Arusha can lay claim to being the Heart of Africa as it is the midpoint between the Cape in the South and Cairo in the North. More importantly‚ it is the gateway to the famous northern Parks of Tanzania - Ngorongoro‚ Serengeti‚ Lake Manyara and Tarangire. It is also the headquarters of the East African Community (EAC)‚ linking Kenya‚ Uganda‚ Rwanda‚ Burundi and Tanzania. The town lies at the foot of Mount Meru‚ known in Maasai as the "Black Mountain"; Mount Kilimanjaro is the "White Mountain". Today it is an important centre for Tanzania's tourism and agriculture‚ a busy and bustling town with good restaurants and several international-standard hotels and lodges.