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Kilimanjaro and Moshi Region

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This region’s capital was once a military camp established under German occupation. The fertile, volcanic soil and moderate climate have sprung forth coffee plantations and farms nestled amid the foothills of the mighty mountain. Tens of thousands of visitors come each year to conquer Kilimanjaro’s snowy peak and reach the "Roof of Africa."
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Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
A persistent rumor has it that Mount Kilimanjaro actually belonged to Kenya until colonial times when Queen Victoria gave it to her grandson Kaiser Wilhelm, who governed what would become Tanzania, as a rather lavish birthday...
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Lushoto, Tanzania
The town of Lushoto is the main centre of population in Tanzania’s Usambara mountains. Nestled amongst the high eucalyptus-forested peaks at 1,400 metres above sea level, Lushoto’s climate is cool and temperate, making it perfect for hiking or...
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Arusha Rd, Tanzania
Peaberry...mmmm...my favorite. I never thought I'd be able to drink it in a little cafe in Moshi at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro. They roast it right there, every morning. I drank it right there, every afternoon while I was there.
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Moshi, Tanzania
Captured in the abandoned train station in Moshi, Tanzania. A weathered wooden box which once collected anonymous input, now swings uselessly from a rusty anchor. A small, thought-provoking relic of a bygone colonial era. When I saw it, I imagined...
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Kirua, Tanzania
Kilasiya Falls is one of a dozen marked and unmarked waterfalls if you turn left instead of right at Marangu Mtoni on your way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Local guides in Marangu will be happy to give you a tour of some of the lower falls for a small...
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Old Moshi Road, Tanzania
Several hundred pastors from deep in the bush in Tanzania met in the city of Moshi on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. Instead of paying attention to the meeting's proceedings, I sneaked out back to see how lunch was coming along. Under the cover...
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Old Moshi Road, Tanzania
Michael is 15. He loves to dance. I love to dance too. So Michael challenged me to a dance off. Well this 15 year old orphan beat me hands down. And then amid giggles and hugs he looked imploringly at me and said, "You will come back, won't you?"...
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Kirua, Tanzania
I highly recommend to anyone traveling in Tanzania - especially in the Kilimanjaro area - to spend some time exploring villages at lower elevations on Kilimajaro. Once you get near the national park entrance, the climate changes completely from...
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Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Known as “Everyman’s Everest,” the journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro isn’t easy but can be done by almost anyone who prepares and commits to the challenge. This beautiful trip brings travelers through five eco-zones ranging from lush to arid...
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Moshi, Tanzania
This hotel is like a world unto its own. It's a main staging ground for people climbing Kilimanjaro or heading out to the Serengeti and national parks for safari. All amenities are signed to your room so it feels like an all inclusive resort; just...
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Lake Chala
We needed a weekend away from Arusha but only had a couple of nights. We heard that Lake Chala was picture-postcard perfect, so decided to check it out ourselves. We packed our food and camping gear and drove 2 hours to Moshi. About a 35-minute...
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East Africa
Ngongu is a sacred place for Mkyashi village, and it's easy to see why. Take a dala-dala from Marangu to Mkyashi and then take the road going left when you get off from the dala-dala stand. Eventually you will see Ngongu's treeless head in the sky...
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Moshi, Tanzania
We visited Amani Children's Home, a local non-profit based in Moshi, during our recent trek to Mt Kilimanjaro. Amani is committed to reducing the number of children living on the streets in Tanzania by providing a nurturing place for homeless...
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Tanzania
This mama from the small mountain town of Mweka, at the base of Kilimanjaro, mixes mud, fresh cow dung, and okra to build a fuel-efficient wood stove for cooking.