Moshi Budget Travel Guide

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About Moshi

Moshi is a small and lively town located on the scenic lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania.

The friendly town of Moshi is popular as a base for trekking up Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

Moshi, the coffee-producing centre of Tanzania, is also close to the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park and Arusha National Park.

Moshi Attractions

This bustling, yet peaceful town is a pleasant and colourful place to explore on foot, visiting local markets and shops that sell fresh produce, curios and all kinds of interesting things.

The main reason for visiting Moshi is of course to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano.

Attractions in Moshi include the seasonal coffee auctions, where international buyers bid for wholesale coffee. The coffee-roasting factory in Moshi is also worth visiting to learn about coffee production and enjoy the sweet aromas.

From Moshi you can embark on short hikes and day-trips to visit local tribes and villages, as well as crop and coffee plantations.

Moshi Location

The agricultural town of Moshi is located in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania, surrounded by the plantation-covered slopes of majestic Mt Kilimanjaro.

The scenic rural area around Moshi also features sugar plantations, playing an important role in the region’s economy.

The Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is about half an hour’s drive from Moshi. Moshi is close to the Kenya-Tanzania border and about a two-hour drive from Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital.

When to travel to Moshi

Moshi has a tropical climate with two rainy seasons. The best time to visit Moshi is during the drier, warmer months best suited for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – these are January to February and September.

Other times that are good for climbing Kilimanjaro are from June to August, when conditions are cooler but still outside of the rainy seasons.

If you are travelling to Moshi to climb Kilimanjaro avoid the two rainy seasons in Tanzania – one is from the end of March to the start of June and the other is from November to the start of December.

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