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Arusha, a backpacker's gateway to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Kilimanjaro
The Sunday market in Arusha is a hive of activity and a montage of bright colors. Arusha holds its own as an international backpacker town, as it is well situated as a launching point for the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Kilimanjaro. The reputation of the locals that hang around the market as being relentless souvenir hawkers is true, but I realized that if I gave them the equivalent of 4 USD, they would probably talk to me as a normal person and even tell me about themselves. Once I got to this point, they became among my favorite people I met on my East Africa tour.