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.

Home Grown Shopping – a treat for the taste buds!

Everything we do here at Simba Farm Lodge is a real family affair and nothing more so than Mama Yoka’s ‘Simba Farm Shop’, which sells all our amazing seasonal produce and even more exotic varieties. Many of our visitors are left in glorious disbelief when they see the size of our fruit and vegetable and taste the flavours; not something they are likely to have sampled in their own countries. This is because of our wonderful ‘recipe’ for cultivation that then translates into delicious food.

It all starts with our incredibly rich soil. Thanks to Mother Nature, living on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro allows us to literally tap into the most incredible volcanic soil. No need to pump it full of fertilizers, or dig and rotovate to within an inch of your life. The climate here is also one of the most forgiving for cultivation, which means we don’t need to use more water than necessary, nor do we need to use artificial light, ever.

Garden Vegetables
Garden Vegetables

Into this we plant only the very best in carefully chosen seeds and home-grown juvenile plants, which have been selected over many years from only the most succulent, sturdy and high-yielding fruit and vegetables to ensure the produce that comes from them is just as good. There are also benefits when come to pest control – unlike most market places in Tanzania, we apply very limited and controlled spraying; ensuring no harm to the plants and better still none to the consumer.

And the last but by no means the least of our ingredients is the genuine love and care that we devote to our produce and customer service. Every living thing responds better to a caring environment and this is also true of our food and perhaps the most common reason that so many people keep coming back to Simba Farm Shop, where the experience is unhurried, the staff knowledgeable and helpful, and the customer always put first.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8:00 to 5:00
Saturday 8:00 12:30
Sunday closed

(And remember we can prepare to orders in advance and even arrange delivery, for a small fee.)

To find out more you can contact us:

Location: google maps
Number: +255(0)787904580

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!

Flower Garden

Colourful Flower Gardens

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature

This is the most beautiful time of the year, when the majority of our gardens are in full bloom.  Take a stroll around the lush green flower gardens and you will see there are numerous different types of indigenous and exotic flowers and trees to admire. This vast diversity of flowers helps to attract a colourful variety of birds and butterflies.

Come and experience the colours for yourself, and don’t forget your binoculars if you want to do some bird or butterfly watching, or simply allow yourself to get lost in the peace and tranquillity of Simba Farm Lodge gardens.

cratering for large groups

Catering for Big Groups

Over the last few weeks we have hosted many guests who have cycled around Mt Kilimanjaro, most of them using Simba Farm Lodge as a finish point for their safari.  Here at Simba Farm Lodge we are able to cater for all events, such as weddings, high teas, group retreats and all sorts of other functions, large and small, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with your requirements!



For more information about functions hosted at Simba Farm Lodge
Contact us: or call +255(0)784687335

tarmac road

Tarmac – New Road

Good news!!!!

The new tarmac road is nearly done! We have been informed that the tarmac road will be completed up to the farm by the end of 2018. This will help our guests and visitors to reach us more easily (and comfortably) and help to cut down on travel time.  It will undoubtedly help with access during the rains too!!

Come and see the new road for yourself!

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.

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!”