Chances are if you are in the relatively small town of Moshi, you are there for one reason: To climb Kilimanjaro. Moshi is the gateway to Africa’s tallest mountain and most tours leave from the town. However, there are plenty of ways to spend your time here before or after the long hike.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tanzania is located just north of Moshi, close to the entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park. Materuni waterfall is over 400 feet tall and quite impressive. The trail is about 30 minutes and passes through local villages including banana and coffee plantations.
Back in the center of town, grab a beer at the Old Railway Station, an abandoned ticket booth along railroad tracks which locals turned into a bar. This is one of the best views of the mountain and what better way to experience it than with a little bit of history and a locally brewed Kilimanjaro beer!
Later on, if you are looking for a relaxing day, Kikuletwa Hot Springs is just for you. Located about an hour and a half from Moshi, this crystal clear spring is lined with acacia and fig trees. Although the water isn’t extremely hot, it has a comfortable warm temperature and is a great, peaceful place to relax.