Although tourism is the driving force of Arusha’s economy and a significant contributor to Tanzania’s income, subsistence farming and corporate mining for Tanzanite are other local efforts. Several breweries and factories producing tyres, fibreboards and pharmaceuticals are established in the region.
Arusha’s crowning glory is its proximity to world-renown national parks and games reserves, including the Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the city’s own Arusha National Park covering Mount Meru. Picture this: a prominent volcano – the second highest in Tanzania - with grasslands to its southeast, shallow alkaline lakes to its northeast and a funneling crater to its west. Add in some flamingoes, buffalo, zebra and camera-shy elephants, and have the image of the country’s smallest but majestic national park.