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Moshi is in Northeast Tanzania, the mountain region of Tanzania.

Understand[edit]

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.

Talk[edit]

Usually you will be able to find people who speak English, but people appreciate it if you are able to use a bit of the native language, Swahili.

Get in[edit]

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. If you plan to volunteer in Tanzania, you will need a business visa.

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!

By plane[edit]

  • 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 10 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 6-7 hour bus ride to Moshi (about US$30 for a single trip).

By bus[edit]

Buses arrive in Moshi from all of the main cities in Tanzania, and this is the cheapest way to travel. Dar Express and Kilimanjaro Express bus lines run between Dar es Salaam and Moshi and beyond at a cost of 33,000 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. 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.net Prices as of August 2008.

Get around[edit]

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 very few street lights, big potholes and occasional muggings.

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. Expect to pay 5000 per journey from Town to Rau, Majengo areas after dark and 7-8000 for journeys to Shantytown. In daylight hours expect to pay 3-4000 for a short journey.

Local transport around Kilimanjaro can be easy if you take local buses called "Daladalas". They are 16 seater minibuses which usually transport about 25 people 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 or shout "Shusha" meaning "down" When you want to get off. They have stickers in the front window with destination. Local transport should cost between 300/= 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.

Bajajis (similar to tuk tuks) arrived in Moshi in 2017/18 and are growing more numerous. They take 3 passengers. They have some difficulty on dirt roads, particularly in rainy season. Bajajis are cheaper than taxis, expect to pay 2000 for short distances.

Motorcyle taxis (boda bodas) are numerous. The law has now changed so that both driver and passenger are required to wear helmets. Some drivers do not carry safe helmets that can be adjusted and tightened. Some drivers are quite reckless, and don't wear helmets, no mirrors etc. Wait for a driver with a good helmet. It is not legal to ride with more than 1 passenger on the motorbike, this is called mishkaki (the same word also means kebab) and must be avoided.

To hire your own motorcycle is around TSh 35,000 per day, or less if rented for a week or more.

To hire your own land cruiser and driver is around 100,000 TSH a day.

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  • The markets can be fun to visit, even if you're not interested in buying anything. Mbuyuni at the end of Double Road in town (the main road running through the town) is a large market with which 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). It's bustling. Central market on Chagga street is another food market with a wider range of vegetables if you're staying long term and will be cooking. Maimoria (or Memorial) is a very large second-hand clothes market. If the item is on a table, the price is usually fixed, and the sellers will shout out the prices in Swahili. If an item is hanging up, haggle. There is a lot of second-hand equipment for sale that would be useful for climbing Kilimanjaro. Sleeping bags, down jackets etc.
  • There are many religious institutions, most notably the mosque near the center of town, and Sikh and Hindu temples close to Double Road.
  • 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.
  • Following the Dar Road out of town to the east you will be in Kiboroloni, which has a busy market and a great selection of fabric shops selling kitenge, and tailors.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Lala Salama Spa and Moshi Mamas. Set up by graduates of Give a Heart to Africa, Lala Salama is a spa offering massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. Located near YWCA in the centre of town. Moshi Mamas is another Give a Heart to Africa business, this group of female artisans make clothing, jewelry, toys etc.  edit
  • Honey Badger Lodge and Safaris, Msaranga (6kms out of town on the way to Dar Es Salaam, turn right at Msaranga petrol station), +255787551190, [1]. 24 hours. A hotel, campsite, lodge and safari company. A family run place with an excellent swimming pool, bar area and children's 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
  • Kili Hub, Moshi (Majengo), [2]. 9am - 6pm. hot desking, co-working space, cafe and home to many charities and social businesses. Kili Hub runs on solar power so a good option during one of the many frequent power cuts. Good internet if you have work to do.  edit


Climbing/Safari[edit]

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the obvious reason for being in Moshi. Look out for companies who prioritise guide and porter welfare, companies registered with KPAP have to meet certain standards including adequate food, salaries and equipment.

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 travelling with a cook you must also tip them. 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. Many companies will have a tipping schedule to guide you in the right direction of how much to give. This all applies to Kilimanjaro too, where you must tip your guide and your porters, and any other tours you go on. Culturally, tips should be given openly, and with a smile.

