Size & Population:
Moshi town is a Tanzanian municipality with a population of 184,292 according to the 2012 census. The municipality is in the Kilimanjaro Region and is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, covering an area of 59 km².
Moshi town serves as the base for expeditions up the “Roof Top of Africa”, Mount Kilimanjaro and cultural tourism programs operating on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Moshi is always referred to as “the Town of Mt. Kilimanjaro” is at the base of Africa’s highest mountain and a home to mainly Chagga tribe-people. Other small ethnic groups residing in the town after the independence are Pare, Wakahe, Sambaa, Indian, and Arabs. Moshi town has also a good number of European and American experts. It lies on the east to the west road linking Arusha and Mombasa in Kenya, and it is very close, about 35 Kilometres to Kilimanjaro International Airport [JNIA].
Germany established a military camp in Moshi (Neu-Moschi) in August 1893 with the northern line railroad reached Moshi in 1912.
Moshi is a city of commerce, coffee production and marketing and banking activities. It has a number of coffee establishments, Commercial Banks, Foreign Exchange Bureaus, and Business companies in all sectors.
Moshi hosts a number of higher education facilities. Those include the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMCo), the Stefano Moshi Memorial University College (SMMUCo), the Mwenge Catholic University (MWECAU), the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU), the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy (KSP), and the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT).
Moshi, Tanzania is at the foot of the tallest mountain of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro with its ice-capped peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo throughout the year despite being in the equatorial region. Beside a mountain, Moshi has a stable climate and the town enjoys a relatively cooler temperature. The popular attractions include:-
- The sceneries and greens of the mountain slopes
- Several wonderful designed Cultural tourism programs
- Climbing the Roof Top of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro through well designed routes of Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe, and Rongai
- Visit to Lake Jipe, NyumbayaMungu, and the Lake Chala, a crater lake in a Calderon the borders of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro. The lake is home to the endemic Lake Chala Tilapia [Oreochromishunter].
Moshi is served by the Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO] for international and domestic travellers from all corners of the world. The airport is located about 35 Kilometres from Moshi on the way to Arusha.
Moshi has also domesticcharter flightsthrough the Moshi Airport [QSIto and from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Kilimanjaroand National Parks serving both international and domestic travellers.
There are dailybuses and coaches to and from Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Tanga, Dodoma, and Mbeya and neighbouring countries of Kenya [Nairobi] and Uganda [Kampala] through the all way tarmac roads.