TANZANIA & ARUSHA

Tanzania is a country in East Africa surrounded by lakes, the Indian Ocean as well the island Zanzibar. Tanzania has one of the most stunning landscapes, having Mount Kilimanjaro as the highest  mountain in Africa, the Serengeti National Park and the island Zanzibar in the country. Also the Great Rift Valley, a long depression in the earth runs through Tanzania. But we want to share our home with you to show you that Tanzania is more than Safari, mountains, beaches and the Maasai people (although there are great parts of the country).

The mainland Tanganyika gained independence in 1961, followed by the Island Zanzibar in 1963. In 1964 they formed the United Republic of Tanzania, the current president is John Pombe Magufuli (elected in October 2015).

More then 50 million people belonging to 128 different ethnic groups live in Tanzania. Most of them are living in villages and working as farmers. But cities like Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Arusha are growing fast. Although Tanzania is a so called “Third World” or “Developing Country”, most people have access to power and water and live in houses rather than mud huts. Approximately half of the Tanzanian inhabitants are Christian, the other half Muslim. Religion is an important part in many people‘s lives as they go to church and mosque regularly. Also Indians, other Asian and Europeans live here: Tanzania is a peaceful country where different nationalities and religions live side by side.

Our projects are situated in Arusha, where about half a million people live, most of them belong to the Waarusha, Wameru and Maasai ethnicity. Although the town is smaller than Dar es Salaam, you can get almost everything you need and also the most popular National Parks, like the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Lake Manyara as well as Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro are close by.

Taxis, dala dala (mini busses), bajajis (tuk-tuks) and motorbikes are available for transport. Also the health care situation is good with several different hospitals and dispensaries around town. ATM Cash Machines are spread throughout the town. Different Restaurant serve among others Italian, French, Indian, Chinese, Tanzanian and Fast Food, so you won‘t miss anything! Supermarkets and small shops stock everything from soap to cheese and brown bread.

In your free time you can visit the local craft market (also known as „Maasai Market“), hang out at a swimming pool, walk around town and visit other local markets to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetable. And if you already discovered Arusha to its fullest you can take a bus to Moshi and continue there. Moshi and Arusha are surrounded by a lot of nature, so you can do trips to waterfalls, hiking as well as cultural tours visiting different tribes and gaining an inside look of their former culture and today’s everyday life.