The 7 Best Hotels In Moshi, Tanzania (For Hiking Kili And Exploring The Serengeti)

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Disclosure: I stayed in Moshi for a few days before and after my trip up Kilimanjaro. Beforehand I stayed at the awesome Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse (where I met some awesome other travelers and locals). Afterward I stayed at Wonders Hotel for some much-needed RnR. The other Hotels listed here are either other options I looked at, or recommendations from other travelers I met while in Tanzania.

If you’re planning to climb Kili, you’ll need a place to stay in Moshi before and after your adventure. This town, located at the foot of the mountain, is where most climbers start and end their journey. Where they meet their guides and porters and rest after summiting. 

After hiking the Lemosho route, I realized that a good hotel can make a big difference in your experience. You’ll need convenient and safe accommodation with various amenities to make your stay more comfortable. But how do you choose the best one for your budget, comfort, and convenience? How do you know if it has the best facilities and services?

Below are my best hotels in Moshi, Tanzania;

1️⃣ Best Overall: The Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
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2️⃣ Best Hostel Option: Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
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3️⃣ Best Budget Hotel: Comfy Stay Kilimanjaro
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4️⃣ Best Mid Range Hotel: The Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
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5️⃣ Best Luxury Hotel: Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort
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6️⃣ Best Hotel With A Pool: The Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
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Join me as I share my personal recommendations for the best lodgings in the area.

TLDR; My Favorite Hotel In Moshi

My favorite hotel in Moshi is the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.

It’s a 4-star hotel with spacious rooms and comfortable beds, hot showers, free Wi-Fi, a rooftop restaurant, and a bar (my favorite part) with stunning views of the mountain. You can also take advantage of their swimming pool, gym, spa, and fitness area. Another awesome perk is that it’s close to the town center and they offer free shuttle service and luggage storage when going to the Airport.

I stayed there after my climb and loved every moment of it. Especially soaking in the pool after being on the arid mountain for 8 days.

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How Much Should You Pay For A Hotel In Moshi

Here’s a rough guide of what you can get for different price ranges.

  • $10-$35: A basic hostel or guesthouse with shared facilities, dorm beds, or private rooms with AC, limited hot water, and limited Wi-Fi.
  • $25-$80: A budget hotel or lodge with private facilities, family rooms with AC, hot water, and decent Wi-Fi.
  • $50-$150: Mid-range accommodation with private facilities, double or twin rooms with AC, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, TV, fridge, balcony, or terrace. Some also include free breakfast, a restaurant, a bar on-site, and a swimming pool and garden.
  • $100-$400: If you’re looking to splurge, you can get a luxury hotel or boutique with private facilities, double or twin rooms, or suites with AC, hot water, excellent Wi-Fi, TV, fridge, minibar, balcony, or terrace. They also offer breakfast, a restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, and a spa.

Hostel vs. Hotel

If you’re traveling solo or on a tight budget, you might consider staying in a hostel. They are cheaper and offer a more social atmosphere where you can meet fellow travelers. Some hostels also organize tours and activities for their guests. But there are some drawbacks. Hostels tend to be less comfortable and you might have to share your room and bathroom with strangers, which means less privacy or security for your belongings.

Personally, I prefer staying in hotels because I value comfort and convenience more than saving money. But if you don’t mind sacrificing some amenities and sharing space with others, you can stay at a hostel. 

A Word On Safety In And Around Moshi

Moshi is generally a safe town. Even though the crime rate is low compared to other places in Tanzania, like Dar es Salaam, it doesn’t mean you should let your guard down completely. 

Here are some tips to stay safe in and around the area:

  • Don’t walk alone at night or in dark or isolated areas.
  • If you’re a solo traveler, explore the area with a guide. Alternatively, ask your accommodation staff for advice on where to go and what to do.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or valuables with you.
  • Decline offers for unsolicited services or deals.
  • Lock your room and use the hotel safe, if available.
  • The Touts or ‘Papassi’ will flock to you and follow you around, trying to sell you anything or everything. They’re harmless but bloody annoying. You can amuse them by talking with them, or be firm and tell them to leave you alone.

Best Hostels In Moshi (For Meeting People)

1. Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse [Where I Stayed!]

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Rafiki is one of the most popular hostels in the town. It’s not far from the town center and offers:  

  • Dorm beds and private rooms with fans/AC and mosquito nets
  • Lockers
  • Shared or private bathrooms
  • Communal kitchen
  • Shared lounge
  • Garden
  • Barbecue area
  • Book exchange
  • Pool table
  • Laundry services
  • Free Wi-Fi and breakfast

If you wish, you can pitch your tent in their garden and camp there for the night. Also, the staff can arrange tours and activities for you.

I stayed here before my hike and loved it. I met some great people and there was a real family vibe which some hostels really dont have.

