You want to climb Kilimanjaro and are unsure if some additional nights in Moshi will be worth it? Let us give you a triple yeah! Explore some of our favourites on what to do in 48 hours in Moshi. All of them easily done without stress. Get a sense of the life in and around town.
Waterfalls & Coffee Tour
Moshi is the administrative centre of the Kilimanjaro region and home to business-minded Chagga people. To encounter the traditions of the gatekeepers of Kilimanjaro take a day to the backdrops of Moshi with our guide and ride the Dala Dala (local transportation) to the tiny village of Materuni. The ride itself will already be an experience that will draw you closer to the local population. A Dala Dala easily holds 30 people or more though designed for 16. That said be prepared for an unforgettable adventure. Once you reach your destination learn everything about the fine arts of mild coffee and produce your own from tree to cup. On a clear day you can overlook Moshi and the whole Kilimanjaro region from Materuni. Pass coffee and banana plantations on your trek. The refreshment in Kilimanjaro’s glacier water and relaxation on the water banks are the perfect finish to this day trip.
Hint: On the way back to the Dala Dala station, make sure to stop by one of the local bars and try the local banana brew or banana wine. You decide if you like it or not, but you got to try!
Eat Out In Town
There is no better way to experience a new place then by trying the local food. Though Moshi offers some excellent international cuisine with Kaliwa Restaurant (Thai) or IndoItaliano (Indian / Italian), we want you to discover the traditional dishes. Tanzanians love their meat. High in favour are mbuzi (goat) and kuku (chicken). Indulge yourself with some goat bbq at East Africa (next door to Milan’s). As side dish choose some Ugali (mais mash) or plantains. Wash all of it down with a cold local beer. For our vegetarian friends try Milan’s with its plenty of non-meat dishes.
Memorial And Mbuyuni Market
Have you ever done some shoppings on a six soccer field big second hand market? Memorial market on the entrance gate to Moshi is your chance to do so. EVERYTHING is available: From shoes, clothes, bags, school uniform or house ware. Even if you don’t want to bargain for an item, it is quite an experience to stroll over the market. Best time to go are Tuesday and Friday. From there take the Dala Dala back to the city centre and get off at the bus station. Take a walk down to Mbuyuni market via Nyerere road, the main road of Moshi. You will pass different shops, street vendors and tailors. Mbuyuni is Moshi’s big fresh market with local produces. Depending on the season you will find mango, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple or avocado just to name a few.
Hint: Buy some fruits and vegetable and prepare your own salad. The sun kissed taste will blow you away!
Dance The Night Away
Moshi’s nightlife is fairly impressive for the small town it is. It seems on weekends the whole town is out enjoying themselves after a long week. Tanzanians adore pool. So do you? Then you might want to compete and pass by Kool Bar or Pub Alberto’s for a match or two. Both places also have a DJ and dance floor for later at night.
You can also go straight to Glaciers (best on Friday!). This outdoor place has the reputation of having one of the best BBQ kuku in town. After a good meal enjoy some cocktails from the bar and shake your booty on the dance floor.
There are more good joints to discover, but you might want to stay longer for that: Malindi’s with it’s Friday live music and karaoke night on Saturdays. With La Liga, Moshi has a huge discotheque on the outskirts of town as well.
Hint: Dress to impress as Tanzanians will do so as well.