Fifi’s Restaurant, Moshi

Ana Martins, Manager of the new Fifi’s Restaurant in Moshi, has sent me the following information:

We are in international cuisine restaurant with great Kilimanjaro coffee, fresh made juices and amazing milkshakes. Our menu ranges from burgers and sandwiches to full course meals. Our patrons can also enjoy free parking and free wifi provided by RahaSpot. Closed on Tuesdays. Mon-Fri: 7.30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun: 08.30am-10pm. We are located in the old General Tyres Building, close to the Clock Tower.

Contacts are +255 774543797 or <>



Karibu Hostel, Moshi

Asier Urrutikoetxea of the charity Born to Learn has sent me the following info about their new budget hostel in Moshi:

“The idea of Karibu Hostel was conceived to support the NGO called “Born to Learn” as all profits are donated directly.  Born to Learn was created after 5 volunteers from different countries got together to start an educational project in the community of Newlands in Moshi, Tanzania.

The mission of Born to learn is to provide education to all those kids that are not able to attend school due to lack of economic resources. We teach them how to read, write and count and we put them into schools as soon as they reach the appropriate level or we find sponsors. At the moment we have 35 kids sponsored in public schools and another 30 in our project waiting to get into school someday soon.

Karibu hostel will happily receive volunteers and backpackers. We offer free volunteering to anyone who wants to assist in our programs and spend time with our kids, teaching them English, Math, Arts, Music and Sports. We also welcome travelers who arrive in Moshi  to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or go on Safari in Serengeti or Ngorongoro.

By staying with us people will be helping our kids that would otherwise be on the streets doing nothing. The kids now have a chance to be someone in the future and will be able to help their families.

Karibu Hostel is located in a very secure area, only 5min walk from the city center of Moshi, Tanzania. It is situated very close to the Arusha roundabout, in front of Peace Park in a big white building, the first building on the right on Nsilo Kwai street.

We offer accommodation in shared four-bed dorm rooms, where people can make close friends or a twin-bed double room for those who want more intimacy.

A fully furnished hostel with all facilities will make the stay comfortable. There is security 24 hours, parking, hot water, lockers and very nice environment with other travelers and volunteers from all over the world.

It has a huge garden with mango and banana trees where everyone can relax, play sports or pick up fruit in season.  The garden also supplies many vegetables for hostel meals.

We do have also chicken that provide very tasty eggs everyday.

There is also the possibility to watch movies, play cards or read books in our great living room combined with a spacious terrace, where it is nice to chat with others for hours while looking at the moon and stars.

The rates vary according to the length of stay and meal inclusion.

For overnight guests and those staying less than 2 months the price is 9 euros per night, 12 euros with breakfast included and 15 euro with breakfast and dinner included.

For those staying over 2 months the price is 14 euro per night, including breakfast and dinner.

For those staying over 3 months the price is 13 euro per night, including breakfast and dinner.

Laundry is offered at no additional charge.

For more information check our website or find us in Facebook at “Born to Learn”

Akaro Tours & Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel, Moshi

My husband and I used your guidebook while in Tanzania and found it very useful.

We took your advice on visiting the Materuni waterfall with Akaro Tours and we were extremely glad we did. It was a very nice walk, especially after 6 days spent in the jeep on safari. Path is not too steep and not completely flat. The waterfall is amazing, people we met were very kind and the food (sugar cane, avocado, passion fruit, coffee …) is delicious – of course, everything is freshly picked. Akaro tours people (especially our guide) were very pleasant and well organized; therefore I would recommend this company for their excursions.

We were staying in Kilimanjaro Crane hotel which was a bit worn but out clean, well located, especially for Mt Kilimanjaro views, and reasonably priced. There were some repair works going on, but it was not disturbing.


New campsite at Lake Chala

I thought you might be interested in the latest development at Lake Chala. All the guide books give a negative picture on both Kenyan and TZ side. However, the Tanzanian side has a new camp site as of this year, and many changes. This is the first part of a three stage plan. So far a good campsite, bar and restaurant are currently available. Work will soon start on a full tented camp which will be built seperately. The ultimate aim is to obtain more land and make it an official conserved area with a luxury lodge, however this is in the future. Website pending but if you go to our facebook page and just browse through the albums of Lake Chala you can see all about it. Plus the rent-a-tent service and general price list.  For other questions your readers can contact the Project Manager, Rob direct at : E-mail. Mobile: +255 – (0)786 – 111177

Many thanks Carolyn Waltenberg

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) which is dedicated to improving the working conditions of Tanzanian porters by equipping, educating and empowering them is partnering with Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (RMI) in the United States to collect 10,000 pieces of mountain clothing and gear for Kilimanjaro porters. The clothing drive, entitled “10,000 for 2010” is underway through October 1 with donations currently being accepted at RMI’s base camp below Mt. Rainier in Ashford, WA. Items can be dropped off at RMI’s base camp or shipped to:
10,000 for 2010, c/o RMI Expeditions, 30027 SR 706 East, Ashford, WA 98304.
All donations are tax deductible in accordance with KPAP/IMEC 501(c)(3) status. For more information on the drive or to support other KPAP projects please visit:
Julia Gajcak

Arusha & Moshi updates

Arusha. Excellent lunch at Via Via, a true oasis in a heaving city.

Impossible to change US$ traveller cheque in any bank. Best rate in Forex was in first road on left up Boma road on north side. Rates for $T/C were discounted 20 or 30% in many Forexes and sterling was often not quoted or discounted up to 50% the real rate of exchange.

Look out for thieves, dark glasses stolen from beside my elbow at Forex counter.

Road to Moshi in reasonable condition.

Kindoroko Hotel. 45,000/$35 double, $25 single. Clean simple rooms with fans, rather small, but hotel has a splendid roof top restaurant and spectacular view of Kilimanjaro in the morning.

Rupert Gude