We have arrived at MOshi yesterday and set up shop in the Springlands Hotel. It is a small dusty town, pretty much set up to service hikers and safari-takers. We could see the mountain last afternoon, currently it is shrouded in clouds. We are starting our trek tomorrow morning, and will be back after 8 days on the mountain on the Lemosho route (www.zaratravel.com for details). The bus we took from Dar was OK, not a bad experience at all.
We will update our log and post photos when we get back to MOshi (hopefully, the connection here is a bit slow).
p.s. no animal sightings yet, except a herd of goats on the way to the hotel...