Altitude: 2720 m.a.m.s.l.
The Mandara huts campsite is an area on mt. Kilimanjaro
that provides overnight accommodation for climbers on the Marangu route
. It is also the first campsite encountered along the route and also one of the few that has cabin accommodation in the form of wooden - A shaped huts that are capable of housing 6 to 8 people each to give a total capacity of about 60 climbers. It also has a mess hall where meals are taken and a ranger's/administration office where all people arriving or leaving the camps are required to register.
Mandara huts campsite also has a separate house for porters and guides. There are no bathroom en-suite rooms are available, the toilets at the campsite are shared, W.C.s located at the middle of the camp, some of the few available on the whole mountain (others being pit latrines). The camp is exclusively used by ascending climbers on the Marangu route, as most descending climbers opt to pass through the camp and continue to the park gates/exit.
As the Marangu route is a no tents required route, the campsite lack sufficient space to pitch tents and despite the presence of the mess hall, most of the meals taken at the campsite have to be carried up the mountain and prepared by porters. The campsite also has a steady supply of water that is supplied by one of the streams on the mountain.