Kilimanjaro International Airport
is halfway between Moshi and Arusha . A taxi between Moshi and the airport should cost around US$40-50 or arrange for one of the tour operators or your hotel to organize a shuttle. Kilimanjaro Aero Club, based at Moshi Airport, T027-275 0555, www.kiliman jaroaeroclub.com, can arrange charter flights, sightseeing flights and flying lessons.
Bus and dala-dala
Moshi is 580 km from Dar, 79 km from Arusha and 349 km from Nairobi. Local buses and dala-dala to nearby destinations like Marangu and Arusha cost little more than US$1 and go from the stand just to the south of the main bus stand, which are both on Market St. There are daily buses to and from Dar, US$18 ‘luxury’, US$12 ‘semi-luxury’ and US$9 ‘ordinary’ which take about 7 hrs and stop for 20 mins at one of the roadside restaurants en route. The road has improved considerably. For Tanga the bus takes 4-6 hrs and costs US$10. It is possible to get a direct bus to Mombasa, cost approximately US$13, 7-8 hrs. These go through the Taveta border, on to Voi in Kenya where they join the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa. Take lots of care at the bus stands as pick pocketing is rife and you need to protect your belongings. On arrival its best just to jump straight in a taxi as soon as you get off the bus. The hustlers, who try to get people on to their buses can be particularly annoying too.
Regular dala-dala to Marangu, 45 mins, US$3. A taxi will cost in the region of US$25, whilst those who organize a climb in Moshi will be transferred to the park gate by their tour operator.
There are private shuttle services to Nairobi via Arusha and the Namanga border. Impala Shuttle, Kibo Rd, T027-275 1786, departs daily for Nairobi at 0630 and 1130, US$40. Riverside Shuttle, THB House, T027-275 0093, www.riverside- shuttle.com, departs daily at 0630 and 1100, US$40. AA Shuttles, http://www.aashuttles.com, picks up and drops off at the hotels and leaves Moshi at 1100, US$40, and on request it will pick up/drop off at the Marangu Hotel at 0800, US$70.
A taxi to Marangu will cost in the region of US$25, whilst those who organize a climb in Moshi will be transferred to the park gate by their tour operator.