Marangu Hotel, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Photo of Marangu Hotel with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance

Marangu Hotel with Kili in the background

This hotel, on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, stands in beautiful gardens and there are wonderful views of the mountain. The central hotel building was once a farm house, built in the early 1900s. This is a family-run business and definitely the best place to stay if you want to explore the area or climb Kilimanjaro.

There are cottages for visitors in the large gardens, and each has its own character. All rooms have private bathrooms with bath and/or shower. The hotel has a swimming pool and croquet lawn. There is also a comfortable bar and a lounge. The hotel serves fruit and vegetables from its own gardens, and home-baked bread. A range of wines and beers is always available. There is an interesting small shop. There are many walks to be had locally through the surrounding banana and coffee farms, and along the river that borders the hotel on one side.

Address: Marangu Hotel, PO Box 40, Moshi, Tanzania
Tel: +255 27 275 6594/6361

Mountain climbing

View from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Walking on the summit of Kilimanjaro at dawn. Source:

The guides, who work only for Marangu Hotel, are specially trained by the hotel to ensure a safe and rewarding climb, and are internationally recognised for their efficiency. Most of them come from families that have been providing guides for the hotel> for many years, and this traditional partnership is evident in the cheerful, consistent and professional service they provide.


The hotel is a day's drive from Tanzania's famous game parks: the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater. Arrangements can be made for all-inclusive tours to these parks. Day trips to Arusha National Park can also be arranged. The Tanzanian coast, and Zanzibar, are also within reach of Marangu, by road or by air.


The hotel has a campsite close to the main buildings with running water and washing facilities. The swimming pool, bar and restaurant are available to campers. The hotel is happy to look after vehicles and valuables whilst campers are taking part in a Kilimanjaro climb.

Tanzania: General information

Tanzania is famous for the Serengeti, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, white sandy beaches on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar and, of course, Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and it is located just below the equator (between 1°S and 11°45'S). Most of Tanzania has a tropical climate although there are significant regional variations.