across, and is around 600 m deep. Another feature which makes this conservation area unique is the fact that it is the only conservation space in Tanzania, which has been created for the protection of wildlife and also allows human habitation within the area. About 25,000 large animals are estimated to live here, most of which are of the ungulate class, and consist of the Black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo as well as the hippopotamus, with the blue wildebeest, the Waterbucks, Grants Zebra and the common Eland to name a few. A strong cheetah and lion population along with hartebeest and jackals can also be found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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