Iringa is a city in the middle of Tanzania in East Africa, just south of the capital, Dodoma. It is located at 7 ° 46 ' south latitude and 23 ° 41' east longitude. In addition, this is the name of the prefecture Iringa and the two county districts like Iringa Iringa town and country. Iringa is located 2 km south of the main road on a slope. Along the road is the bus Iringa.
The city's name is derived from the word lilinga from the language of the Hehe, which means as much as fort or fortress in German. In the 1890s, the headquarters and the Fortress of Chief Mkwawa, who fought as a native against the German colonial power stood near this city in Kalenga village.
In Iringa there is a very interesting old German market hall from the colonial period; the court is also an old German building. Also worth seeing is the Gangilonga ( Kihehe: Speaking stone), from which one has a magnificent view over the city.
In the city there are several safari companies that organize tours to nearby Ruaha National Park, which is known for its large elephant population. Striking are the many German volunteers who come every year to Iringa order to perform social services. These young Germans are sent, for example, of the diocese of Münster, e from the Amani Children's Village V. from Berlin Mission and the Caritas Association for the Diocese of Hildesheim.
The entire region of Iringa had 2002 1.495.333 inhabitants, of whom only 112,900 lived in the city itself.
20 kilometers away from Iringa, on the road to Makambako, the Isimila Stone Age site. Here you can see many exhibits from the Acheulean. A small museum shows a part of the 260,000 years old finds.
In 2005, the Ruaha University College of Law and Technological Sciences ( RUCO ) was founded, which belongs to the University Group of St. Augustine University of Tanzania ( SAUT ). In addition, is the seat of the Iringa Iringa University College, belonging to the Tumaini University.