The Malisa Experience

High adventure climbing Kilimanjaro -  

and a taste of real Africa

The Malisa African village experience


My wife Ester and I live in a bungalow in the village of Kidia, off the beaten track but half-an-hour from the town of Moshi.   Living as our guest is part of The Malisa Experience, although we can arrange hotel accommodation if you prefer.  

Kidia lies in forest around 1,200 metres (4,000 feet) up in the Kilimanjaro foothills, with the mountain clearly visible at certain points.

Village life is centred on Kidia Lutheran Church, a legacy of the German missionaries who came here in the 19th century.  In its grounds are giant bells cast in Germany 100 years ago.

Services regularly attract 300-400 people. A warm welcome awaits if you wish to join them if you are in the village on Sunday.

In our home we do not promise hotel standards. We are simple people. You will live as we live. But cleanliness, comfort and good food are our criteria.  Six guests are the ideal number but we are flexible.

Food, much it sourced from our garden, and organic, includes  bananas (both sweet and eaten as a vegetable), avocados, mangoes, rice, pasta, the African maize staple ugali, fresh eggs from our chickens (and fresh chicken from our free-range flock), fish from Lake Victoria, etc. And, of course, coffee and tea from the slopes of Kilimanjaro, plus the local Kilimanjaro beer.

A recent guest – a family doctor from Oxford, England – said our diet was extremely healthy:  lots of carbohydrate, protein, vegetables, fresh fruit, etc, and a noted absence of the fatty food that plagues the Western diet and has led to the obesity explosion and high incidence of heart disease and cancer.

Toilet and washing facilities are basic and not what you will be used to.  But our absolute priority is cleanliness and hygiene.  Bedrooms are simple but comfortable.  There are no mosquitos in Kidia.

Our aim is to treat you as FRIENDS AND HONOURED GUESTS – to offer you hospitality and friendship, guided by our Christian values. If on treks you have stayed in bunkhouses or hostels, you should not find the accommodation untoward.