Machame Hut campsite


Altitude: 3026 m.a.m.s.l.

The Machame hut campsite is an overnight camping area that is located along the Machame trekking route of mount Kilimanjaro. It also is the first camp that is encountered on the route after entering the park through Machame gate. As the Machame route is only for ascent, the camp is exclusively used by those that are headed to the summit, after which the route's descent goes through Mweka hut before finally exiting though Mweka gate. The name hut comes from its location, which also used to be the location of an old metallic ranger's hut that was present since the earlier days of the park.

Machame hut is a tents only campsite, as there are no cabins or built structures for accommodation, instead all people intending to use it for the night would be required to bring their own tents. There are tow type of toilets onsite, one of which is the old style long drop pit latrines and the other is the recently built W.C toilets that use water from one of the nearby streams. There also is a wooden house at the middle of the camp that serves as the new accommodation for the camp's ranger as well as a registration point for any one entering the campsite.

Location of Machame Hut campsite

Machame hut campsite is located in the lower south western slopes of mount Kilimanjaro and surrounded by its thick montane forest. The area receives a lot of rainfall, but is not as windy as other locations high up in the mountain. Most people arriving at this campsite would be coming from the Machame gate and heading to either the Shira cave or Shira 2 campsites on the next day. The area also has a lot of the smaller forest animals, but none of the big game ones which can only be found at the lower altitudes and on the northern side of the mountain.

Abbreviations m.a.m.s.l. - metres above mean sea level
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