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Moshi at 890metres above sea level is set at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The town is located about 580kilometres from Dar es Salaam, 76kilometers from Arusha and 280kilometers from Nairobi. The population is about 180,000
Moshi is the first base on the way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The two peaks of Kilimanjaro can be seen from all over the town and it dominates the skyline except when the cloud descends. It is a fertile area and the Chagga people nearby grow Arabica coffee, the higher quality of the two coffee types.
Many people use Moshi as a base for trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro and there are several tour operators in the town who arrange treks. The Kilimanjaro International Airport is 34km (21miles) to the west and the town is also accessible by rail and road. Arusha An hours drive to the west of Moshi is the nearest sizeable center while a further three hour drive to the north and into Kenya is Nairobi a well established Tourist Centre.
A visit to West Kilimanjaro: The road running northerly direction from Boma ya Ngombe on the Moshi Arusha road passess through Sanya Juu and Engare Nairobi to reach Olmolog. A drive in this area can include estate visits and a trip through Londorossi forest glades. Most estate managers are happy to receive visitors including the parastatal owned Rongai ranch where African cowboys, mounted on the horse back, herd Boran cattle and Persian black headed sheep in Texas style.
Mwariko Art Gallery on Mufutu St exhibits local arts and craft. Mweka Wildlife Museum – this is a part of the college of Wildlife Management in Africa, located 15kms north of Moshi on Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes are all linked by easy to follow footpaths offering good walks through attractive terrains. About 100kms out of Moshi on the road towards Dar es Salaam is the Nyumba ya Mungu (House of God) dam on the Pangani River. This is a good picnic site.
Marangu is a small and attractive town on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro about 40kms northeast Moshi.
In addition to serving as a convenient overnight stop for those trekking on the Marangu route, it also makes a good base for day and overnight hikes on Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes.