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Where to stay in moshi | Before and after Kilimanjaro

Where to stay in moshi | Before and after Kilimanjaro

Moshi is the gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park. Not far from the Kenyan border, the town is home to about 200.000 people of whom many are working in the local tourism industry. Moshi is not only famous for Kilimanjaro, but it is also popular as a base for safaris in the many other national parks that you can find in this part of the country. From Moshi, you can easily arrange a safari to either Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

About 1.5 hours from Moshi you can find the Kilimanjaro International Airport. As the town is directly South of Kilimanjaro and close to the most popular climbing routes like the Rongai, the Marangu, and the Machame Route, it is no wonder that people prefer to stay in Moshi when comparing it with neighboring town Arusha. 

Accommodation In Kilimanjaro national Park range from beautiful and extravagant wild cabins to comfortable tented camps. There are enough options to suit all types of preferences, spending plans and trip types that visitors have. Kilimanjaro has only a few accommodations located in distinct areas of the park. 

Kilimanjaro Accommodation ranges from luxury wilderness lodges to comfortable tented camps – enough to suit all tastes, budgets and trip types. Whether you’re looking for a stopover before your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or a relaxing safari lodge from which to explore the area, our selection of Mount Kilimanjaro accommodation is sure to inspire you and will make planning your Tanzania safari so much simpler.

Before & After Climbing Accommodation options


The Stella Maris which is our standard hotel is the right choice for visitors since it is conveniently located on the main road from Kilimanjaro International Airport before reaching the safari capital of Moshi. Just 25 minutes from the airport, the Stella Maris is situated in the peaceful village of Mailisita, on the outskirts of Moshi itself.


Situated on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Parkview Inn offers unmatched levels of quality and comfort. With a prime location in central Moshi, there is no better place to prepare yourself to climb Kilimanjaro. The spectacular view of Kilimanjaro is delightfully complemented by our poolside patio and professional service.


KEYS is a modern hotel, with an African touch which is dedicated to maintaining up to standard international hotel services. The Hotel is situated at a Prime location along the Uru Road – Moshi, a walking distance to Moshi town centre. In a clear sky, you can view the beautiful snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro from the premise.

Accommodation during Kilimanjaro climbing tour.

All Kilimanjaro climbing route except Marangu route are camping route of which we must supply sleeping and dining tents. We have very good and high-quality four-season tents. All our tents are brand new in every season to make sure that our clients stay dry and enjoy every step during the climb. For those choosing Marangu route you will be staying at huts/Bandas.

On every public campsite and every half day of the day has public hole toilets. These toilets are not very clean because are used by so many people, therefore we at Popote Africa Adventures Ltd provide portable flushable toilet. We provide one toilet to be shared by 4 people. This mean if the group is more than 4 people, more than one portable will be supplied to meet the demand of the group.

Kilimanjaro routes - Which is the best Route?

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is often considered the most beautiful of all the trekking trails up Mount Kilimanjaro. It is one of the newer routes on the mountain and shares a portion of the same path as Machame route, although it holds a few advantages over that route that definitely make worth considering, particularly for travelers who have some extra time.

Machame route

Kilimanjaro Machame Route

The Machame route on Kilimanjaro is a seven day camping route which allows for excellent acclimatisation and particularly diverse scenery. Each day on this route presents quite a distinct ecosystem to experience, which is one reason it is so popular. The Machame route could be done in six days by missing out Karanga Valley and going straight to Barafu.

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is the oldest and most well established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro, and it remains extremely popular, despite a wide variety of other options becoming available. This path provides trekkers with the classic Kilimanjaro climbing experience, offering sweeping views and a wonderful hiking adventure all the way to the summit of Uhuru Peak.

Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

This route avoids the crowds on the southern routes and over 9 days, you have a fantastic journey and a great chance of summiting successfully. The climb begins at Londorossi Gate, at an altitude of 2360 metres, with an approach far to the west of the mountain. It follows the Lemosho route, passing through majestic rainforest where some of the region’s most unique wildlife can often be seen.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route used to be the steepest, shortest and most direct route to Uhuru Peak. Traditionally the route utilised the steep Western Breach and Arrow’s Glacier path to the summit; however, due to a tragic rock-fall in 2006 that claimed the lives of three trekkers the approach via the Western Breach was closed. It reopened in December 2007 but due to its difficulty and safety risks, most travel operators do not offer this route as an option.

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