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Protea Hotel Aishi Machame.
  Aishi Machame
Getting there
Aishi Machame is a 30-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ), 15 minutes from Moshi and 1.5 hours from Arusha.
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Aishi Machame
Protea Hotel Aishi Machame offers good hotel standard in a quiet and beautiful area outside Moshi in Tanzania, some kilometres/miles from Machame Gate, i.e. the entrance into Kilimanjaro National Park where mountain climbs along the Machame route start.

The 30 rooms are neat, and the restaurant is both ambitious and very good. The hotel also has a bar and a nice hotel garden for strolls. The garden swimming pool is heated.

The standard of the hotel, the quiet atmosphere and the surroundings allowing for light walks makes Aishi Machame a good hotel for acclimatizing before and rest after a Kilimanjaro climb.

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Equipment to rent
A climb operator has its office in the hotel, and also has climbing equipment to rent. A horse ranch not very far from the hotel offers both horse riding in the area and full horseback safaris.

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Wildlife and safaris
You can't expect much wildlife around the hotel, as the region is populated, and the hotel isn't really close enough to Kilimanjaro National Park for animals from there to pass by. Monkeys may be seen (black-and-white colobus monkeys are sometimes seen in the area), as well as birds. We have for example seen palmnut vulture in the hotel garden.

Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is situated a 1–1.5-hour drive west of the hotel, and it's a suitable park for a day tour. It has a number of different biotopes, ranging from freshwater and soda lakes to grassland and mountain forest. There is also a high mountain, Mount Meru, 4,566 m/14,980 ft. Mainly herbivores, monkeys and birds are seen. Zebras, buffalos, waterbucks and giraffes are often spotted, and it's a park where you can be fairly sure to see bushbucks at close range. Elephants and red duikers are harder to spot. The park is known for its population of black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Because of the mix of habitats, there's a lot to see for birders. Some of the fine species we have seen are crowned eagle, lanner falcon, Levaillant's cuckoo, Hartlaub's turaco and narina trogon.

Aishi Machame is, like the rest of the hotels in Moshi, further away from Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the other main parks of northern Tanzania than Arusha, and is therefore not really an option for safari-goers spending a night in connection with their flights to or from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ). A better choice for such a stay is a hotel in Arusha or KIA Lodge next to the airport.

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