Kilimanjaro is Africa's tallest mountain, and often called the 'Roof of Africa'
On a clear day in Moshi, the snowy peak of Africa’s tallest mountain looms large in the distance. Mount Kilimanjaro draws climbers to this Tanzanian town, along with adventurers eager to explore the region’s many natural wonders.
The bright blue Lake Chala welcomes day-trippers for monkey-spotting hikes, while the Kikuletwa Hot Springs are known for tiny fish that clean your feet as you swim. Those interested in indigenous culture can also visit Maasai tribes and Chagga villages nearby.
A woman sells fresh fruit at a street market
Moshi itself has plenty to enjoy – Swahili meals such as Nyama Choma, a dish of grilled meat and barbecued bananas, pairs perfectly with locally brewed beer. Local markets stalls display traditional clothing and fresh fruit, and the famed coffee farms serve up fresh Tanzanian Arabica.
When to go?
It can take between five and nine days to summit Kili
January to February and June to October are the best times to visit Moshi. During these dry months, you’ll get cloudless skies in the morning and evening, and the most consistent weather for climbing and other outdoor activities.
Where to stay?
Tembo Tamu B&B – Moshi, Tanzania
Tembo Tamu B&B
Located within a quiet villa outside of town, Tembo Tamu B&B is all homely comforts, decorated with big prints, wooden furniture and including a vibrant tropical garden. Breakfast is a big hit, especially for those recovering from Kili or other adventures – think fresh fruit, omelettes and homemade jams.
The Secret Garden Hotel – Moshi, Tanzania
The Secret Garden Hotel
One of the best things about this hotel is the mountain views out towards Kili. You can watch the sunset over the peak each night from your own balcony, and then again the next morning over breakfast.
Honey Badger Lodge – Moshi, Tanzania
Honey Badger Lodge
Honey Badger Lodge will have you feeling like you’re already on safari. The spacious bungalows have straw thatched roofs and rustic furnishings, and there are monkeys running around the grounds. It’s also very child-friendly, with a playground and pool on site.
Kaliwa Lodge – Moshi, Tanzania
Kaliwa Lodge sits right near the entrance to Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park, just a few minutes from Machame Gate. Private terraces look out over the forest, with the lodge’s big wooden deck offering up unobstructed views of the peak. The relatively remote setting makes it a spot to really unwind.
Altezza Lodge – Moshi, Tanzania
This lodge is conveniently in the centre of Moshi, within walking distance of many restaurants and cafés. The rooms are comfortable and clean, with soft beds that are a real treat after days spent hiking or on safari. There’s also a nice garden and pool area with a hot tub.