is a major town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
Although it would appear to be a logical basecamp for trekkers, the town is not particularly inspiring and has a relatively poor selection of accommodation.
We therefore only include nights here extremely rarely.
For the western routes on Kilimanjaro ... Shira
... we prefer to use one of the higher quality lodges in Arusha
to the west.
For the eastern route on Kilimanjaro ... Rongai
... we use one of the hotels in Marangu
village as a base.