Moshi is home to three main cultural groups: the Chagga, the Maasai and Pare. However, most Maasai are employed as watchmen or are selling traditional medicines, and their homeland is further north. The Pare are from the Pare Mountains from about 50 km on the way to Dar.
To get into Tanzania you will first need to obtain a visa. This can be done in your home country by finding an embassy or consulate, or when you arrive in the airport or at a border crossing.
Don't over-economise on bus travel, as the cost-cutter companies often have poor safety records, meaning impaired accident prone vehicles and drivers impaired in their ability to drive. This is a very serious warning!
Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (IATA: JRO) is approx 45 mins by taxi (1.5 hours by Bus) from Moshi and taxis and buses are available. The displayed set price for a taxi to anywhere in town is 50 USD, taxis from town to airport can be arranged for approximately 40,000 - 60,000 TSH, though this all depends on your bargaining skills! Precision Air operates reliable shuttle buses to Moshi and Arusha for 10,000 TSH that may be used by passengers of other airlines as well. They leave the airport whenever they are full and depart from Moshi roughly 3 hours before any Precision Air flight in front of the office in town. Flights come from various non-domestic destinations, and this is how most tourists arrive. There are direct flights from Amsterdam daily as of July 2012 direct from Doha (Qatar).
Flying to Dar es Salaam (DAR) is also an option. A little bit farther from Moshi than Kili Airport, but it will almost certainly be cheaper. You'll need to catch a bus from Dar to Moshi--probably about 7 hours.
Flying into Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) is significantly less expensive than Kilimanjaro, however you will need a Kenyan transit visa (available on arrival) and it is a 8 hour bus ride to Moshi (about US$20 for a single trip).
Buses arrive in Moshi from all of the main cities in Tanzania, and this is the cheapest way to travel. Dar Express and Kilimanjaro bus lines run between Dar es Salaam and Moshi and beyond at a cost of 28,000 TSH one way and takes around 10 hours. Hood and Abood go to Morogoro for TSh13,000/=. Buses also go to Arusha, Mwanza, Tanga, Mbeya, Dodoma and Nairobi. All prices are worth bartering for - be aware that the locals will get massively lower prices! The bus station is extremely chaotic, as drivers vye for your fare, and passengers congregate.
There are also shuttle buses from Nairobi that pass through Arusha to Moshi and are usually $35. These are the more comfortable, safe and preferred way to travel to Moshi if coming from that end. Shuttle buses can be booked in advance online at BusAfrica.netPrices as of August 2008.
No need to do anything other than walk within the city, though it is strongly advised not to be walking around at night for your own safety.
There are plenty of taxis. As always, negotiate a price before getting in (most fares shouldn't cost more than a couple of dollars). It's a good idea to get the mobile phone number of one for emergencies. Always agree a price before you get in the car.
Local transport around Kilimanjaro can be easy if you take local buses called "Daladalas". They are 16 seater minibuses which usually transport about 30 people and/or children and livestock at any given time. Daladalas can be used to go within Moshi or to the surrounding villages, for instance Machame and Marangu, and are very cheap (less than a dollar). Listen to the conductor shouting the destination as they drive past, and feel free to shout your destination to him. They sometimes have stickers in the front window with destination. Local transport should cost between 500/= and 3000 /=. It's not recommended to travel by daladala or by taxi up muddy tracks if it's been raining very hard. It's essential to check that the vehicle is in a reasonable state of repair and that the driver is not impaired.
Motorcyle taxis (boda bodas) are numerous but can be dangerous. Helmets are not available on all bodas for the passenger. Many drivers are quite reckless. There are those posing as drivers who take passengers to remote areas to rob/rape; there have been reported incidents.
To hire your own land cruiser and driver is around 100,000 TSH a day.
The market can be fun to visit, even if you're not interested in buying anything.
There are many religious institutions, most notably the mosque near the center of town.
Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery located opposite the magistrates court.
Visit the former German administration office located between Kilimanjaro Co-operative Bank and BP petrol station on Mawenzi Road/Nyerere Road. You can still see the old military camp metal hanging pillar used for Germans and natives who broke German military law.
There are several smaller communities outside of the main town of Moshi that are worth taking a look around.
Following Kibo Road north out of Moshi you will come to the YMCA and will be in Shantytown, which is an area of relative wealth. Several restaurants are located out here as well as a few hostels and hotels.
Following Station Road out of Moshi to the east you will be in Majengo, a significantly worse off area than main Moshi.
Following Boma Road out of town to the west you will be in Soweto, which has many more expensive homes and is also home base for a large European volunteer organization. There is the FalconCrest Hotel and Pub, as well as the Scorpion Pub for a night out. There is a good market near the Scorpion Pub.
