Best Hidden Spots to see Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - African Impact Blog

When you first land in Moshi, of course the first thing you want to see is the famous Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest peak in Africa!), and with good reason – she looks over Moshi beautifully and takes over the whole landscape at sunrise and sunset. There are great places to catch glimpses of ‘Kili’ (affectionately nicknamed by all who have seen her) all around Moshi, but sometimes the best spots are the most hidden ones…

Here is a list of 6 best hidden spots where you’ll get good views of the mountain known as ‘The Roof of Africa’, Mount Kilimanjaro.

View of Kilimanjaro from the Hot Springs

View of Kilimanjaro from the Hot Springs

1. The Railway Bar

This gem of a bar is situated in an old colonial railway station, which from the outside looks like a rundown building. But, venture past the ticket office and through the passenger tunnel, and you’ll come across a scattering of plastic chairs and tables over unused rail tracks. Aim to arrive at around 5pm, set up camp, grab a cold drink and settle down for a picturesque sunset overlooking both Mwenzi Peak and Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you’re lucky, a guy with a bucket of roasted peanuts will be roaming around – top off the view with a couple of triangles of nuts wrapped in newspaper.

2. On your way to class whilst volunteering

Every morning Monday – Thursday, the African Impact team head down into Msaranga community to deliver free Kiswahili lessons to a group of Maasai guards, and free English lessons to nursery children and community members. With energetic morning tunes blaring in the van, we are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful views of Kilimanjaro as she wakes up…

3. Selig Rooftop

A local 6-storey hotel, Selig lends itself to perfect views of Kilimanjaro because it’s hidden at the top of Moshi town far away from the other hotels and bars. Not only is the view free of other buildings, but the drinks and food menu is reasonably priced. It also offers a great view of Moshi town, which extends out to the Blue Mountains south of Moshi. Not many visitors know about this place, so often you’ll find you have the whole rooftop to yourself!

View of Kilimanjaro from Selig

View of Kilimanjaro from Selig

4. Wakipa Womens Group in Sango

‘Wakipa’ means ‘Women of Kilimanjaro Together’, and is made up of 13 women from Sango (rural Moshi). They host local evenings in one of the women’s’ homes (including an amazing buffet meal) for people who are interested in learning more about the Tanzanian culture. The area of Sango is very flat with few trees, so as you pull up to their home for an evening – the view of Kilimanjaro never disappoints. Combine this with enjoying a huge local meal with a group of amazing, welcoming women and you will have a great evening.

5. On your way to the Hot Springs

While you’re volunteering with African Impact, you will have your weekends off to explore Moshi and the surrounding area. One of our volunteers’ favorite day trips is to Chemka Hot Springs, a clear, fresh water spring found under a huge tree in the plains surrounding Moshi. If you’re on the road to the Hot Springs early morning or early evening – prepare yourself for a breath-taking view of Kili.

View of Kilimanjaro from the Hot Springs

View of Kilimanjaro from the Hot Springs

6. From the plane

Seeing Kilimanjaro in all her glory is great from the ground, but if you can try to book a plane that lands into Kilimanjaro airport around 5PM or 9AM, you’ll maximize your chances of seeing Kilimanjaro from above – and trust us, this is not something you want to miss! It almost feels like you could step out of the plane straight onto the top…

View of Kilimanjaro from the airplane

View of Kilimanjaro from the airplane

Karibu sana to Moshi! A picture can tell a million words but, of course, the best way to see Mt Kilimanjaro is with your own eyes!