Arusha region is located in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania. It lies below the equator between latitudes 2 o and 6 o . Longitudinally the region is situated between 35o and 38o east of Greenwich. The region has a common border with Kenya in the north, to the east it borders with Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions. To the south it shares a border with Dodoma region and to the west with Singida, Shinyanga and Mara regions.
The city has a total of is 82,428.5 sq.km., out of this a total area of 3,571 sq.km. or 4.3 percent is covered by water bodies of Lakes Eyasi, Manyara, Babati and Natron. The remaining 78,857.5 sq.km. is land area. Arusha region is the largest region in the country (Tanzania Mainland) occupying 9.2 percent of Tanzania mainland total area of 942,784 sq. km.
Main Ethnic Groups in Arusha
The Arusha people are an ethnic and indigenous group based in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. The Maasai regard the Arusha people as one of their sub-sets and part of the Maasai society. The Arusha people are not to be confused by Arusha residents who are Tanzanian people of different ethnic backgrounds that are born and reside within the borders of the Arusha Region.
Arusha Bordering Towns & Cities
Arusha borders with republic of Kenya in the North, Kilimanjaro region to the East and Manyara region to the South. The western boundary is shared with Singida, Shinyanga and Mara regions.