Give a Heart To Africa, Moshi (Ushirika), . NGO, language, business, education and vocational school for adult women. They provide assistance with creating a business. Only 5% of female children complete a secondary school education in Tanzania. Also visit their Women's Co-operative on Liwali St., just a block down from Umoja Hostel. For more info, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honey Badger Lodge and Safaris, Msaranga (6kms out of town on the way to Dar Es Salaam, turn right at Msaranga petrol station), ☎ +255787551190, . 24 hours. A hotel, campsite, lodge and safari company. A family run place with an excellent swimming pool, bar area and childrens play area. They can organise all your local tours and safari anything ranging from a night of local drumming and food to climbing the mountain or seeing the national parks.edit
SAIDIA Tanzania, Honey Badger Lodge (6kms out of town on the road to Dar Es Salaam), ☎ +255787730235, . Tailor made volunteer programmes. Any length of time, any skills, many interests accommodated. No programme fee, volunteers just pay accommodation and food. Self catering is an option as well. Rooms just $10 (self catered) or $18 (fully catered) per night.$10-$18. edit
Stella Maris Primary School, Mailisita, . Interesting place to volunteer. They've combined an English-medium primary school for orphaned and disadvantaged with a relatively high-end hotel. Unusual in that it caters to elders and the educated volunteers like retirees or teachers who want a place to give back, but are no longer interested in youth hostel-style living. No volunteer fees, but they are selective of who they invite. edit
Amani Children's Home, Shiramatunda Road/Bonite Road (Heading toward Arusha, pass Magereza and take the first left for 1km), ☎ +255 752 220 637, . For over 10 years, Amani Children’s Home has been dedicated to the protection of Tanzania’s most vulnerable population: street children. Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, was founded by Tanzanians, and over the course of the past decade has rescued hundreds of children from the perils of life on the streets, where they face numerous dangers including malnutrition and abuse. Amani provides healthy food, education, counseling and medical care for every street child who turns to Amani for help. When possible, children are reunified with (extended) families. Call +255 752 220 637 to schedule a tour and visit.edit
Born To Learn, Newlands (Outside Moshi). Born To Learn is an very well structured school project that started with a propose to educating the children in the village of Newlands that was just running around in the streets and doing nothing during the days. Most of the volunteers live at Karibo hostel that cots 15 dollars per night. edit
Childrens Aid Tanzania, P O Box 1811, ☎ +255788025306, . CHILDREN'S AID TANZANIA believes that the key to supporting disadvantaged children in Tanzania is to provide the children with a home and aid through ORPHANAGE SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT. But the responsibility is far greater than for one person or organization to accomplish! Children’s Aid Tanzania works with partner organizations, sponsors, and donors to work together to empower DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN who are economically deprived THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. edit
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the obvious reason for being in Moshi. Safari is also essential, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park and Arusha National Park are within a fairly easy distance. Tours can be arranged through several companies, and it is advisable to use common sense when finding a company. Your best bet is to ask other tourists who they used. Or, ask your accommodation for a referral to a safari company. Do not deal with a random person on the street; look for a real office! You can also book ahead of time but you will be spending a lot more. Otherwise, you can almost certainly bargain prices down, within reason.
Remember that when you pay for safari most goes to cover park fees, lodging, food and gas. The guide gets little money, especially when working for a large organization; most of their income is from tips. Also, if you are traveling with a cook it is a good rule of thumb to tip them as well or to incorporate their wages into the overall tip. Understand that your guide has you and yours in his/her care, and is performing a comprehensive duty over an extended period of time, involving a great deal of effort in making your tour worthwhile. Please do not try to haggle for the cheapest price causing bad feelings and reduced services - that is inevitable if you do. Pay that person well, and treat that person with regard, not rudely or as an inferior. Ask around to see what the going rate is, add some, find out who provides the most memorable tours.
Consider some of the following tour companies:
TATU Adventures (Safaris, Trekking, Day trips and Cultural Experiences), P.O. Box 8707, Moshi, ☎ +27 21 276 0501 (email@example.com), . Small, locally based tour operator that provides tailor-made travel services for conscious travelers in Tanzania. TATU Adventures was founded to help sustain the non-profit organization TATU Project and all profits are re-invested in field projects. (http://www.tatuproject.org) edit
Oreta Adventures (http://www.oreta-adventures.com) locally owned tour and safari operator that specialist with Mountain Climbing, Wildlife Safaris and more. Where are they located? In Christian Green Hostels (Moshi), Moshi town to KCMC Hospital Road,Nkomo Avenue Street Phone: +255752 0308 32 Website address: http://www.oreta-adventures.com E-mail address: >
Shrike Safaris, tel: +255 756 243686,  Shrike Safaris provides exellent Kilimanjaro trekking/safaris from highly priced to inexpensive one according to your wishes and expectations.
