Moshi, our home town, is a small but typically vibrant Tanzanian market town with an urban population of 150,000 and rural population of 402,400. It is the regional capital of the Kilimanjaro region. What makes Moshi special is the fact that it sits behind one of the worldâs most amazing backdrops, the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. You can practically be anywhere in Moshi and feel imposed by the beauty of the mountain. Although the town lies at an altitude of 890m above sea level, you do not have to travel too far towards the mountain to feel that you are getting higher and can feel closer to it. The town is set in a fertile volcanic area, well fed by streams off the mountain, ideal for Arabica Coffee crops, the most rewarding local export.
Moshi is the kind of town where you can relax in its friendly atmosphere and just talk to people and observe the sights and sounds. We recommend that you try and spend a few days here just absorbing what a typical market town in Tanzania can offer. This is the kind of town where people have the time to talk to you and be a friend.
There are many interesting and picturesque excursion and tours you can take whilst you are staying at our home base:
Moshi town - A chance to absorb the atmosphere of the town, visit the local traditional market, spend a lazy afternoon in the sheltered garden of the Coffee Shop, play a spot of golf at one of the local golf courses or swim at the YMCA or one of the hotel pools.
Lake Chala - 30 km east of Moshi, this crater lake fed from Mount Kilimanjaro is truly an off the beaten track. The views of the surrounding area and the shores of the lake provide a magnificent picnic site. The lake is not safe for swimming as it is home to crocodiles.
Njoro Forest (Rau) - on the east of Moshi town in an area of high ground water fed by run-off from Mt. Kilimanjaro. A guided walk in the forest will give you the chance to see an abundance of nature, tree and woodland, including the tall Mvule trees. Watch Colobus monkeys eat wild fruits.
Kikuletwa Hot Spring - a natural clean spring water. Ideal for swimming in the warm water and relaxation. The surrounding areas provide stunning views with a great picnic spot and tour into one of the Maasai huts will be worthwhile.
Kibosho - a half hour drive from Moshi town. Visit the Catholic Cathedral or walk in the sambaâs and forest. There are many large Catholic and Lutheran churches on the mountain with interesting stories behind them of how missionaries influenced the Chaggas who reside there. Kidia is the oldest German church in Tanzania.
Horse Riding - a half day or full exploring the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro on horse back.
Nymba Ya Mungu Reservoir - A great place for birds, with fishing settlements around the lake. On the way you pass the TPC Sugar Plantation, a scenic drive especially when the flame trees are in blossom.
Lake Duluti - 50 minutes from Moshi. Walk round the shores of the lake and enjoy a drink or some food at the cafĂ© or have a picnic.
Marangu - Pass by the Ndoro waterfalls 40 minutes from Moshi. Walk in the national park with a guide. Drive to Marangu gate, take a guide and walk up to the first hut on the Marangu Route. A tough, full-day walk; wear good boots. You will need to pay for entry into the park.
Makoa Waterfalls - a 10m waterfalls created by the Makoa River in Machame. Surrounded by banana and coffee plantations where you get the opportunity to see the indigenous people conducting their daily lives.
Uru Waterfalls - Uru waterfalls, which lies about thirty minutes out of Moshi town. The 50 meter waterfall is one of the hidden treasures of Kilimanjaro Region and offers you the opportunity to hike through coffee farms and enjoy spectacular views. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the base of the waterfall and swim in the pool of the waterfalls.