Moshi town is a medium-sized town nestled in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. It is a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro airport, and a little over an hour drive from Arusha, the biggest and most economically important town in the northern section of Tanzania. Moshi has a lot of quiet charm to it and although it is by no means over-run by tourists, there are enough foreigners here that you will not feel isolated. It is the closest town to Mt. Kilimanjaro so many tourists stay here before and after their climb.
Moshi is considered very safe. You are encouraged to be careful walking around with valuables however the locals are very friendly and they associate foreigners with volunteers. They know you are here to help and respect you for that. In fact, you are a minor celebrity as you walk through town! Especially with the children calling out “Mzungu” (white person) and hoping that you will wave back to them.
"Moshi is a great town with lots of food places and interesting weekend trips available whilst you are volunteering. I would highly recommend doing a safari and climbing Kili- as they say you only live once!"
Favourite past times in Moshi include having a cold beer in one of the rooftop bars (with views of Kilimanjaro), visiting one of the local hotels to relax by their swimming pool, enjoying some Moshi nightlife at local bars or getting out of town for a day trip.
Although a full Kilimanjaro climb takes 5-7 days there are many day trip options for hiking around the base of the mountain.
Moshi is close to Arusha National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, the Pare Mountains and the Northern Safari Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire etc). You are also a days journey or short flight from Zanzibar Island, the coastal area of Pangani or visiting the Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.