Expedition Kilimanjaro, ☎ 1-888-704-4226 (toll free for USA/Canada) (firstname.lastname@example.org), . This well-known and very reliable company organizes - next to climbs up Mt Kilimanjaro- a good number of safaris to national parks, including the Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti. Supporter of the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation and member of the Porters Association.US$ 1,800 per person (fixed price for 7-day Machame climb up the Kili + 4 nights accommodation). edit
Karibu Adventure, ☎ +255(0) 755 346 875 (email@example.com), . Kilimanjaro trekking and African safaris. Also offers cultural expeditions and beach holidays. edit
Pristine Trails (http://www.pristinetrails.com/index.htm) is a young upstart company with very good guides. You can contact them about Kili climbs, safaris, Zanzibar beach stays, and various other day trips from Moshi (hot springs, coffee tours, waterfall trips).
Bless Africa Tours and Safaris is a small and reliable tour operator offering customized treks to Kilimanjaro as well as safaris to the various national parks, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangiri. Bless Africa Tours caters to large and small groups alike, believes in treating its porters and guides fairly and offers excellent customer service. http://www.blessafricatours.co.uk
Mbugani Safaris, ☎ +255 (0) 2727 54652. Mob: +255 (0) 7543 91121 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +255 (0) 2772 752041), . A professional tour company with seven years of experience in safaris, mountain trekking and beach holidays. edit
Bushmen Expeditions, Bushmen Expeditions and Safaris offers a wide range of African safaris and tours throughout Tanzania. 
Zara Tanzania Adventures Organizes Kilimanjaro climbs, safaris in all national parks, trekking, and cultural tours.
Porters Association located near the Kindoroko Hotel on the double road at Chagga St.
Kyoga Tours & Safaris Ltd, tel: +255 752 837292, email@example.com Kyoga Tours & Safaris Ltd is a highly experienced mountain tour company based in Moshi. Also organizes safaris and Zanzibar travel.
Hotsun Safaris Ltd, tel: +255 2727 54037, firstname.lastname@example.org Tour and safari company specializing in Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs. Hotsun Safaris also offers climbs, safaris and beach holidays to all destinations in Tanzania and Kenya.
Kibo Safari Adventures, tel: +255 754290423, email@example.com Based in Marangu, Kilimanjaro, Kibo Safari Adventures is your one stop shop for exploring the heights, the bush and the beaches of Tanzania. Mix with the local populations, eat the local fare, enjoy some of the local brew...whatever your heart's desire, Kibo Safari Adventures can bring it to you.
Shayo Trekking and Safaris, tel: +255 755 439088 , firstname.lastname@example.org Well established, locally owned tour company offering Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru climbs, Northern Tanzania safaris, daytrips from Moshi, cultural tours and Zanzibar beach holidays. Their office is on first floor of NSSF Building on Old Moshi Rd.
Kili Climbers and Safaris Ltd., tel: +255 754 290477 , email@example.com Office near Hindu temple, East Africa Pub. Experience since more than 10 years, best prices & services.
African Scenic Safaris, tel: +255 783 080 239 , firstname.lastname@example.org This tour company based in Moshi is co-owned by a Tanzanian-Australian couple. They offer Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru climbs as well as safari packages for different destinations and budgets. Member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. African Scenic Safaris also runs a local NGO called path to Africa (www.pathtoafrica.org) and a percentage of all profits go to the charity.
Lil Africa Safaris, This African safari company offers Mount Kilimanjaro climbing adventure. Lil Africa Safari is your one stop shop for all that you need to explore the Kilimanjaro heights, the Tanzania bush and the Tanzania's pristine white sandy beaches.
Cultural trips to Maasai villages are very worthwhile and informative, but be aware most of the villages are not authentic.
Hiring a Local Guide is a fantastic and inexpensive way to see the Moshi that you wouldn't see otherwise. Guides can be hired at virtually any hotel.
Day trips to Marangu Waterfalls are often fun, you can stand underneath the waterfall, even jump off one and go swimming. Day trips to Lake Nyumba ya Mungu can also be interesting, lots of local fishing culture, aloe vera plantations and sugar cane plantations. There is also a snake park and camel riding centre in nearby town Arusha. These can be arranged individually by taking a bus or organizing with a safari company. Also make sure that all employees at the safari-company you decide to go with get a good salary, it is better to pay more and be assured quick service with a possible car break down or other unforeseen situations.
Walking tours across the rice paddies make for a nice day and you can also visit the local forest to see some monkeys! These are usually arranged through a safari company but are significantly less expensive as you are only paying for a single guide.
The bus station is available for those taking a bus, has brochures for sightseers, and is chaotic. It is highly recommended to take a daladala just to be able to say you have, and no doubt you will have an adventure.
If wanting to just have a relaxing day in Moshi it is recommended to head to the Impala Hotel where you can relax by the lovely pool (in Western swimming wear) and also enjoy a meal poolside. The cost is 3,000 TSH. Meals cost around 5,000TSH.
Another good place to go swimming is the YMCA located a bit north of town, and has a large, deep pool.
