We anticipate the group will arrive in Nairobi on one of the early morning flights where it will be met by John Blissett who will introduce the drivers and escort the group down to Tanzania. The route starts by taking the main Nairobi to Mombasa highway down to the town of Athi River where a newly built road runs south down to the Tanzanian border at Namanga. Once the border crossing formalities have been dealt with the group will skirt round the slopes of Mt Meru and the town of Arusha before arriving in Moshi. The group should arrive in time to unpack and relax by the pool for a few hours before dinner.

Moshi is situated on the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, lying on the main road connecting Arusha to Dar es Salaam and is home to the Chagga tribe. The town is often overlooked as a tourist destination, with most visitors choosing to stay in Arusha, however, Moshi is the base for many of the expeditions climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, although most people spend very little time in the town before and after their climb.

There is very little industry in Moshi and the local economy is mainly based around agriculture, with coffee and bananas being the main cash crops that are grown on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. One industry that is worth a visit is Shah Industries, located just across the railway line in the Factory Area of Moshi. Shah Industries employ a number of handicapped people and produce a wide range of unique, hand made, leather animals as well as more conventional leather bags, wallets, belts and a range of other craft work at very reasonable prices. A trip to the factory will be arranged at some point during the group's time in Moshi and people will be given the chance to watch the craftsmen at work as well as having the chance to buy souvenirs.

The liveliest place in town is the bustling Central market which sells just about everything. It is a good place to have a wander and look for souvenirs although visitors are pestered by people trying to take them to their stall or trying to earn a commission by taking them to somebody else’s. Again, a visit to the market will be arranged during the trip.

There are a number of good restaurants around Moshi so we normally book our accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and eat out in the evenings. Some of the places worth visiting are El Rancho, for very good north Indian cuisine, the Indotalian Restaurant, for an eclectic mix of Indonesian and Italian food, or the Panda Chinese for some excellent and authentic Chinese food. There are also plenty of restaurants around offering Tanzanian food if the group wants to try something more local such as banana stew. The costs for eating out at these restaurants have been included in the price of the trip.

During the time in Moshi the group will visit Shia School, carrying out a range of agreed activities which could include delivering basic English lessons, health education, etc. There has been some money raised for the Shia School and this visit should be the perfect time to formally open the new classroom that has been paid for through this.

Honey Badger Lodge
The group will be staying at the Honey Badger Lodge which is based just outside Moshi and set in extensive and peaceful gardens. The lodge has been built with local Tanzanian building materials and designed to create a pleasant oasis for its visitors. Mature trees, along with a variety of colourful tropical plants and accompanying birdlife, all combine to make the Honey Badger Lodge one of our favourite places to stay in Moshi.

All the rooms are furnished to a high standard, offering satellite TVs, phones, fans, and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel also has a lovely pool. The lodge is far enough out of town for it to be a great place to unwind and relax after a tiring day out and about in town or visiting local schools.