Other Activities[edit]

  • 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.
  • Day trips to Materuni Waterfall and Coffee Tour Chagga Coffee Tours is one of several companies offering this. Your guide will take you on a pretty easy hike to a waterfall, where you can swim and climb around the back of the waterfall. You can then visit a family run coffee farm and have a local lunch.
  • Zunguka Tours, Majengo (At Kili Hub), +255767711344. is the only company running this trip as of 2019. You can take a tour of the Pare Mountains, hike Kindoroko Mountain, visit a women's pottery cooperative, and end with a canoe trip across Lake Jipe to see hippos and possibly elephants. Possible to camp in Pare or stay in a local house.  edit
  • Moshi Easy Riders, [3]. offer both self riding and passenger motorcycle tours of Moshi and Kilimanjaro.  edit
  • Kili Bike Adventures, [4]. offers single and multi day mountain bike tours starting from Moshi and Arusha.  edit
  • Day trips to Maji Moto Hot Springs You can come here with a guide, arrange a taxi to take you, or take a bus to the Boma Ngombe Bus stand and then arrange a taxi or bajaji from there. You can pay the driver to stay for the day and take you home. Beautiful springs, swimming and rope swing. Limited food available so take supplies. Also possible to arrange camping.
  • Lake Chala Day Trip Significantly more expensive than it used to be since the government has increased entrance fees to enter the land, and also a private fee to enter the lake, comes out around $25. A very beautiful lake with views to Kenya with a good restaurant, camping and lodge options for overnight stays. Lots of baboons.

Various options forSwimming including YMCA located a bit north of town, and has a large, deep pool. Keys Hotel on Uru RoadHoney Badger, Kilimakyaro beyond KCMC hospital, Mountain Inn on the Dar Road also all have good sized pools, with entry between 10-20,000 TSH and good food and drinks available.

  • 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.

Volunteer Activities[edit]

Moshi is also home to several volunteer organizations, do your research and make sure you're not doing anything that you wouldn't be qualified to do at home.

Global Volunteer Programs Kilimanjaro(GVP)[33]Tel: +255 (0) 2727 54652 Mobile: +255 (0) 7543 91121, Email:[email protected] 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 [34] 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 [35] 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. 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.
  • TEATEM is an NGO (non governmental organization) [36]. 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! [37]; [[email protected]] 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.


  • Saidia Tanzania, Honey Badger Lodge (6kms out of town on the road to Dar Es Salaam), +255787730235, [5]. 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, [6]. 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, [7]. 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, [8]. 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

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several banks and ATMs located along Boma Road leading from the clock tower and the major bank, NBC [38], 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.) flat out refuse to do it.

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 Double Road 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 a 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.

  • Go and see Sia who makes fantastic clothes for men and women. Choose your material and style. She works opposite Milans Vegeterian Indian.
  • There are several bookstores but most deal primarily with school and religious texts. There are many stationery 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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Most restaurants offer a variety of food and range in price from 2,000 TSH upwards to 15,000 TSH for a meal.

Restaurants in Moshi:

  • El Rancho Kilimanjaro Restaurant ("), Ibra Line, Off Lema Road, Shanty Town, +255 782 149 502, +255 272 755 115, [9]. EL Rancho Kilimanjaro is an Indian Specialty Restaurant. The Restaurant provides healthy, delicious & tasty Indian Food “".  edit
  • 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.
  • Kakas, Indoor and outdoor restaurant with a tandoor, Indian food and some Chinese. Does deliver and you can view the menu online: www.kakas.co.tz
  • 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.
  • Fresh, Market Street, on the opposite of post office. The local restaurant, lots of seats with lots of Tanzanian food options. Like barbecue (chicken and beef), charpati, rice, and vegetables. Fresh juice for 2000 THS.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 10 to 10, off Lema Road in Shantytown. Decent food, Indian, Chinese, pizza, ideal for large groups, a favourite of tourists for dinner.
  • La Fuente, off Lema Road in Shantytown. Fresh Mexican food in a garden setting, children's play area. Open for brunch to dinner. If you want it spicy, ask.
  • More Than a Drop, on Uru Road in Rau. Great homemade pasta, all vegetarian. MTAD is a hospitality training school for young women.
  • Kukumwenyeji Meaning 'Local Chicken', this restaurant in Mdawi (6km from Moshi) is opposite Sunshine petrol station and close to Honey Badger. Fantastic food, one of the best maintained gardens in Moshi and lovely owners that speak perfect English, if you are in the area give it a try. It's extremely good value too. Meals from 5,000. Try the Baobab and Tamarind juice.

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).