The Social Reality Tour [+255 713 408970,+255 779 290997, email@example.com, http://www.social-reality-tour.com] begins at the Aroma Coffee House, where you will meet social worker Mama Kishe for a daladala ride to Moshi town outskirts where you will meet a family affected by HIV/AIDS. Mama Kishe will take you to a store to buy food and supplies with your fee for the walk (USD $10). The family has agreed to participate in order to enhance public awareness, and will sit with you and the social worker to talk about their lives and struggles. You will then return to the coffee house and have the opportunity to purchase items made via small business entrepreneurs involved. The tour is an important social awareness structured experience for the NGO KIWAKKUKI, assisting them in awareness of their home-based care program.
Moshi is also home to several volunteer organizations though they tend to be very overpriced and badly managed. However, there are many opportunities to volunteer in orphanages, schools and women's centers without being connected to these organizations.
Global Volunteer Programs Kilimanjaro(GVP)http://www.gvp-tanzania.org/Tel: +255 (0) 2727 54652
Mobile: +255 (0) 7543 91121, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Global Volunteer Programs Kilimanjaro is a grassroots organization based in the town of Moshi in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. It is committed to improving the lives of Tanzanians through a comprehensive program of volunteering projects tackling social, economic and environmental problems with an emphasis on education, healthcare, rural development and capacity building.
As life long residents of the community, the founders of the organization are well aware of the needs of the local population and, through GVP’s programs, focus on those needs with a dedication to excellence.
With your help GVP can assist the people East Africa to flourish.
Light in Africa is a locally managed orphanage (separate for babies, girls and boys), school and dispensary. They have a very informative website, but be warned, you must be dedicated if you are to help out here!
Moyo Mmoja is a women's center open only to fellow women to volunteer.
Give a Heart To Africa [www.giveahearttoafrica.org] is a small NGO in Moshi operating a vocational school for adult women. They offer the women free education in English, business and vocation and help some of them start their own business. This NGO is run solely by volunteers (no paid Western staff) thus 100% of the volunteer fee goes back to the community; every volunteer counts and is a very hands on experience. Volunteers are welcome any time of year; no prior experience is necessary.
Hostel Foot Prince is run by the organisation Foot2afrika. They only charge for food, and accommodation while project volunteering is free.
TEATEM is an NGO (non governmental organization) . They have volunteer placements dealing with education and marketing local companies available. Also fundraising help is needed for a planned computer training center and for a vocational training center. Visit their website for more details.
World Unite!; [email@example.com] have been active in Moshi since 2005, placing volunteers and interns into a variety of NGOs, hospitals and government institutions. They offer support services such as arrangement of accommodation in shared houses or host families, residence permits, preparation & ground support at very affordable rates. World Unite runs their own development projects where volunteers can participate, in cooperation with local and foreign NGOs, development organizations and private partners. The result of such a project in Moshi is the KIWAKKUKI Social Reality Tour (http://www.social-reality-tour.com), a non-profit tour for visitors to Moshi, supporting families affected by HIV through revenue generated by tourism. Short-term volunteering is possible, but generally World Unite! has a focus on volunteer placements with a duration of 2-12 months, and on individuals rather than groups. Being one of the bigger and better-run volunteering organizations in Tanzania, they also offer volunteering options in Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Ngorongoro and Lake Victoria, besides cultural travel options.
There are several banks and ATMs located along Boma Road leading from the clock tower and the major bank, NBC , is located directly opposite the clock tower, however NBC usually has long lines and frequent power outages. They all accept international debit cards accredited with the plus logo, and accept VISA credit cards. Make sure your card issuer is aware you are travelling in Tanzania as your card may be blocked for security measures. Reliable ATMs are by Aleems on Boma Road and Standard Chartered next to Bristol Cottages. They deal in local currency, the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH). For approximate exchange rate see the Tanzania main listing. To convert currencies there are several foreign exchange offices near the banks.
As of August 2009, don't expect to be able to take US dollar traveller's cheques and easily change them to US cash in Moshi. All the banks in town (Stanbic, NBC, Exim, etc.), as well as most Forex offices, flat out refuse to do it. If you're willing to pay the fee, the only place that does it is Executive Change Bureau, on Boma Rd., but they charge 10% (that's right, TEN percent) commission. If you're going to Moshi, better bring US cash, or verify that the places you are planning to deal with will accept US traveller's cheques (and what the fee is, if any) if you plan to carry them.
