"Moshi...in the shadow of Kilimanjaro" Top 5 Page for this destination Moshi by JulesH

Moshi Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 107 photos

My home in Africa

We landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport and were met in the arrivals hall by Reward from Tanganyika Tours. He drove us to our hotel in Moshi, some 45 minutes away by car (avoiding the many pot holes in the road, so a rather more circuitous route than necessary) and the small town of Moshi instantly felt like a friendly place to us. It was a little edgy in some places, and we were advised not to walk alone late at night...but that's true of anywhere, surely? Moshi was the kind of place which filled me with anticipation and excitement. Where I felt all the time that somehow I should be in danger, but I never truly was. The hotel looked shabby from the outside, but surprising wonders lay at the end of the thin and dismal looking corridor with a Masai warrior guarding the door. We came back to this hotel 3 times throughout our three week trip, and each time it felt like coming home. The street outside our window was noisy, but what a view we got from the balcony! Mount Kilimanjaro filled the horizon on a clear day...every evening, the clouds would drop away and leave a spectacular vista which you couldn't fault. And at first light, and at sunset, the haunting call to prayer echoed in the air from the mosque further down the street. A reminder of the cultural diversity of this strange land we found ourselves in. We even felt safe ensconced in the voluminous tent of mosquito net which covered our bed, despite the fact that it was full of holes a cat could get through. After all, that's what mosquito repellent is for.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly, bustling and small
  • Cons:You can't withdraw dollars here, although they insist you pay this way!
  • In a nutshell:A town which trades on the mountain which overshadows it!
  • Last visit to Moshi: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 19, 2005
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  • muguruki's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    After seeing your tips I'm tempted to return to TZ.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    A lovely Moshi page Jules.

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2007 at 12:21 AM

    Off to Tanzania at the weekend, but won't be going to Moshi. Looks like a fun place though.

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 8:16 AM

    Green with envy. Was supposed to be there last August...had to cancel because of the war here. Now I don't know if I will ever make it :((

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2006 at 7:02 AM

    Moshi memories

  • TheView's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2006 at 11:19 AM

    What is a coke float? ...Wonderful page I really love to go ..and see someday!

  • LuisGuimaraes's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 12:59 PM

    I'm aston ished with "the backyard of the masaai photo". Took a similar one myself. It's so unbelievably stunning to see those red spots in the endless scenery

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2005 at 1:04 PM

    more great pages Jules

  • hayward68's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2005 at 5:46 AM

    The trek you describe sounds excellent, Kili. sounds daunting after reading your ordeal so maybe this would be a nice option for me in the future.

  • Bangkokjoe's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2005 at 10:59 PM

    The shot of Kilimanjaro is fantastic! (Mountains look good from the bottom, up on the top you can't see them.)

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