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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). 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.
  • If you want to party 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!
  • Red Stone. Best and biggest night club in Moshi. It costs 5000 to get in, beers and ciders are 2500tsh. Music is mostly local with some european.  edit
  • Malindis. Bar/Club in town with live music on Friday nights from a Congolese band, and karaoke up on the stage every Saturuday night. No cover charge. Very popular with locals and tourists, sometimes has a cocktail bar running. Open until around 3am but if karaoke is going well, they'll stay open longer.  edit
  • Black Diamond. Big club opposite Pub Alberto. Cover charge is 5000, beers and ciders are 2500tsh. Mostly local music.  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, [10]. till late. A new spacious outdoor bar. You can relax and swim in the day and sit by the bar by night. Good cocktail menu  edit


  • Kili-Java (Kili-Java coffee&chai), Inside Kakas or at Kili Hub. (2 mins walk from clock tower, behind old Nakumatt Building, or in Majengo at Kili Hub), 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! $2-$10.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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, [11]. 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, [12]. 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, [13]. Also available in combination with Expedition Kilimanjaro (see Climbs). $40-150 /night.  edit
  • Buffalo Hotel, +255 27 2751754, [14]. 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, [15]. 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, [16]. 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 (), [17]. Clean, simple, and cheap rooms with free Wifi. Avoid eating there. See discussion page for additional comments. Single room is 12 USD per night, double room costs 20 USD per night, Triple room costs 30 USD per night, Dormitory room (share 4 beds with unknown people) costs 10 USD per night per person; prices correct as of 30 December 2015. 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, [18]. Rooms are well furnished and exceptionally clean. Restaurant and poolside service is available. $65-120/night.  edit
  • The Garage Moshi, Rau, Moshi (2 minutes from Rau Pub), +255 755 565 951 (), [19]. The Garage Bed & Breakfast is located a 20 minute walk from Moshi in Rau. Lovely place with 7 very clean rooms and comfortable areas indoors and outdoors to relax in. Designed for bikers, Sam the owner is a mechanic and also runs motorcycle tours. If you are a biker, especially travelling on a bike, this is your spot. from $15.  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, [20]. 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, [21]. 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, [22]. 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. $13-28 /night. On the edge of downtown towards Shantytown. Has a pool.  edit
  • Zebra Hotel. clean rooms, friendly people and decent food and bar.  edit
  • Old Moshi Hostel, Soweto, [23]. Western style hostel in Moshi. Price includes breakfast and dinner and provides volunteering projects free of charge. Partnered with Foot2Afrika. 12$-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, [24]. 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, [25]. 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, [26]. 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, [27]. 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, [28]. 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-$30.  edit
  • Stella Maris Lodge, Arusha-Hilo Road (in Mailisita, on road to Arusha), +255 68 66 63244, [29]. A non-profit hotel dedicated to funding the adjacent Stella Maris Primary School for orphaned and impoverished children. Beautiful new hotel 6 miles outside town on the way to the airport. Private balconies with Kilimanjaro views. TV, WiFi, A/C, etc. A nice place to stay or visit and it feels good to know your money goes to feed and teach the children.  edit
  • Amans Hotel (Amans), Sokoine Road (Longuo Kitandu), +255 (0) 65370 2188, [30]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 14:00. An international very cosy and private accommodation *pre bookings only* suited in a green,birds friendly environment... Also known for its Swedish background and home feeling style. If you love to stay in a quiet, bird singing 15-120$. (bus or taxi *the bus stop is named after Amans*,10min) edit
  • Osy Grand Hotel Ltd (Osy Grand Hotel), Riadha Street Box 8206 Moshi Tanzania (Corner of Riadha streets and Market Street), +255752972990, [31]. Offering scenic views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, this hotel is central and is just 50m from Moshi’s local market, whilst shops are within walking distance. Moshi Airport is 4.5 km away. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, fridges, telephones, a reading table, sofa set and a private bathroom with shower. Free WiFi is available in the rooms and in public areas. Some rooms offer the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro that Moshi has to offer. $30 (~68,000 TZS).  edit
  • Barazani Garden Villa, (+255) 748114932 (), [32]. A new run villa accommodation in the quiet community at Rau area of Moshi. Start operation at December, 2019. Five rooms. One double room with well decorated spacious restroom with big bathtub. Well-equipped kitchen, all the staff are attentive to help, and they even have barbecue grill.. $20 /night.  edit

Respect[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.

Contact[edit]

  • 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 on Boma Road.
  • There are several internet cafes in town, two are located Hill Street near the Coffee Shop, Fahari and Duma [39] (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. In Majengo, Kili Hub has good internet and charges by the day or half day at 2000TSH. Some cafes have free Raha wifi or charge by the hour around 1000 TSH.
  • If your phone operates on GSM 900/1800 and uses a SIM card then you can buy a Tanzanian SIM card (Vodacom, Airtel, Halotel, 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).
  • 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).

Cope[edit]

  • There are several hospitals and dispensaries, most notably KCMC [40]. 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 [41], a few SDA Churches such as Majengo SDA Church [42], 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. As of 2018 it is very difficult to extend a vis here.
  • There are several banks with 24 hour ATM machines. They are usually protected round the clock by an armed guard.
  • As of December 2018 all of the Forex Bureaux De Change in Moshi have been shut down by the government. Only the banks are allowed to exchange currencies.

Get out[edit]

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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