Moshi Region Guide – Tanzania
Moshi is a Tanzanian municipality with a postcode number 251 with and 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, a dormant volcano that is the highest mountain in Africa.
Nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, this region is the coffee producing centre of the country. All around the town and on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, there are vast plantations of coffee blanket covering the area.
Coffee is a mainstay of life in this region, and the seasonal coffee auctions, whereby wholesale coffee is bidded for by international buyers, packaged and sold, is an event not to be missed if you’re in town.
In addition to the coffee auction, Moshi’s coffee roasting factory is a sweet-smelling insight into the production of this famous beverage. Sugar plantations are also of central importance to the region’s economy, and can be seen outside of town.
Cultural tourism programmes can arrange for short hikes and day-trips to tribes and villages, and also tours to nearby crops and coffee farms.
Walks around Moshi town and a trip to the coffee auction that is held here are activities of interest to passing visitors, but the main reason visitors come to Moshi is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the mountain whose thick clouds and snow-capped peak towers over the agricultural town.
Climbing expeditions depart from the town into Kilimanjaro National Park early in the morning, before the clouds that cluster daily around the mountaintop have risen, and when the air is fresh and cool.
Whether you’re in Moshi to scale to the top of Africa or learn more about coffee growing and production, Moshi is a quiet haven of tranquil peace whose quiet streets offer a warm welcome in a beautiful setting.
The municipality covers about 59 square kilometres (23 sq mi) and is the smallest municipality in Tanzania by area.Many people from the Chagga and Pare ethnic groups live in Moshi, which lies on the east-west A23 Arusha–Himo road connecting Arusha and Voi, Kenya.
Just to the east of Moshi is the intersection with the B1 north–south road eventually connecting with Tanga and Dar es Salaam. Moshi is considered one of the cleanest town in Tanzania.
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