Moshi, the city of tranquillity and space, offers a warm welcome in a beautiful environment. It is one of the starting points for short safaris and climbing Kilimanjaro. Here are the things to do in Moshi Town Tanzania
Activities in Moshi
Mountain Kilimanjaro hiking
Kilimanjaro National Park is home to the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa! You can make multi-day climbs from Moshi to the top of Kilimanjaro. View our Kilimanjaro destination for this. But it is also possible to take guided day trips from Moshi on the lower part of Kilimanjaro, with great views of the snow-covered peak of Kilimanjaro.
For example, a walking safari of about 8 km, at an altitude of 2750 meters, takes about four hours. You walk partly through dense rainforest and mountain forests where you can encounter blue monkeys, black and white colobuses, and bush babies. The most popular activity on the list of amazing things to do in Moshi town.
Everywhere in and around Moshi, you can visit coffee plantations, as well as the coffee auction and coffee roaster, to learn all about the cultivation and production of coffee. Make a coffee tour and learn how beans are grown, picked, and get insight into the lives of the Chagga coffee farmers, who live on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.
The Kuringe waterfall is very impressive and one of the highest in the area. At the foot of Kilimanjaro, 70 meters of a crystal-clear glacial waterfall into a basin. The beautiful path that leads to this waterfall of Materuni is 2500 meters above sea level you walk through valleys and hills covered with tropical rainforest, past coffee, bananas, and avocado ‘shambas’ (the Kiswahili word for farms). On a clear day, you have a great view of the city of Kibo and Moshi. Walking shoes are recommended.
The village of Materuni is one of the few authentic villages in Northern Tanzania, with picturesque views of the city of Moshi and Kilimanjaro. In this green village with all the fresh air, you will learn about the cultural heritage of the Chagga people. And you may also taste their home-brewed banana beer and/or the traditionally roasted coffee. Moshi is also home to other waterfalls like Kunukamori waterfalls, Ndoro waterfalls, and Kilasiya waterfalls, to mention but a few.
Close to the waterfall of Materuni are the Chagga caves. The caves, actually excavated tunnels, were excavated by the Chagas about 200 years ago to protect themselves from Maasai attacks. The Maasai mainly targeted water, food, and livestock, but also Chagas, which they then enslaved. Chagas sometimes had to survive for months in these caves. The guide will take you to the excavated caves to experience this whole new (underground) historical world of the Chagga Community. Truly one of the amazing things to do in Moshi Tanzania.
Lake Chala is a unique caldera lake and is considered the deepest inland waterway in Africa. This lake is fed by underground sources of Kilimanjaro. The lake has a great diversity of life. From lush lakeside forests to beautiful volcanic savanna; from river beds beautifully carved by old rocks to thick bushes or open ‘mbuga’ (park). Hiking on Lake Chala is a magical experience that brings you back in touch with nature. You can go on a walking safari, canoeing, or swimming.
Located about 35 km from Moshi Town, just outside the city of Boma, in the heart of the Sanya Plains, are the hot springs of Rundugai (Kikuletwa / Chemka springs). These springs emerge in the middle of a parched and dusty landscape. They are locally called Chemka (cooking). That may seem so, but the water is not hot, rather it is a pleasant temperature!
This is a good place to visit for a picnic and swimming. And the view of Kilimanjaro on a clear day is also fantastic. Unfortunately, the water is full of fluorine, which means the locals can’t use it for drinking. The crystal clear, turquoise water surrounded by palm trees and winding roots offers a picturesque place to enjoy a swim. Book your day trip to Chemka Hot Springs
Under guidance, you will discover all aspects of daily life in Moshi city. For example, you visit the local market, where fresh products are displayed and sold in a special way. While walking, the guide will tell you everything about the city, its buildings, and its past. On the street, you will see businessmen at work. You have lunch in a good restaurant, an amazing experience on the list of things to do in Moshi town.