2. We Travel Hostel

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Located in the heart of the city, this new and modern hostel offers:

  • Dorm beds and private rooms with fans/AC and mosquito nets
  • Lockers
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Communal kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi and breakfast

Best Budget Hotels In Moshi

3. Kilimanjaro Summit Lodge

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As the name suggests, Comfy Stay is a cozy, charming, and quiet hotel tucked away in a beautiful green spot near the river. It includes: 

  • Double or twin rooms with mosquito nets 
  • TV
  • Private bathrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Airport shuttle
  • Shower
  • Room service
  • Garden
  • Free Parking

Best Mid-Range Hotels In Moshi

4. Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

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This is my favorite hotel in Moshi. As I mentioned before, it’s a 4-star hotel with everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. It offers:

  • Family rooms or suites with AC and mosquito nets
  • TV
  • Fidge
  • Minibar
  • Private bathrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi

It also has a rooftop restaurant and bar (which i loved!) with stunning views of Kili, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa, and free shuttle service and luggage storage. 

5. Sal Salinero Hotel

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Sal Salinero is a tranquil inn located near a golf course. It offers:

  • Double / twin rooms or suites with AC and mosquito nets
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Private bathrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Lounge
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Laundry service
  • Spa
  • Free parking. 

Best Luxury Hotel In Moshi – Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort

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This exclusive hotel is nestled near the forest reserve and offers: 

  • Family rooms or suites with AC and mosquito nets
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Minibar
  • Private bathrooms with jacuzzi
  • Free Wi-Fi

You can also take advantage of their restaurant, bar, lounge, garden, kids’ playground, swimming pool, spa, and free shuttle service and luggage storage. 

Best Hotel With A Pool – Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel (Again!)

Again Wonders Hotel takes the cake. Not only does it have plenty of facilities, it has a large outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas to help relax and take in the views of the mountain too.

What Is Accommodation Like In Moshi?

Moshi is not a big tourist destination compared to other places like Zanzibar or Serengeti. I’ve found most travelers visit when going to hike Mt Kili. So accommodation options are not as diverse or abundant. But it does have enough choices to suit different tastes and budgets. Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing your accommodation.

For hiking Kilimanjaro?

If you’re planning to climb Kilimanjaro, you’ll need to book accommodation that’s close to your trek’s starting point because some routes are farther than others. Fortunately, most hotels can arrange transfers to and from the gate for you. Also, hiking the mountain can be a strenuous and extremely exhausting endeavor. I recommend you choose a hotel comfortable enough to provide you with a good night’s sleep before and after your climb. 

Learn More: Read my full guide to climbing Kili here.

Kili Hikng to summit at Dawn 4

Proximity to town?

You can easily explore the town on foot or by bike. Some hotels are outside the town center, so you might have to take a taxi or a motorcycle to get around. If you want to be close to the shops and other attractions, choose accommodation within walking distance or a quick ride from the town center. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle, I recommend staying in one located in a quieter area near the river or forest.

Price?

You can expect to pay between $10 and $200 per night for accommodation. Of course, you can find cheaper or more expensive options depending on your preferences and availability. Other hotels offer amazing discounts and deals, making it easier to find exclusive and comfortable accommodation at a fraction of the cost.

Tristan Balme A wallet full of cash to pay the kili tour company

Availability?

Moshi can get busy and crowded, especially when there are big events or festivals in town. Book your accommodation well in advance if you’re traveling during (the peak seasons and) those periods. 

Security?

The town is generally safe for tourists, but you should do your due diligence when it comes to security. Ideally, you want to choose a lodging with security guards or cameras on site. Also make sure it has locks on doors and windows, a safe or lockers for your valuables, and a reliable reception or concierge service.

Facilities?

Though there are various accommodations to choose from, they’re not created equal. They all come with different amenities and services. A big part of your prep will be to choose one with facilities that suit your needs and preferences. For example, if you need Wi-Fi for work or entertainment, choose one with free and fast Wi-Fi. If you need to relax and recover from your hike, it makes sense to choose one with a pool or spa on site. If you need a gym or a yoga studio for exercising or stretching, opt for one with a gym or a yoga studio on site. The list goes on.

3 Tips For Getting To Moshi

By air

The closest airport to Moshi is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA / JRO / HTKJ). You can fly there and then take a taxi or a shuttle bus to the town. Some hotels offer free or discounted airport transfers if you book with them.

By bus

The cheapest and most common way to get there is by bus. You can find bus tickets online or at the bus stations or terminals. You can expect to pay between $5 and $20 for a bus ticket.

When I arrived in Moshi i flew into Nairobi, Kenya, and took a direct but to Moshi the next day. The boarder crossing was reasonably effortless (though slow) and much cheaper than a connecting flights.

By car

If you’re looking for a flexible and convenient way to travel to Moshi, you can rent a car from various agencies in Tanzania. If you go for this option, make sure you have a valid driver’s license, an international driving permit, a vehicle registration certificate, an insurance policy, and enough cash for fuel.