For souvenirs, downtown Moshi is probably cheaper than the big 'out-of-town' places for tourists, which hideously overprice things. Even better, with a 15 minute walk from town on the Dar Road, you will find a community of artists who create the wood carvings and paintings that sell in town. They will sell direct to you at a far better price than can be found in shops. There are lots of fabric shops up and down the main street, as well as tourist shops selling carvings and paintings. If you do get hassled by street sellers, do not be afraid!! Their only interest is to take you to a shop where you might buy something and they receive commission for taking you there (they are not the artists themselves!). Generally speaking there isn't a lot buy, but a lot to look at. If you've just been up Kili, the 'Just done it' t-shirts are probably worth a look! Or if you've spent a lot of time drinking, you might want to pick up a Safari or Kilimanjaro Lager tshirt! Tanzanite (the blue/purple variety of the mineral zoisite, a gemstone) is sold in several shops.
Cats Souvenir Shop, Nyerere Road (South towards Mbuyuni Market). 9AM- 6PM Mon to Sat. Offers souvenirs, including a selection of T-shirts. They print their own.edit
The market is fantastic, and should be thoroughly explored. It consists of many narrow alleyways selling fruit, vegetables, meat, dried fish, general household stuffs, tapes, clothes, and of course the cheapest souvenirs (A drum costing TS30,000 in the main streets would cost TS5,000 here).
Go see Mama Lymo who makes fantastic clothes for men and women. Choose your material and style.
There are several bookstores but most deal primarily with school and religious texts. There are many stationary shops with everything you could need.
Make sure to pick up some cassettes or CD's of local music, though you'll probably appreciate them more once you're back home.
Most restaurants offer a variety of food and range in price from 2000 TSH upwards to 8000 TSH for a meal.
Restaurants in Moshi:
IndoItaliano, in town opposite the Buffalo Hotel. Good pizza, nice balcony location for lunch or dinner. As the name suggests, in addition to the popular pizza and Italian food, there are also good Indian dishes. Beer and wine are served.
The Salzburger Cafe, Kenyatta Street. Somewhat like a steakhouse, decent food but limited menu. Restaurant has Volkswagen decor and waitresses wear leopard print outfits, quite interesting.
Deli Chez, Hill Street. Usually a lunch time destination but is open for dinner, a bit expensive, located on Hill Street. The menu is quite varied with Indian, Chinese in addition to pizza, burgers and American dishes. A good numer of vegetarian choices. Ice cream and milkshakes. No alchohol available. Closed on Tuesdays.
Coffee Shop, Hill Street (in the center of town near Deli Chez). The favoured lunch time location for tourists, good soup, spaghetti, milkshakes, very fair prices, and near internet cafes; the coffee shop will also bake cakes on order (for birthdays and such). Closed on Sundays.
Kilimanjaro Coffee Lounge,(formerly Tanzanian Coffee Lounge) Chagga Street. The alternative lunch option, very good bagels and fruit & veggie plates, excellent smoothies.
Formely Union Cafe, (near NMB bank). Run by KCNU - coffee growers coopeerative, roasts coffee beans on premises. Espresso drinks, sandwiches, milk shakes, pizza, burgers, salads and breakfasts. Open 7 days/week. Good but very poor service and be careful with the food as you can sometimes find insects in them.
There are also many other nameless restaurants that serve as decent lunchspots, you should look for a busy restaurant, that's always a good sign. If wanting to try the local food ask for ugali (translates as stiff porridge, a bit bland but harmless) or "wali na maharage" (beans and rice).
Pub Alberto offers BBQ at night inside the pub near the dance floor but it is a bit sketchy.
Heading along the road of the banks and Immigration office there is Abba Ali's Hot Bread Shop that sells excellent bread, honey, doughnuts and other deserts, especially nice cakes. Opposite the bakery is Aleem's Grocer, a decent grocery store.
A great place to buy groceries is at the local market, which can be found easily from the double roads or the alleyway by the Tanzanian Coffee Shop on Chagga St.
Restaurants outside Moshi:
Panda Chinese, off Lema Road in Shantytown. Run by the only Chinese family in Moshi, decent food, ideal for large groups, a favourite of tourists for dinner.
El Rancho, off Lema Road in Shantytown. Indian food, good dinner location.
Italian Passion, near town. Good wine, decent food, dinner.
Impala Hotel Ideal for a Sunday afternoon of sitting by the pool and taking lunch.
