Friendly, bustling and small
You can't withdraw dollars here, although they insist you pay this way!
The half-day tour of the local NGO KIWAKUKKI gives a realistic insight into the social reality of the country: you will be learning about the situation of HIV/AIDS in the Kilimanjaro region and the impacts of the disease on the community and families. Accompanied by a social worker of KIWAKUKKI, you are going to encounter affected families...more
This was an excellent 4 day trek, arranged for us by Tanganyika Travels Ltd. The first day we were driven from our hotel to the Ngorongoro Crater, a long journey of about 4 hours over bumpy roads. We arrived at the Ngorongoro National Park and descended into the crater to spot Big Game. Our guide was very thorough and made sure we missed nothing! I...more
Just arrived from Arusha, after checking in at Leopard's, a relaxed walk in Moshi main streets.The little sunny city is full of colors and life. People just walking by, relaxed and moving!There are plenty of fruits and vegetables, all kind of shops selling every imaginable item, even those that you may think that do not exist anymore.definitelly a...more
PO Box 40, Marangu, Moshi, Tanzania
Good for: Business
Taifa Road, Kiborloni, Mnazi, Moshi, Tanzania
Good for: Business
Excellent hotel to serve as a base in Moshi for your Kili or Meru trek. Rooms are standard size...more
Our guides took us into this place on the way back from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. After a week of campsite food (brilliantly produced by Aloise & Ernest, but still campsite food), it was wonderful to get a decent burger and a cold beer.We were 11 altogether, and Jonas (chief guide) was smart by phoning in our order as we drove into town from...more
My guidebook (Bradt’s) tells me this hotel restaurant is a good bet.Before going, a colleague enthused about the fact that the local Rotary club meets there and that the toilets are quite nice.Hmmm. OK, to be fair, 10 of us arrived unannounced for lunch. Not easy to deal with. But to be honest, the food took best part of 90 minutes to arrive. Mine...more
The Coffee Shop was one of my favourite places to hang out in Moshi. There's a great garden courtyard in the back with shaded tables and it was so peaceful to sit and chill with a drink and chat with friends. There's an inside eating area as well where the cash register is and they also sell packets of the local coffee. A great place for breakfast...more
This was quite an interesting restaurant with touches of the Austrian Alps mixed with local African. It was a quiet, peaceful place to have some nourishment. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here, the waitresses were friendly and welcoming and the meal was tasty. We went for lunch and though it's not a huge menu it was very good, African dishes are big...more
This was a great, popular restaurant in Moshi. Two different menus are offered, Italian and Indian, so you can choose whatever cuisine you happen to fancy that day. We went back several times and my fellow traveller, who came down from the mountain several days before me, went a few more times. There's an outside patio, which fills up quickly, and...more
Location: Moshi Kilimanjaro, TanzaniaOutreach of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Moshi. Quiet and pleasant atmosphere that really has a café feel which is very unusual in East Africa. “Aim is to train local staff, serve the community by providing a pleasant meeting place and to promote Tanzanian coffees. Surpluses are directed into the work of...more
Every night the Honey Badger Centre offers live bands who perform traditional Tanzanian beats and dancers who accompany them.It's a lively stage performance where audience participation is a must. Once the musicians start the beats and sing the harmonious melodies, you'll find yourself up on stage in no time, wanting to learn all the pulsating...more
I took the Raqib bus from Moshi, Tanzania to Mombasa. The Raqib starts, I believe, in Arusha and picks up at various stops along the way, crossing the border at Taveta, travelling to Voi and then along the highway to Mombasa. From the border to Voi it is a long, bumpy and dusty red dirt road. The dirt seeps in and covers you in a fine layer of red...more
One of the cheapest ways to reach Moshi, if you have flown into Nairobi, is to book one of the many shuttle buses which travel daily between Nairobi, Arusha and Moshi. There are several companies to choose from, we used Impala Shuttle and it cost about $30 each for the journey. We were staying across the road from the shuttle bus stop in Nairobi...more
The Impala Hotel in Arusha runs a shuttle operation running between Nairobi and Moshi. The shuttles are small but clean and the operation is run fairly smoothly. The shuttle to get you to Moshi leaves Nairobi at approx 8am and gets to Arusha at approx 2pm though with the amount of road works this can vary significantly - our shuttle got to Arusha...more
One of the must have's from Africa is a KANGA. It's basically a rectangular piece of colorful cloth worn by both men and women that covers the head as well as the body. It's said to have originated along the coast of East Africa.Traditionally, each kanga has a Swahili phrase written on it, and make fantastic gifts! Husbands give it to their wives,...more
Close to Moshi is the huge market where, once a week, everything from second-hand clothing, to hardware, to food and local crafts are sold. People come from all over the region to do their shopping, and it is definitelhy worthwhile to peruse the merchandise there. Fabrics and artwork are the best buys at these busy markets. It's best to focus on...more
Africulture House Curios is probably the best craft shop we've seen in Tanzania. It has a good selection of crafts at very reasonable prices. Moreover we could look at everything in the shop without being harassed by the staff and all the articles had a price tag (and the prices were really interesting, we couldn't find anythng cheaper in the...more
This article came in the Tanzania Sunday News on May 15, 2005. I thought this was quite an interesting take on the local customs:
"OLD Zanaki men have a unique way of dealing with unfaithful wives: they sing at the top of their voices each time they approach home and in this way scare away any man who does not have a convincing reason to explain his presence.
That special song is called kibanziko in the Zanaki language and every old man reaches a particular age and gets down to composing his kibanziko. The song is a notice for unwanted guests to leave, a warning for men whose intentions are not honourable. It is assumed that when an old man sings his kibanziko he is usually drunk, and it is sung only after dark.
No self-respecting elder of the Zanaki tribe will be caught sneaking upon his wife trying to catch her in the act of committing adultery. It is a behaviour that is frowned upon."
So all you Players in the house can learn from these Zanaki men! If you hear homeboy humming to the tune of "Mack the Knife,"............ head for the back door!!!
To this tour operator we paid money before he organized for us trip to Kilimanjaro and Safari, but after coming back from Kilimanjaro he disappeared with our money. His office on the main bus station in Moshi, his name Job Urasa. So please be careful when you chose a tour operator in Tanzania.
This company gave us a really bad safari. After building a good case they agreed to give us another safari at half price. They screwed that up too. I really recommend finding another operator in Moshi if you choose to do a safari in the Northern Circuit. Or, find a reliable one in Arusha. These guys were really disappointing.
They also do treks on Mnt. Kili. If they treat their clients on the mountain as badly as they treated us on the safari, choose another!
Unique Suggestions: Late - they can never seem to leave on time
Inadequate Equipment - 7 blown tires in 3 days
Poor Communication - Never keep in touch with clients to inform schedule change
Itinerary Changes - Constantly change to self serve and save money
Last Day Confusion - Leave clients hanging on last day logistics and transport (we got stuck taking a local bus back to Arusha; a 45 seater with 90 people crammed on)
Never Take Responsibility of Problems or Inadequacies
Don't Follow Through on Promises
Fun Alternatives: We had good reports of Tanganika Safaris based in Moshi
It is possible to do a half day hike in the rainforests on Kili's base. Colobus monkeys are plentiful here. If you are lucky, you will see them leaping from tree to tree in the forest's upper canopy.
Most hotels can arrange a walking tour into the forests for as little as $15 including the services of a english speaking guide.
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