Final Recommendations

Getting a hotel in Moshi that will make you feel at home makes all the difference. Especially if you’re planning on hiking Kili. Though the main attraction is the mountain, you can still find suitable and comfortable lodgings if you want to break away from your regular routine. The whole town has a friendly and laid-back vibe that makes you feel relaxed and welcome. I highly recommend booking one of the accommodations in this post when you do visit.  

Kilimanjaro Travel Planning Cheatsheet

 

🚑 Should I buy travel insurance for Tanzania?

100% YES! — Tanzania has now introduceed “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens! Tourists need travel insurance in case anything happens on your visit. Also be aware many policies won't cover high altitude hiking as it's a high risk activity!

(that's right, check the t&c's on your complimentary credit card insurance

I highly recommend World Nomads as you can get specific add-ons for high altitude hiking UP TO 6000m (Which most travel insurance companies don't offer!)

🎫 Do I need a visa for Tanzania?

Probably not — Tanzania now provide a visa on arrival (VoA) for most western countires which allows you stay for up to 90 days. However, some other countries do need a pre-approved eVisa (check here!). VoAs cost $50 USD for a single entry - Note, US Citizens are required to get a Multi-Entry visa which costs $100 USD. (View visa prices here)

If transiting through Kenya (a lot of people fly via Nairobi), you'll need a Kenyan visa too. Visa's cost $20 for a 3 day transit visa and $50 for a toursit visa

(By the way, on both my interactions with the imigration officers in kenya they tried to scam me, so know what your obliged to pay and BRING THE EXACT CASH for the visa!)

💉Do I need any vaccinations for Tanzania?

YES! Make sure you are up-to-date with all your vaccines. Common travel vaccines include Hep A/B + Typhoid, and Diphtheria + Tetanus.

A yellow fever vaccination isn't a requirment to visit Kilimanjaro but is for neighbouring areas in East Africa. In reality, you will might not be allowed back into your home country on your return (I was asked for proof of vaccination upon returning to Australia) so getting this jab prior made for good peace of mind. 

Rabies is an issue in Tanzania but the vaccine is expensive and ineffective as a preventative measure (it only lasts a few years and you'll need to get them again if you require treatment). If bitten by a stray dog seek immediate medical attention!

As always, talk to your GP or specialised travel doctor a few weeks BEFORE you leave.

🏩 What’s the best Kilimanjaro Tour operators?

Your only realy two options here are Kumano Travel and Booking.com. Its a complicated process so I wrote this guide here on the best kumano kodo accomodation options

If you don't want to figure it all out (it's meant to be a holiday after all) you can book a package tour. Here are my recommendations for both guided and self-guided.

💸How do you pay for things in Tanzania?

Cash is king in Tanzania, so you'll want to get some folding tender out from an ATM when you land. Larger businesses and hotels will take Debit / Credit Card but most resturants, and street vendors want cash. I even had to pay for my Kili trip in cash!

I personally use a Wise debit card for all my international money needs as they only convert the funds when you make payment, plus they offer a much better spread (margin on the true exhange rate) than the banks do. They work in all the Tanzanian ATMs I tried. 

🚌 What's the public transport like in Tanzania?

There is a good basic network of local and inter-city busses in Tanzania and travel this way is very cheap. Domestic flight are also very affordable and a far more comfortable option. Checkout Busbora for booking bus tickets online.

📲 How do I get internet/data/wifi in Tanzania and on the mountain?

This one needs a whole nother article, but the short version is prepaid SIM cards are cheap and availible to tourists and locals alike (You don't need a pricey tourst SIM!)

Your cheapest option is buying a physical sim card on the street corner once landed and getting the shop assistant to help you set it up. I went with Vodacom and had generally good coverage, even up on Kili!

Another option if you're visiting other African countries is the Airalo eSIM. This is a little more expensive but gives you connectivity across 14 neighbouring African Countries and connectivity the moment you step off the plane!

✈️ What’s the best site to buy flights to Tanzania?

For finding cheap flights, I recommend Skyscanner. Once you find the flight you're looking for, I'd then suggest booking directly with the carrier (even if it costs a few $$ more than with one of the agreggators/agencies).

💧Can you drink the water in Tanzania?

Safest not to — tap water in Tanzania may be OK (the locals drink it) but is generally untreated and not reccommended for tourists. Purchase bottled water for drinking and teeth brushing.

🏔️💧Can you drink the water on Mount Kilimanjaro?

Yes — Your tour company with ensure the water provided to you is safe to drink by either carrying in bottled water, or by treating stream water with purification tablets or by boiling it. If you want to drink water from the rivers and streams you generally can but should do so at your own risk. ALWAYS follow best practice and drink from fast flowing water as far up stream as possible. I'd also recommend a Brita Water Bottle for rehydrating on the trail safely. 

 

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