Exploring Arusha & Moshi

Accommodation – Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel (Budget Hotel)

Kikuletwa Hot Springs

Arusha National Park

Lake Chala

Town Tour

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”—@AnthonyBourdain

My trip to Tanzania was all about rejuvenation. I love Nairobi and everything about it but sometimes you need a new environment to think clearer, broaden your mind and get a better perspective of what life looks like outside our little bubble. My stay in Arusha provided the perfect setting for this.

Travelling has always provided a means for me to get way whenever I feel overwhelmed or uninspired and rather than waiting for an opportunity to fall down from heaven, I decided to take the initiative to travel alone. I love travel companies because they remove the hustle of organizing for a trip and Green Rangers Safaris provided the perfect solution for this.  It was budget travel at its best and the experience, the people I met, the book I was reading ‘Mastery of love…’ and the gorgeous landscapes gave me so much life during my travels.

Here are a few things I loved about Moshi and Arusha that I randomly jotted down in my diary:

  • There are sunflowers fields everywhere! This made the bus ride so serene as I soaked up all the beauty. Tanzania is one country among others in the world producing sunflower oilseeds for raw materials in processing cholesterol-free edible cooking.
  • Untouched nature and beautiful landscapes on the way to Moshi. The difference between the Kenyan landscape and Tanzania’s was so stark. Our roads are lined with wooden kiosks, businesses and savannah all the way from Emali to the border whereas the road from the border to Moshi is all lush and green. What gives?
  • Bananas for days! I thought I was in Uganda for a second.
  • The view of the lights from the houses on Kilimanjaro made it appear like low hanging stars because they are so high up.
  • The view of the mountain in cloud cover 😊 It looks like heaven peeking through.
  • The view of Mt.Kilimanjaro on a clear day! Even more amazing!
  • Kikuletwa Hot Springs was the best! It is a gorgeous hidden paradise. The blue water and green leaves sparkle under the sun. It was like a watering hole where we all gathered as one to enjoy the beauty. I found a little hidden cove surrounded by palm trees and floated for two hours straight. The water is crystal clear so carry a pair of goggles for that incomparable scene underneath.
  • I loved the Arusha National Park – All green and gorgeous! The view of Kilimanjaro was like no other. The only sad thing was that the trees concealed the animals, or maybe our timing was wrong. Visit the park maybe and confirm for me.
  • The concept of borders is so funny! – cross a Gate and you’re in another country. Why Colonizers? why?
  • Our random town tour of Moshi was pretty chilled out. The town is very idyllic and slow especially since we were walking around on a Sunday morning.
  • Lake Chala was a vibe! That view of the Lake from the top of the hill was so beautiful! My pictures don’t do it justice at all! The hike down to the bottom of the lake was also very exciting (scary if you have the wrong shoes) and totally worth it for the view!

God made this beautiful earth in seven days! Please let that sink in!

My mission is to explore His earth as much as I can and to capture all the beauty to inspire you to do the same.

Thank you so much for reading,

Love and Love,

Lyra Aoko

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