Kili Trails 2020: Thank You!

We want to thank everyone who came out to Kilimanjaro Trails Festival 2020!  It was all of you who made the inaugural event a success. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and that you’ll mark your calendars for next year:

05 – 07 February, 2021

We would also like to thank KINAPA, Tanzania Forestry, and Enduimet WMA for so graciously hosting our runners and cyclists.  To all the food, drink and bike vendors who came out to support Kili Trails, we appreciate your involvement and look forward to long (and delicious) relationships.

We especially want to thank Air Excel for sponsoring our live music this year. And thanks to Jibu Water for keeping us hydrated throughout our various trail activities.

Stay tuned for more information concerning the 2021 event, as well as for our 2020 race results. Make sure you and your friends are subscribed to our email list to be the first to hear news of Kili Trails 2021.

Kilimanjaro Trails Festival


Red Knot Racing and Simba Farm Lodge are happy to announce the first annual Kilimanjaro Trails Festival! Kili Trails is a weekend of trail running, mountain biking, camping, live music and more on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, 31 January – 02 February, 2020.

Registration is open!!


Kili Trails is intended to be a festival experience and not a competitive race atmosphere. All finishers will receive medals, and fastest finishers will be recognized — but no winner prizes will be awarded.

Note: Kili Trails Half and Kili Trails XCM are for experienced runners and cyclists. Rafiki Run is for children and Kafupi MTB for children and/or beginners. Athletic endeavors (even) on the (lower) slopes of Kilimanjaro (necessarily) include climbing, and are therefore challenging — regardless of the distance covered.

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change.

  • 08:00 Kili Trails XCM (80K MTB)
    • The XCM will be a challenging event, and is intended for experienced cyclists.
  • 09:00 Forest Trails 15K Run
  • 13:00 Rafiki Fun Run (1 mi)
  • 14:00 Kafupi 15K MTB
  • 16:00 Swala 5K Run
  • 08:30 Simba Farm MTB (30K)
  • 09:30 Kili Trails Half Marathon Run (21K)
    • The Half takes place on Mount Kilimanjaro, with running up to 4000 meters in elevation, and is NOT for beginners or PB-seekers.
    • Registration includes park fees and all transport between Simba Farm and the race start / finish inside Kilimanjaro National Park.
    • This event requires early morning departure from Simba Farm.


The Simba Farm event village boasts quality food and drink vendors, basic seating areas, and various activities throughout the weekend. Additionally, participants are permitted to bring their own food and drinks.

Secure campsites will be available, complete with toilet and shower facilities, for TZS 20,000/= per adult per night if purchased online in advance (25,000/= on site) One child (16 or under) may camp free of charge with each paying adult. Camp fees are payable by all overnight guests in addition to any race registration fees.

Do you need a ride to Simba Farm? Would you like a tent, mattress and sleeping bag set up and ready for you when you arrive? Kili Trails is proud to have Ahsante Tours as our official supplier for both transport and camping. Email Ahsante to arrange for camp setup or transport from Moshi, Arusha, or Kilimanjaro Airport.

Do you prefer a bed to camping? Check out some great nearby options for accommodation:
• Ndarakwai Ranch (30 min drive)
• House of West Kili (45+ min drive)

Non-overnight guests are welcome to join the festivities for a day entry fee of TZS 10,000 per adult (17 & over) with advance online registration (15,000/= on site). One child (16 or under) may gain entry free of charge with each paying adult. Day entry fees are not required of anyone registered for a race or camping.

Cooordinates for Simba Farm: -2.986631, 37.084205


Kili Trails will feature live music for all and a kids’ zone with various activities and games for children. And we’re still working on more fun!


Kilimanjaro Trails is pleased to announce we have partnered with Tanzanian NGO One World Sustainable Livelihoods to assist resource-poor smallholder farmers across Tanzania. 25% of all 2020 profits go directly to agriculture development work in country.

Hosting K2N Mountain Biking Royalty

Hosting K2N Mountain Biking Royalty

All of us at Simba Farm Lodge were thrilled to offer rest and relaxation to the stars of this year’s Kilimanjaro 2 Natron (K2N) race. K2N is a four-day mountain bike race in the scenic and seldom travelled hinterland of northern Tanzania. Cyclists race four stages across stunning landscapes, from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to the shores of Lake Natron, offering spectacular wildlife viewing and the opportunity the racers to experience our fantastic culture.

We were delighted to give the racers a taste of our exceptional Tanzanian hospitality here on the farm during their stay, in particular our home-grown food (particularly the baking) went down a treat. In the time the racers had with us, off the saddle, they delighted in the whole farm experience and getting to feel right at home. In return we got to know and see some of the best-known racers and photographers in mountain biking today! With 19 riders from 7 countries it was something exciting for us too. For those of you in the know Cannondale rider Tinker won stages 1, 2, and 4. Trevor of KTM won stage 3.

