Moshi - a beautiful city in Tanzania in at the foothills of Kilimanjaro
Moshi is a small to medium-sized town located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Moshi is only a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International airport, and about an hour and a half drive from Arusha. It has a quiet charm and although it is by no means over-run by tourists, there are enough foreigners here that you will not feel isolated. Moshi also serves as the base for many expeditions on Kilimanjaro, employing local residents as guides, porters and cooks. This is another reason you will see Westerners in and around the town. Volunteering in a variety of projects such as nursery & primary schools, vocational training centres, orphanages, centres for children with disabilities, medical centres, women's groups, community development & conservation projects in the foothills of Kilimanjaro is truly amazing.
Is Moshi a safe city?
Moshi is considered very safe. The locals are very friendly and can often tell you are volunteers, so 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!"
There are many restaurants, Western and local, in Moshi so there is never a problem finding somewhere to eat for lunch! Local restaurants offer good food with decent sized portions at cheap prices. Western places are more expensive but it is nothing compared to prices back home. Because of the Asian influence in Moshi, there are many good Indian restaurants. You can also pick up things for lunch from the supermarkets in Moshi. The supermarkets sell pretty much everything you need, so if you were to forget to bring something from home there is a high chance you would be able to find it here.
Moshi has many bars and night clubs, which are great fun on the weekends with all the people that decided to volunteer in Tanzania! There is Malindi Club which offers live music on Friday nights, whilst on Saturdays you can head down to take part in the karaoke. Other places volunteers may go on nights out are Redstone Nightclub, Black Diamond Night Club and Bikers Bar, so as you can see, there are many options. Volunteers also love having a cold beer at the rooftop bars, where you will be treated to the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro. On weekends, volunteers can go swimming at one of the many swimming pools in and around town or go on day trips in the area around Moshi.
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 a one day journey or short flight from Zanzibar Island, the coastal area of Pangani or visiting the Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.
If you want to find out what you can do during your stay, we have prepared a list of tourism activities during volunteering in Tanzania that you are sure to enjoy!
That is Moshi. It is a great town and one you are sure to end up loving!