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Moshi City

The city develops around two main roads: the north-south one that leads to Tanga and Dar es Salaam and the east-west one that leads to Arusha.
The city center is identified by a bell tower.

The city lives on three things: agriculture, tourism and industries.
Coffee, introduced by Roman Catholic missionaries in 1893, is the cornerstone of life in Moshi, there are seasonal auctions in which the coffee produced is sold to international buyers, and you can also enjoy the authentic Tanzanian coffee in the city roasting.
Even sugar plantations are very important for the economy of the region, in fact they are visible outside the city.
The surrounding areas in the Moshi district are known for the extensive farms in which are grown bananas, corn and beans.

The main reason why visitors come to Moshi is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The expeditions depart from the city towards the Kilimanjaro National Park in the early hours of the morning, when the air is fresh and sparkling.
Cultural tourism programs allow tourists to organize excursions and trips to the villages of the tribes that live around the city, giving them the chance to visit nearby crops and coffee plantations.

In Moshi there is one of the three plants where Coca-Cola is bottled in Tanzania, and also a famous Tanzanian beer is produced in the city.
There are several small and medium-sized production facilities in the packaging, sugar processing and dairy and food products sectors.

Thanks to the influence of the Catholic and Lutheran missions, Moshi has a level of education well above the average standard.
In the area of Moshi there is the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMC), a hospital opened in 1971 that serves a population of 11 million people.

What to Do

Moshi is one of the tourist centers in the "northern safari circuit" of Tanzania.
The National Parks near the city are: Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Arusha, Lake Manyara and Tarangire.

Every year is organized a fair called: Karibu / Kilifair. It is an international fair of tourism and industry, which promotes and presents companies based in the Kilimanjaro region. From 2018 this fair will alternate every year between Moshi and Arusha.


Moshi is a city in northern Tanzania, located in the Kilimanjaro region, about 30 km east of the city of Arusha, at the foot of Kilimanjaro and near the border with Kenya.

Getting There

Kilimanjaro International Airport is the largest airport near Moshi, but there is also a smaller airport, Moshi Airport, about 5 km from the city center. The airport serves mainly charter and private flights.
You can easily reach Arusha and some of the parks of the Northern Circuit by car.

Where to Stay

There are many hotels and lodges in the city.

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