Honey Badger Lodge (J & Ds restaurant), Msaranga (6kms out of town towards Dar, turn right after Kiboroloni), ☎ +255787730235, . 9-9. A relaxed restaurant bar which offers a fusion of quality swahili food with International flare. Served the local way. Guests can dine with others or alone as they wish. You can call in ahead to book dinner from the set menu or request a special group bbq$1-$12. edit
Amans Shisha & Lounge (Amans), Sokoine Road / Longuo Kitandu (after Moshi Sec. school to your right then left (follow signs ask for Amans bus stop)), ☎ +255 (0)65 370 2188, . 12 hours. A chilled out renewed retro chic restaurant & bar lounge. Enjoy buddha bar music,jazz or swing to sweet upbeat tunes over shisha, mouthwatering dishes and great company while enjoying the best cocktails in town!$2-10$. (bus,taxi or walk,10min)edit
Fifi's Restaurant, Rindi lane, ☎ +255 774543771, . 7.30 to 22.00. International fare with prices for entrées around Tsh 10,000/=. Espresso drinks, good cookies, brownies and muffins also available. Free WiFi. Open 7 days a week.edit
Kilijava Coffee & Chai, P.o.box 1000, Moshi , Kilimanjaro. (Nakumatt building , shop no: 4 Behind Kahawa house), ☎ +255784272280. 12hrs. The best espresso bar with hot and Iced coffees, fresh juice , smoothies , ice cream ,sandwich ,burgers, wraps,salad and much more. High speed WiFi also available. $3 -$10. edit
As Moshi is situated on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro it is largely populated by members of the Chagga tribe. Chaggas are known for their keen business sense, their warm hospitality and their love of a good drink, so getting a beer in Moshi is rarely much of a problem! In the daytime and early evening you can head to The Police Mess, The East Africa Bar, The KNCU Restaurant (up on the top floor of the KNCU building) or The Siesta inn (a 15 minute walk from the main street). All these places serve food so you can keep your stomach lined as you sip a few of the fine local beers (don't bother with European imports - they're no better than the local stuff, but considerably more expensive).
Some of the local beers are Kilimanjaro, Safari and Tusker. The most common local liquor is Konyagi.
Glacier is a nice outdoors pub usually with local music nights. Mostly meant for group nights out to sit around the fire and a favourite spot for tourists. Located off Lema Road in Shantytown.
If you feel the need to keep the party going into the small hours then you'll need to make your way to Pub Alberto opposite the KNCU building on Kibo Road. Open until around 3:30AM, Pub Alberto enjoys a reputation as something of a seedy dive. Indeed, the dance floor is usually a writhing mass of tourists, local people having a good night out, and ladies of negotiable virtue touting for business! If you do go to Pub Alberto then leave your valuables at home and only take the money you'll need for a good night's drinking. It's not as bad as some people make out and as long as you're sensible you'll have a fantastic night!
La Liga. Best and biggest night club in Moshi. It costs 5000 to get in, beers and ciders are 2500tsh. Music is mostly European, but they play also local bongo. Very popular place. Sundays are ladies' night, which means ladies don't have to pay an entrance fee.edit
Honey Badger Lodge (Leila's Bar), Msaranga (6kms out of town on the road to Dar Es Salaam, turn right at Msaranga petrol station), ☎ +255787730235, . till late. A new spacious outdoor bar. You can relax and swim in the day and sit by the bar by night.edit
Amans Shisha & Lounge (Amans), Sokoine Road (Longuo Kitandu), ☎ -255 (0) 65 370 2188, . 12:00-00:00. Absolutely the best cocktails/beer & food prices in town hands down! Also the best host for theme parties and most fun weekly review keeping things fresh by adding movies nights, game nights, live music and DJ visits!!! Shisha (sheesha is also available every day of the week!!!)1-12$. (bus stop named after Amans,10min)edit
Kili-Java (Kili-Java coffee&chai), Nakumatt Building, Shop 4, Station Rd. (2 mins walk from clock tower, behind kahawa house), ☎ 255 (0)27 275 3646. 08:30 - 20:30. The best espresso bar with hot and iced coffees, chai lattes, shakes, real fruit smoothies, ice cream and light meals from salads, sandwiches, burgers steaks. Wraps and more! With high speed wifi.$2-$10. edit
Be sure to avoid touts. If you are travelling as a couple, a good idea is for one person to sit in a lobby or restaurant with the bags, while the other locates a room. You are likely to get a cheaper price without them, and not be targeted by touts that will raise the price $5-$10 for you for their commission. Often they follow you and stay outside signaling reception.
