Moshi – Tanzania | Top things to do and experience
Where is Moshi? Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro lies the laid-back town of Moshi, In a East Africa country by the name Tanzania.
No matter where you wander around the Moshi town, you will be greeted by a friendly “Jambo” (hello) by the locals as they go about their day-to- day business. Look up on a clear day, and you’ll also see the mountain dominating the town’s skyline. Although 55,000 visitors come here annually to climb the famous Mt. Kilimanjaro, this vibrant town has remained largely unaffected and has managed to keep its charm. And while the mountain might be the main attraction in Moshi, it is also the gateway to so many other fascinating places that will give you a true taste of Northern Tanzania. Here is why we think you should spend at least a few days seeing what Moshi has to offer…
Some interesting facts about Moshi
What does the word Moshi Mean? The word Moshi means “smoke” in Swahili, the national language of Tanzania. This is because the clouds that are often covering the mountain resemble smoke
What is the Population of Moshi? Moshi has a permanent population of approximately 170,000 inhabitants, mostly from the Chagga Tribe. This number fluctuates daily, as people flock to town from the surrounding area to do business in the markets
What is the Altitude of Moshi? The Moshi town itself is located at an altitude of 890m above sea level. While Mt. Kilimanjaro stands at an impressive 5,895m above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Africa
Moshi has regularly won the title for being one of the greenest and cleanest cities in Tanzania
Moshi is one of Tanzania’s major coffee-growing regions. Their other main crop grown widely is Bananas.
Fun things to do in and around Moshi
Enjoy a day hike on Mount Kilimanjaro – The main attraction in Tanzania, a climb to the “Roof of Africa” is a once-in- a-lifetime adventure. However, if you don’t have the time to make it to the top, there is also the option to take a day hike and explore the equatorial rainforests at the base of the mountain.
Take a day trip to Lake Chala – Located on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, Lake Chala is a peaceful location and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Believed to be the caldera of a volcano which erupted over three million years ago, all that remains now is a beautiful blue lake surrounded by forests that are home to abundance of different monkeys and birdlife.
Take a dip in the Kikuletwa Hot Springs – Located just a stone’s throw away from Moshi lies Kikuletwa Hot Springs – a beautiful natural oasis hiding away among twisting fig trees in the middle of a dusty landscape. This hidden gem is a lovely spot to unwind and relax after a safari or trek.
Visit the Old Railway Station – Probably Moshi’s biggest hidden gem, the abandoned railway station is well worth a visit. Not only can you get great views of Mt Kili on a clear day, it’s a great place to while away a few hours and people-watch as most of the locals still walk along the tracks as part of their daily commute.
Explore the local markets – If you want to go bargain-hunting or simply want to see the authentic side of local Tanzanian shopping, exploring the local markets is a great activity to do. Be sure to bargain well!
Make coffee with the locals – All around the town and on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro you will find vast coffee and banana plantations. Therefore there is no better place to visit a plantation and learn the local’s way of brewing coffee from scratch!
Hike to Materuni Waterfalls – Located in the picturesque foothills of Kilimanjaro, Materuni village is blessed with rugged charm and lush green forest, making it a wonderful place to enjoy some hiking. At the end of your trek, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Moshi’s tallest waterfalls. Once there you can take a dip or just chill and enjoy your surroundings. (if you can brave the cold waters!).
Best places to eat in Moshi
Moshi might be considered a small town, you’d be surprised by the variety of restaurants to choose from. From Indian and Italian cuisine to Asian and European foods. There is a world of food to be found in the town centre. Some of our favorite places include:
Indoitaliano – offers some of the best pizza and Indian food in town : Read Tripadvisor Reviews
Pamoja Café – a popular spot for backpackers, this small eatery offers a nice balance between local cuisine and Western food: Read Tripadvisor Reviews
Maembe – set in lush gardens with lots of mango (maembe) trees, this is a great place to relax with the family while enjoying a meal and great views of Mt Kilimanjaro: Read Tripadvisor Reviews
La Fuente Gardens – located in the Shanty Town area, this restaurant serves some of the best Mexican food in town: Read Tripadvisor Reviews
Milans – this is a popular restaurant for both locals and travelers alike, serving up some of the yummiest vegetarian Indian food and treats: Read Tripadvisor Reviews
Kilimanjaro Coffee Lounge – With a peaceful outdoor setting, this area is a great place to grab a bite to eat and a milkshake while hanging out with fellow travelers: Read Tripadvisor Reviews
And you can organise your Tanzania safari with us or book any the above tours with Tanzania Expeditions.