Moshi (Tanzania)

Moshi Travel Guide and Trip Resources


David Costalago Meruelo

The Mountain Calls

Great base to climb Mt KilmanjaroNot much to do or see (other than above)
Friendly atmospherePersistent sellers at the market
Relatively safe & clean

Welcome to Moshi, a bustling and peaceful town in the Northeast of Tanzania that sits in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are only really two reasons you are here: the first is that you're a coffee trader... The second and much more likely reason is that you are here to set off on that life long goal of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - wise choice.

For those coming for the mountain, we have a wonderful page prepared focusing on Mount Kilimanjaro that you should head over to now. You can head back over here after, we'll wait.

It is likely that you'll end up spending a day or so in Moshi, either prior to the trek or recovering from it. So it is worth a mention that you can get around by foot quite easily (just what you want to hear after such a trek, right.), it is relatively safe by day, the usual adage of avoiding wandering out at night still applies.

A bustling town, with three predominant cultures made up of the Chagga, Pare & Maasai people; along With a mix of fellow travellers coming and going, volunteers about, friendly locals and some Asian influence combining to create a nice varied atmosphere.

There are no obvious attractions, other then that large mountain ever present in your peripheral view, so best just wander around and check out the markets and chat with the locals as they casually display some treasured souvenirs and national football shirts for your pending acquisition. [Review by nikodonnell]


Key info

  • Moshi is a city in Tanzania's region of Kilimanjaro. It has a population of 184,292, is situated at an altitude of 3117ft and the best airport to fly into is JRO (Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro)
  • The main spoken language here is Swahili, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Moshi Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
84 88 84 81 77 75 75 75 81 86 84 82

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.9 1.3 3.1 5.2 3.7 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.6 1.4 1.7

More Moshi travel resources

First and foremost, check out our page on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Then head on over to Wikitravel as they will sort you out with the need to know.

Check out some YouTube videos to get a quick look & feel of Moshi.

Finally you can take a look over at some random blog posts about the place.


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