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Destination Inspiration: Moshi, Tanzania

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. With unbeatable safari trips and a delightfully vibrant local town, Moshi is an under-the-radar gem for the traveler who’s been everywhere.

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.

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 market stalls display traditional clothing and fresh fruit, and the famed coffee farms serve up fresh Tanzanian Arabica.

The best time to go

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.

Three great places to stay

One of the best things about staying at The Secret Garden Hotel is the mountain views out towards Kili. Actually, a fully serviced B & B, the bohemian, modest vibe of The Secret Garden has a range of room options, like large family rooms, and dorm-style bunk rooms. Booking.com’s Travel Predictions Report for 2024 found that 56% of travelers are seeking an escape from the everyday, with plans to explore off the beaten path. The location of The Secret Garden is just on the outskirts of Moshi offering another layer of tranquility and connection to deep nature. Guests can walk just 20 minutes to the bus station, or get a five-minute taxi ride. The Secret Garden staff can happily arrange a pick-up from the bus station for a fee of 5,000tsh or $3. Watch the sunset over the peak each night from your own balcony, and then again the next morning over breakfast.

Kaliwa Lodge sits near the entrance to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, just a few minutes from Machame Gate. Sitting at 1300m amongst monstrous eucalyptus trees, stands of banana, and rich fuschia bougainvillea, Kaliwa’s bungalows are in an ideal setting for adventure seekers and ultra-relaxers alike. Falling asleep at the end of a bucket list day, visitors fall asleep to chirping crickets and the laughter of bush babies, then wake up to the hornbill bird’s distinct cry of the hornbill and chattering monkeys. Private terraces look out over the forest, with the lodge’s big wooden deck offering up unobstructed views overlooking the Weru Weru Rift and Forest. The relatively remote setting makes it a spot to really unwind.

Conveniently in the centre of Moshi, and within walking distance of many restaurants and cafés is Brubru Lodge. A new entry to Moshi’s accommodations having just opened in 2023, Brubru has just ten rooms that are designed with a modern and relaxing feel; ultra soft beds that are a real treat after days spent hiking or on safari. The lodge is home to a lush, tropical garden and pool area with a hot tub. The on-site restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients from the Kilimanjaro farmers. High-quality, fresh meals are available for all types of eaters: meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. Breakfast is included with your stay.