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Sitting at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s Tallest and the World’s Tallest Free-standing Mountain), Moshi, where Born To Learn is based is arguably one of the most scenic locations in Tanzania.

But arriving here in Africa for the first time may be a little daunting for some of us, which is why we’ve specially prepared a list of essential information that will take any volunteer (or visitor) through the preparation and arrival process.

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Travel FAQs

Moshi is one of the biggest cities in Tanzania with over 150,000 inhabitants. It is also the closest city to Mt. Kilimanjaro so the views and surroundings are just amazing. There are all kinds of facilities catered for tourism such as cash machines, internet cafes, swimming pools, cinemas, good restaurants, and good nightlife. It is a safe town, however, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. You are safe during the day but it is recommended to get a taxi after sunset.

Everyone entering Tanzania has to get his Visa. Its cost depends on how many time are you staying. It also depends on the kind of travel (volunteer, tourism, etc).

It is compulsory for you to get Yellow Fewer vaccine with which you will receive a yellow book that you might need while entering Tanzania. There are a range of other vaccinations that may be useful such as Hepatitis, Tetanus and Typhoid, however you need to discuss these with your Doctor.

Malaria is not so common here but it is worthwhile discussing an anti-malarial treatment with your Doctor. The hostel provides a mosquito net on every bed. Insect repellent is also recommended.

We recommend you take out insurance before you come to volunteer just in case. This is something you will need to investigate within your own country.

The three best options of getting here are to fly to Nairobi in Kenya, and to Kilimanjaro or Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

The closest to Moshi is Kilimanjaro Airport, which is approximately 40min drive and it will cost you about 50.000Tsh (25€ or $35). You don’t need to worry. We arrange it for you.

If you come from Nairobi you will have to take an 8 hours bus ride to Moshi for approx 50.000Tsh (25€ or $35). You could check the shuttle companies: Riverside shuttle or Impala shuttle. But we can also arrange that for you so the bus would let you at the door of Karibu hostel.

The third option is flying to Dar es Salaam and catching an 8 hours bus to Moshi. We can arrange that for you as well.

Tanzania is a safe country; however, it is important to be always aware of your surroundings. You are safe during the day but at night we recommend to use taxis to go for dinner, cinema or a night club. Prices anywhere in town from the hostel shouldn’t be more than 3.000Tsh (1,5€ or $2).

You will get breakfast and dinner included during your stay at the Karibu Hostel.

A full breakfast with coffee or tea, seasonal fruits, toast with jam or honey, pancakes… will give you the strength to go to your project. We also offer a large variety of meals and vegetarian dishes for dinner. You can grab lunch at your project or in town for a really cheap price. In Moshi there are good restaurants where you could have Italian, Indian, Chinese cuisine or typical African dishes.

The life style is reasonably cheap in Tanzania. Here are few examples of prices in Moshi: a taxi ride anywhere in town 3.000Tsh, 1hour internet access 1.000Tsh, bottle of beer from 1.500Tsh, bottle of water (1,5l) 1.000Tsh, food from 500Tsh up to 10.000Tsh in the most expensive restaurants, Dala Dala ride (local bus) 300Tsh anywhere in town, one banana 20Tsh, swimming pool 3.000Tsh, cinema 3.000Tsh, to buy a sim card approx 2.000Tsh and a new telephone approx 35.000Tsh.

(1.000Tsh ≈ 0’40€ / $0’45)

There are two main seasons here, the rainy and the dry seasons.

The rain season is between April and May, but it mainly rains at night times so it’s not a big deal. The climate is just perfect as temperatures various between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius most part of the year.

You will find free Wifi access at the Karibu Hostel. There are also few internet cafes with reasonable prices, but it’s safe to bring your own laptop and get wireless internet from one of the mobile companies where a USB stick will cost you approx 40.000Tsh.

The Tanzanian electrical plug is the British 3 square prong plug. Most people feel comfortable to bring ipods, phones, laptops etc and use them at the hostel.

It is recommended to bring with you mosquito repellent, sun cream, swimming costume and googles, first aid kit and ear plugs. The rest is up to you. We can give you some ideas such as sunglasses, head torch, hat, long trousers, fleece, US dollars printed after 2003 etc…

Ladies, Tanzania is quite a conservative society so please respect this by not wearing shorts or skirts above the knee or anything too revealing.

Activities FAQs

Serengeti National Park, The Crater of Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Arusha N.P and Lake Manyara are some of the game parks close to Moshi. Once you get to Tanzania it is always recommended for you to visit the safaris, no matter how expensive it may be.
The experience is akin to being in your own National Geographic documentary, simply amazing! The price can be around 165$ a day, if you share the Land Cruiser with at least 5 people. Otherwise, be prepared to pay more. We always try to help our guests to arrange for groups and share the costs.

Serengeti National Park, The Crater of Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Arusha N.P and Lake Manyara are some of the game parks close to Moshi. Once you get to Tanzania it is always recommended for you to visit the safaris, no matter how expensive it may be.

The experience is akin to being in your own National Geographic documentary, simply amazing! The price can be around 165$ a day, if you share the Land Cruiser with at least 5 people. Otherwise, be prepared to pay more. We always try to help our guests to arrange for groups and share the costs.

The coasts and the islands in Tanzania are just paradisaical. Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, Kipangani, Peponi and Tanga are just some examples. Blue turquoise water and white sand beaches with reggae vibes are perfect spots to chill and have a good time. Diving in these waters is something you should experience too!

Hunting with the bushmen or staying and dancing with the Masai tribesmen are also a must-do here in Moshi! Alternatively, visits to the Lakes and coffee plantations will also offer you a different perspective on Tanzania. Here in Moshi, there’s an abundance of activities that you can immerse yourself in, as long as you are willing to seek them out.

If you like swimming, bring your own goggles, they don’t sell them in Moshi
Bring also earplugs (it can be a little noisy sometimes)
Do not forget mosquito repellents and sunscreens
Bring some US$ to pay for the visa and the safari (if you are planing to do so)

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