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 Emali where a newly built road runs south down to the Tanzanian border at Loitokitok. Once the border crossing formalities have been dealt with the group will skirt round the eastern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, past Marangu, to Moshi and 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.

After a night in Moshi the first morning will involve a formal visit to the local council offices and a meeting with the District Education Officer. This will be a courtesy call and will be expected. This meeting will not take more than an hour after which time the group will make its first visit to the school at Shia.  The rest of the day is likely to be taken up by a tour of the school and meeting the head teacher, the school staff and probably the School Council. The other days in Moshi will be spent at the school with the group 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 will be the perfect time to donate it.

It would be useful to identify how the school wishes to spend this money before the group arrives so Willetts can advise on how the handing over of the money should be managed but it will include notification to the District Education Office and may involve the group purchasing some materials in Moshi.

AMEG Lodge
The group will be staying at the AMEG Lodge which is based in the suburbs of Moshi and set in extensive and peaceful gardens. The lodge has been built with local Tanzanian building materials and designed to combine antique African and modern contemporary styles creating a pleasant oasis for its visitors. Mature frangipani and palm trees, along with a variety of colourful tropical plants and accompanying birdlife, all combine to make the AMEG our favourite place to stay in Moshi.

There are 20 bedrooms, all en-suite, with twin and double beds. Each room has its own private verandah where one can relax and enjoy the view. 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, gym and business centre with printing facilities and access to the Internet. 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.