I could not be more happy with Springlands Hotel and Zara tour staff! From the beginning, they were extremely helpful in organizing everything, from bus rides to and from Nairobi, as well as a good hotel in Nairobi to stay the night when we landed. Everyone does everything possible to help even in a situation - we had troubles getting out of Nairobi because of a fire at the airport, and Zara staff organized for us a pickup and hotel in Nairobi at a moment's notice. The employees are people you can trust with your life.
The food was very decent, different every day, and a friendly chef who will even make specialized meals upon request. There is a nice outdoor eating and drinking area where waiters come with menus and have a sign to pay system to make payments easy so you don't have to carry around cash the whole time. There is free wifi throughout the hotel, but it fades out in some of the rooms.
The rooms are fine, enough to provide a great night's sleep after a long week on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It has your mosquito netted beds, hot showers, and the works - nothing overly luxurious, but sufficient. The cleaning ladies do a great job, and quickly.
They can organize trips to Moshi town that you should definitely take advantage of. You can get a tour guide or just explore by yourself, since the city is very safe. The shuttle bus is something like 1 dollar each way.
We rented ski poles, sleeping bags, and gloves from Zara for the climb. The poles and gloves were fine, the sleeping bags were a little thin but not unbearable. Our guide was wonderful and we all became close by the end of the trip. I recommend without a doubt Zara for anyone who wants to climb Kili!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Springlands Hotel, located on the Southern slopes of Kilimanjaro near Moshi in Tanzania, is the ideal base for mountain walking trips and safaris to Kilimanjaro and all Northern Tanzanian National Parks. Our hotel offers excellent value and high quality at competitive rates. It has a large swimming pool, an airy dining area set in pleasant gardens, and indoor and outdoor bars. The rooms have spacious en-suite facilities with showers, mosquito netting, and fans. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Springlands Hotel Moshi, Tanzania - Kilimanjaro