The city of Iringa is situated in Tanzania and is a popular tourist destination for many adventure seekers. The name Iringa is derived from the Hehe word ‘lilinga’ which means fort; which suites this city as its history goes back to when the German Army used this city as a defensive base against the Hehe uprising led by Chief Mkwawa during the 1890’s.
It’s a somewhat remote area situated on an altitude of more than 1, 550 meters above sea level and the area stretches along the Ruaha River and features beautiful ridges and valleys to the north. The area becomes so cold during the months of June, July and August that the temperatures drop near freezing.
The best way to get to Iringa is by bus and there are numerous bus companies you can use, but be cautious and choose one of the best, Sumry, Scandinavia and Hood, as many others are dangerous. The trip to Iringa is an absolutely gorgeous one where you can experience the pure beauty of the Tanzanian lands.
There is plenty to see in Iringa; the Isimila Stone Age Site, which is about 15 kilometres from Mafinga, is easily accessible by a taxi and is one of the most interesting Stone Age sites in East Africa to visit. Chief Mkwawa’s skull can be viewed at Kalenga; his skull was only returned by the Germans after many decades.
If you’re in the mood for some arts and crafts then Neema Crafts Centre is the best place to be as you’ll see a variety of arts and crafts. There is also a petite café which offers delicious homemade cake and fresh ground coffee. Alternatively take a tour through the workshops and see how they make paper from elephant dung.
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