We also hosted the support team including Tim Ellerbeck who writes for Mountain Bike (magazine) SA and race director Brett Harrison who founded Kilimanjaro 2 Natron MTB Stage Race to fund agriculture development. Brett explained to us that K2N’s commitment to serving local farmers is a key reason the race exists, and their partnership with Tanzanian organization One World Sustainable Livelihood (OWSL) assists resource-poor smallholder farmers across the country. A few of the projects Brett and OWSL are responsible for include:

  • Conservation agriculture
  • Nitrogen-fixing legumes for improved fallows
  • Beekeeping
  • Tilapia farming
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Kitchen gardens

Bearing in mind here at Simba Farm Lodge we are all about sustainability this event was a perfect match for us to be a part of, and we look forward to doing it all again next year!

planting seasons

Planting for the Long Rains

We have started planting for the long rains again.\nStill waiting for the rains really to get started though.\nEvery year for the long rains we plant around 3000 acres of Beans, Wheat and Barley.\n\nEveryone gets together and helps to get the crops planted.


New Road Directions

How to find us

From Arusha to the farm will take you approximately 2 hours to get to Simba Farm Lodge.

From Moshi to the farm will take you appromimately 1 1/2 hours to get to Simbs Farm Lodge.

From Arusha, drive towards Moshi and go past the KIA (Kilimanjaro International Airport) turn off. When you reach Boma N’gombe, there will be sign for Sanya Juu to the left. Turn left on the road to Sanya Juu road.

Stay on this road for approximately 50km. It will take you all the way to the farm. Follow the road past Sanya Juu town; when the tarmac ends the farm is about 25km away.

After 20km on the dirt road you will see a sign that says “Kambi Ya Tembo” pointing to the left. Drive straight past the “Kambi Ya Tembo” sign for another 1.5km.

Then you will turn left at a concrete sign that says “Simba Farm”, you can’t miss it. The entrance gate to the farm will be ahead on your right.

There is a lot of road maintenance going on, the Chinese are putting down a tarmac road. Therefore, all our signs have been taken away.

When you get to the second river follow the bypass and keep to the left until you get to a sharp fork. Take the right road going up the hill (don’t take the right it goes to another village). You follow the bypass until you get a tree avenue (big trees) on your right hand side. A small sign is hanging in the tree, turn right and follow the left road of the tree avenue and you drive straight up towards the farm house/lodge. 

Fresh Farm Meals

Fresh Farm Meals

What more do you want!!!!  Sitting in beautiful lush green gardens & enjoying a homemade farm meal with a majority of the produce come from the farm.
Three course meal for 30,000/- per person only kids 5 under for free and 6 to 13 half price.

book in advance  call 0784 687335 or email

Simba Farm Lodge, is a prefect family location where your kids are welcome to run around. You can also enjoy walking/hiking around the farm.




You can find us on a new App called ‘iOverlander’ for a campsite/lodge location in West Kilimanjaro.

All information regarding the lodge and campsite can be found, as well as our GPS coordinates and directions.

You can find us on a new App called ‘iOverlander’ for a campsite/lodge location in West Kilimanjaro



Electricity: Yes – At Sites
Internet: Yes – Average
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Hot
Water: Potable
Restroom: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: No
Karibu for Lunch at Simba Farm Lodge

Karibu for Lunch at Simba Farm Lodge

Lunch Banda

Karibu Sana to join us at Simba Farm Lodge for an afternoon and enjoy fresh tasty farm lunch in our beautiful lush gardens!!


This year we have opened a lunch banned with a simple Menu!

Prices range from 6,000/- to 15,000/-

All items on the menu are made from all our farm products


Call: +255 (0) 784 687 335 or email: for more information!


Child friendly location!!!!!!


Simba Farm food


Road Trip Tanzania

Road Trip Tanzania

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TRADE MISSION for potatoes

TRADE MISSION for potatoes

Simba Farm is excited to host the TRADE MISSION for potatoes on the farm on the 16th June 2016.

Showing them around the farm and hosting the mission for a lovely home made farm meal, before they head of to the next farm visit.

“TRADE MISSION | Minister Van Dam is visiting Arusha on 15 and 16 June! He will sign an agreement between Tanzania and the Netherlands on the conditions of importing seed potatoes. The visit marks the start of a 5 day potato trade mission to the Southern Highland (Mbeya, Njombe, Iringa) where Dutch companies will explore concrete business opportunities. We keep you updated!”