Iringa comes from the Hehe word "Lilinga", which means fortress.
This is because during the German occupation, the army built the city as a fortified defense against Hehe warriors, who constantly attacked them.
The city was also the site of numerous battles during the first and second World War, in fact outside the city it is possible to visit a cemetery where the Commonwealth soldiers rest.
Iringa is a beautiful town and an important center for regional
agriculture; it is also an industrial center, with manufacturing
and food plants.
The streets are quiet; if you visit the market you can breathe and see the traditional African culture.
It is famous for its woven baskets, made with local reeds: the baskets are used throughout Tanzania and are also exported.
The city is also known for the Neema Craft Center.
Iringa overlooks the Ruaha River and it is important for tourists who want to visit the Ruaha National Park.
Several institutes of higher education can be found in Iringa, including the Tumaini University, the Iringa University College, the Mkwawa University College of Education and the Ruaha University College.
What to Do
You can visit Gangilonga Rock, a site just
outside the city: it is the legendary place where the chief of
the Hehe Mkwawa met his people and declared war on the Germans.
While in Kalenga you can see his remains.
The Neema Crafts Center allows tourists to get to know all the classic Tanzanian crafts.
The Isimila Stone Age Site is located 15 km from the city and is one of the most interesting sites dating back to the Stone Age in the East Africa.
Located in the southern plateaus of Tanzania, the city was built on a hill overlooking the Ruaha river at an altitude of 1,550 meters above sea level, in fact in the months of June, July and August can be detected temperatures close to zero.
It is possible to get to Iringa by car and by bus from Dar es Salaam, Dodoma
There are daily flights connecting Iringa to Dar es Salaam, the Nduli airport is located about 12 km from the city along the Dodoma road.
Where to Stay
There are several hotels and lodges to stay.