Moshi Kilimanjaro Travel Guide: Gateway To Africa's Highest Peak

Ah, Moshi Kilimanjaro—where the air is crisp, the coffee is world-class, and the Mount Kilimanjaro views are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
If you want to climb Kilimanjaro and reach the roof of Africa, Moshi will likely be your gateway to the mountain. Set at the foothills of Africa's highest peak, Moshi is more than just a pitstop; it's a vibrant Tanzanian town brimming with culture, adventure, and, yes, the promise of the climb of a lifetime.
All of Skyhook’s Kilimanjaro tours start and end in Moshi, so here are a few things we can tell you about this town. No doubt you’ll have a bit of extra time on either side of your Kilimanjaro trek and want to know what there is to do.

Where is Moshi?

Moshi, the capital of the Kilimanjaro region, is located in northeast Tanzania. The town is strategically nestled at the southern foot of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.
When you set foot in Moshi, you're one step closer to the gates for the Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, and Marangu trekking routes; the very pathways that will lead you towards the summit of this iconic mountain.
Moshi hotel
Briefing at the hotel in Moshi before a Kilimanjaro trek.
Accommodation is readily available in the town, with a selection of hotels and recreational centres to choose from. Moshi is a practical and comfortable base for travellers looking to explore the region's natural beauty and wildlife.

Nearby Tourism Destinations

Other nearby points of interest that you might want to put on your radar include Kilimanjaro National Park, Mkomazi National Park, Lake Jipe, and Lake Chala.
Besides these natural wonders, you can also find waterfalls, natural springs, and tropical forests to explore.

A Hub For Safari Trips

With Kilimanjaro International Airport just 40km away on the Moshi-Arusha highway, Moshi is also a hub for Tanzania’s northern safari circuit.
Many travellers extend their Kilimanjaro trek to do a safari. Moshi serves as a convenient starting point for tours to epic wildlife destinations such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Tarangire National Park.

Good to know: Skyhook offers a 2 day safari to Tarangire and Ngorongoro.

Tarangire safari
There's wildlife a-plenty within a stone's throw of Moshi.

Local Culture

Moshi is home to the Chagga people, who are primarily farmers growing coffee, bananas, and other crops on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. The people have a rich history and are known for their warm hospitality.
Many work as Kilimanjaro porters, guides and cooks on the mountain. These folks know Kilimanjaro like the back of their hand, thanks to generations spent in the mountain's shadow. They add a rich layer to your Kilimanjaro experience, ensuring you get a taste of culture through stories, impeccable Kiswahili and Chaga language, cuisine, and more.

Things to Do in Moshi Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

As a hiker in Kilimanjaro, you'll have a world of Tanzania adventures at your fingertips. Explore Chagga villages, connect with the locals, and even learn their traditional ways, like making coffee and banana beer. Dive into the vibrant markets, haggle for souvenirs, and soak up the local culture.
If you're up for some outdoor excitement, hike to the breathtaking Marangu Waterfalls or experience the thrill of a day safari to spot wildlife at Arusha National Park.
things to do in Moshi
All roads lead to the mountain.
As the sun sets, Moshi comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. Discover local bars and restaurants, savour Tanzanian cuisine, enjoy live music, and connect with fellow trekkers.
Remember to pamper yourself at one of the town's spa and massage centres after your Kilimanjaro conquest.
Immerse yourself in the culture, enjoy traditional Tanzanian dance performances, or even learn Kiswahili to enhance your local interactions. You can also explore coffee plantations to witness the coffee-making process from bean to cup.

To Wrap it All Up

Moshi Kilimanjaro is where you’ll start and end your Kilimanjaro hike. You don’t simply have to fly in and fly out, though - there’s plenty to do around the town, and you can add on some activities to complement your trip.
The town’s strategic location, welcoming atmosphere, and array of activities are all part of your unforgettable experience in the heart of Tanzania.

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