The charms of Iringa

by Harry Mitsidis - 2 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps rather surprisingly, Iringa is a charming and surprising place. Most travellers probably pass by to go to the Ruahu National Park about 100 kms away, but the town itself, established by Germans, is worthy on its own right. The German influence is visible in a few structures, there is a decent small museum tracing the history of the place including battles with the locals that were not easy for the colonialists to win, there are natural wonders just out of town, a huge Catholic mission, hieroglyphs on a hill - and there is also a community of expats living here, including a Greek Orthodox church. So, for certain I would say there is more than enough to keep one occupied here, and the place is itself decent enough, with a vibrant market and a pleasant central park. Flights to the small airport are on Cessna Caravans of Auric Air, which is the only operator to this outpost - the flight takes about 90 minutes from Dar Es Salaam.

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