Mount Kilimanjaro View Lodge, ☎ +255 784 392 862, . Very unique lodging located 9600 ft up Mount Kilimanjaro nestled against the rain forest, near the local Chagga tribe town Uru Shimbwe. Ideal altitude for trekkers to acclimatize a minimum of two days before beginning their planned ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru. Mini hikes in the rain forest to spectacular waterfalls. Unbelievable view, extremely welcoming staff who will throw a celebration for you when you arrive and immerse you in their "cultural" celebrations later in the night. Owner is very knowledgeable with expeditions (naturally) to Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, etc., and is willing to organize those trips for you.$30-40/night. edit
Kindoroko Hotel, ☎ +255 27 2754054/2750082, . Tiny single rooms. Just ask for another room if you can't move. Great double rooms. Awesome roof top restaurant and bar - amazing view of Mt Kilimanjaro! In house tour company offers affordable safari trips to. Works extensively with Expedition Kilimanjaro (see Climbs).$25-45/night, as of January 29, 2011. edit
Bristol Cottages Kilimanjaro, ☎ (+255) 27 2755083, . Also available in combination with Expedition Kilimanjaro (see Climbs).$40-150 /night. edit
Buffalo Hotel, ☎ +255 27 2751754, . Cheap but decent. The price currently 15,000/= 20,000/=, 25,000/= and 30,000/= depending on a room type. The hotel is safe and clean with decent food.$10-15 /night. edit
Camel Hotel. Next door to Kindoroko, rooms with a/c, clean bathroom, double bed.TSH23,000. edit
Haria Hotel, ☎ +255 762 358 795. A popular hotel with volunteers.edit
Hostel Hoff, ☎ +255 787 225 908, . Only Western style hostel in Moshi, run by an Irish woman. Very clean rooms, price includes dinner. Also provides links to local places if interested in volunteering without paying steep costs. Partnered with safari company Path to Africa. The hostel is named after David Hasselhoff.$15 /night. edit
The Keys Hotel, ☎ +255 (27) 275 2250, . Rates are negotiable, staff are friendly, and they do great packages for climbing Kilimanjaro and safaris. Don't expect good service or wake-up calls, the receptionists might be sleeping themselves.edit
Kilimanjaro Backpackers, Double Rd near Chagga Street, ☎ +255 27 2755159, . Clean, simple, and cheap rooms. Avoid eating there. See discussion page for additional comments.Single room is 8 USD or 14,000 shillings, double room costs 15 USD or 24,000 shillings per night; prices correct as of 23 December 2011. Prices include breakfast.. edit
Mt. Inn, P.O. Box 1821 Moshi (Kiborloni), ☎ + 255 27 2755622 , 2752998. Mt. Inn is 6 km from Moshi town on road to Marangu, Kilimanjaro National Park. It's a base hotel for climbers plus has a variety of food (Indian and continental) and a swimming pool.edit
Parkview Inn, P.O.Box 373 (Aga khan road), ☎ +255 27 27 50 711, . Rooms are well furnished and exceptionally clean. Restaurant and poolside service is available.$65-120/night. edit
Protea Hotel Aishi, (outside of Moshi in Machame). $120-145 /night. edit
Sal Salinero Villa Kilimanjaro. Has most facilities, good for relaxation in beautiful gardens with pool.$65-$120/night. edit
Shira Place Bed & Breakfast, Rose Garden Road, ☎ +255 786 911 030, . Shira Place, Moshi's original Bed & Breakfast. This very large Mediterranean-style house features 7 bedrooms, a large living room, dining room and kitchen, satellite TV, wireless internet, beautiful gardens and a stunning view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you want to reserve, ask for Michael. No longer exists.$25/night. edit
Springlands Hotel, Tembo Road, Pasua Area, Moshi, Tanzania, ☎ +255 - 27 27 53581, . Springlands Hotel near Moshi is a good base for mountain walking trips and safaris to Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, and other wilderness areas in Northern Tanzania. This modern hotel is on the Southern slopes of Kilimanjaro.edit
Tarn Hut Resort, (Moshi - Marangu gate road), ☎ +255754492496, . Just 4km from town center along the road to Dar es Salaam and Marangu gate. Small decent place to stay, friendly services.$20 - 40/night. edit
YMCA Hostel, ☎ +255 27 275 1754. $13-28 /night. On the edge of downtown towards Shantytown. Has a pool.edit
Zebra Hotel. clean rooms, friendly people and decent food and bar.edit
Old Moshi Hostel, Soweto, . Western style hostel in Moshi. Price includes breakfast and dinner and provides volunteering projects free of charge. Partnered with Foot2Afrika.12$-20$ depending on duration of stay. edit
Tembo Tamu Bed and Breakfast, Rau, Moshi (Off Uru Road, past Keys Hotel - 40min walk to town), ☎ +255 757 983 007, . A family run bed and breakfast in a village environment. Also able to organise safari and Kilimanjaro climbs.US$20 person. edit
Kibo Executive Lodge, . checkout: 11 am. A small, clean bed and breakfast. Lunches and dinners are also avaialble. Full bar service. Nice outdoor garden in a quiet residential setting. Outdoor seating avaialable for meals or relaxation. Comfortable common area with large LCD cable TV. All rooms ensuite with air conditioning, TV, phone, writing desk and mini fridge.$60 - $120. edit
Twiga Home, Soweto (Soweto Area near Old Moshi airport), ☎ 0762-035030, . checkout: 11 am. A new and modern hostel / budget hotel in the Soweto Area of Moshi with single and double/twin rooms with or without AC, all with private bathrooms and hot water. Free shuttle to Moshi town, free WiFi, restaurant, bar, garden terrace. Perfect for backpackers, mountain climbers, volunteers. 14 rooms, very friendly staff.$12 - $24. edit
