Uhuru Museum (Uru Road, Moshi) – Uhuru museum is an intercultural museum established to depict different cultures. The idea born by Mr. Macmilan Siraki, an abstract artist and painter, who, while working in his studio in 1986 dreamt, ” Now I am just a curio shop but when I grow up I will become a museum”. From that day he started collecting cultural objects with the vision of moving to the establishment of a museum.
Visiting this museum makes you not only interact with the Chagga culture that exists in the Moshi area, but also with other cultures from the rest of the world. Note: there’s a small restaurant at that location. Various artworks are showcased by the dining area.
Uhuru Monument (Uhuhu Roundabout, Arusha) – located near the Arusha Declaration Museum, this monument pays tribute to the “Arusha Declaration”, made by the country’s rulers in 1967 that espoused equality for all humanity, individual rights, a just return for one’s labor through socialism, and economic self-reliance. The monument was erected in 1977 by the country’s ruling party to commemorate (at the time) the Declaration’s tenth anniversary.
Tanzanite Museum (The Tanzanite Experience, Blue Plaza, 3rd Floor, India Street, Arusha) — visiting The Tanzanite Experience Museum gives visitors a chance to enjoy one of the main attractions in Arusha. It is an exciting journey that leads you right into the heart of this precious gemstone. Through a guided tour, visitors understand why Tanzanite is not only so rare and sought after, but also the complexities involved with its mining, the skills of cutting and polishing the gemstone, as well as enjoying the stories and myths surrounding the stone. Free admission. Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Monday – Saturday), 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sunday).
Old Railway Station (Moshi) — the old railway station in this town is no longer in use, which makes for a unique tourist attraction in Moshi. Not only can visitors get great views of Mt Kili on a clear day from here, it’s a great place to while away a few hours and people-watch as most of the locals still walk along the tracks as part of their daily commute.
Mount Meru – located 1 ½ hours (51 km) north of Arusha, Mount Meru is a great alternative for a more affordable trekking challenge. Standing at 4,566 meters it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and some climbers even consider it more a beautiful hike than Kilimanjaro. Located in Arusha Park, with the Momella Lakes close to its foot, Mt Meru boasts diverse flora and fauna, and you may even be lucky enough to see some zebras and buffalo on your way up.
Moshi (town) – located 2 ½ hours (107 km) east of Arusha, this town is the gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Trails weave up and down the mountain’s cloud-ringed, snow-capped dome, through alpine forests and meadows home to elephants and leopards. Moshi is also one of Tanzania’s major coffee-producing hubs.
Isimila Stone Age Site (Iringa) — back in the late 1950s, archaeologists discovered this historical find, one of the most significant Stone Age sites ever identified, scattered amid a dramatic landscape of eroded sandstone pillars. Tools found on the site included hammerstones, axeheads, flints and scrapers that are estimated to be between 60,000 and 100,000 years old. There is also a small museum on site.
The town of Isimila is signposted off the Mbeya road to the left, about 21 km southwest of Iringa. Admission: 20,000 TZS (foreigners), 2,000 TZS (locals). Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (daily).
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Haki Road, Plot No. 486 Block A, Lakilaki Area, Arumeru District, Arusha) – this was an international court set up by the United Nations in November 1994 (under UN Security Council Resolution 955) in order to try those accused of committing war crimes during the Rwandan genocide that took place in that neighboring country earlier that year.
Many high-ranking Rwandans (in particular from the majority Hutu ethnic group) were tried and convicted of various war crimes during such trials. Arusha made diplomatic history by simply hosting these proceedings. Even though the Tribunal officially shut down in 2015, there are other Rwandan war criminals who have not been brought to justice, which could trigger its reopening in the near future (if and when they are apprehended).
House of Gems (45A River Road/Mtoni Road, between Gold Crest Hotel, and Elite Attorneys, Arusha) – with over 30 years of experience working with the finest gemstones produced in East Africa, House of Gems is at the forefront of Tanzania’s legitimate gemstone industry. Visitors to this museum will learn much about the country’s gems sector – from the discovery of Tanzanite in the 1960s through the emergence of fantastic Tanzanian Tourmalines, Rubies, Sapphires and Garnets (to name a few). Visitors will be a greater perspective on the gemology and geology behind the vast array of gemstones produced in Tanzania. Free admission. Must contact House of Gems via phone (+255 788 857 000) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an appointment.
East African Community (EAC) (Haki Road, Lakilaki Area, Arumeru District, Arusha) – established in 2000 and located near the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the EAC is a regional intergovernmental organization of six partner states: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
As one of the fastest growing regional economic blocs in the world, the EAC is widening and deepening co-operation among the Partner States in various key spheres for their mutual benefit. These spheres include political, economic and social. At the moment, the regional integration process is in full swing as reflected by the encouraging progress of the East African Customs Union, the establishment of the Common Market in 2010 and the implementation of the East African Monetary Union Protocol. Among its objectives, the EAC hopes to create a “Euro style” single currency for its members by the early 2020s.