Honey Badger Lodge, Msaranga (6kms out of Moshi town on the Road to DSM, turn right at Msaranga Petrol station), ☎ +255787730235, . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. A wide range of accommodation options, camping, dorm rooms, self catered rooms, ensuite rooms. Spacious lush gardens, large clean swimming pool, friendly staff.$5 - $60. edit
Honey Badger Lodge and Safaris, Msaranga (6kms out of town on the road to Dar, turn right at Msaranga petrol station), ☎ +255787730235, . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Offers a variety of accommodation to suit everyones needs, camping, dorm rooms, self catered, and ensuite rooms. A lush spacious garden and a large clean swimming pool, bar, restaurant and childrens play area.$5-$30. edit
Stella Maris Lodge, Arusha-Hilo Road (in Mailisita, on road to Arusha), ☎ +255 68 66 63244, . A non-profit hotel dedicated to funding the adjacent Stella Maris Primary School for orphaned and impoverished children. Beautiful new hotel 6 miles outside town on the way to the airport. Private balconies with Kilimanjaro views. TV, WiFi, A/C, etc. A nice place to stay or visit and it feels good to know your money goes to feed and teach the children. edit
Amans Hotel (Amans), Sokoine Road (Longuo Kitandu), ☎ +255 (0) 65370 2188, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 14:00. An international very cosy and private accommodation *pre bookings only* suited in a green,birds friendly environment... Also known for its Swedish background and home feeling style. If you love to stay in a quiet, bird singing 15-120$. (bus or taxi *the bus stop is named after Amans*,10min)edit
Moshi does not have a large Muslim population and it is also a popular tourist destination so most will not be offended by your clothing choices. However, women will gain much more respect by wearing clothes covering their legs at least to the knees, as local ladies rarely show their legs.
There is a post office near the Clock Tower on Market St. for mailing letters and packages, you can also rent a p.o.box. Stamp prices to Europe are 600 TSH, to Canada/US they are 800 TSH. There is also a DHL office opposite the Dar Express office on Station Rd.
There are several internet cafes in town, two are located Hill Street near the Coffee Shop, Fahari and Duma (beside The Coffee Shop). Duma acts as a safari tour operator as well as an internet cafe. Located near the Clock Tower is one called EasyCom. Rates for usage vary, but usually around 1500 TSH per hour. Another cafe, called Dot Cafe, is situated near the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO) on Rengua Street. The first internet cafe in Moshi, Twiga is on Old Moshi Road, up the road from KNCU Hotel. It offers fast internet connection. They also rent out novels, movies and have trekking/camping equipment for hire.
If your phone operates on GSM 900/1800 and uses a SIM card then you can buy a Tanzanian SIM card (Vodacom, Airtel, Tigo or Zantel) (cost is 1000 TSH). You can also buy a phone locally for around $50. You have to prepay for minutes by buying credit. Vodacom, Airtel, Tigo and Zantel offer relatively fast internet (buy mb bundles by sending sms), which can be used on your phone as well as laptop (using phone as a modem).
All internet cafes in Moshi use the same backhaul internet connection, so if the connection is down in one cafe, it's usually down in them all.
Some internet cafes offer Skype, although others allege that internet telephone services are illegal in Tanzania (presumably because the state owns the telephone system and does not want to lose the international phone charges income).
There are several hospitals and dispensaries, most notably KCMC. However to even see a doctor you have to pay around 50,000TSH. There are other clinics in Moshi but again there is usually a charge just for admittance. If you travel just outside Moshi to the village of Soweto there is St. Joseph's Hospital (10 minutes by taxi), run by nuns, and you only pay for tests and medication.
There are many different religious centers, a large mosque is present in town, there is a prominent Catholic Diocese , a few SDA Churches such as Majengo SDA Church , a Sikh Temple, plus many others. There are many churches which have both English and Swahili services.
There are dental services in town, just look around. There are also optometrists with very decent prices for glasses!
The Immigration office is located up Boma Rd from the Clock Tower, just a bit further than the banks. You can renew visas here.
There are several banks with 24 hour ATM machines. They are usually protected round the clock by an armed guard.
There are several Forex Bureaux De Change in Moshi that charge reasonable rates. Most hotels will also exchange travellers cheques, although at a less favourable rate. It's not impossible to pay for general goods and services in US dollars, although locals prefer shillings.
You can get to Zanzibar in one day, if you take the early bus (6.30AM) to Dar es Salaam, operated by Dar Express, and from there take the ferry at 4.00PM to Stone Town. The Dar Express office is located near the clock roundabout on Station Rd, opposite the Kahawa house.
There are several day trips possible. Mkomazi, Arusha, Tarangire and Manyara National Parks are possible as day trips. Banana/coffee plantation tours on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro along with a visit to one of the waterfalls that are nearby. Union Cafe (listed in the restaurant section), owned by Kilimanjaro Coffee Growers Cooperative organizes the most popular coffee plantation tour (Kahawa Shamba Tour). Lake Chala and hotsprings are also popular excursions.
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