Altitude: 3040 m.a.m.s.l.
The met station campsite of mount Kenya is the first campsite encountered while climbing the mountain using the Naro moru route. It is also the location of a meteorological station and one of the few campsites that are accessible by road, with a dirt track that ends at it's location.
Climbers at the campsite have the choice of either using the cabins for accommodation, that are privately owned and run by the Naro moru river lodge. These are dormitory style wooden houses with bunk beds in each room capable of accommodating up to 20 people, with toilets being external latrines. There is no food available thus everyone using the camp has to bring their own food, but there is a good supply of cold water available from several taps.
Apart from the cabins, climbers at the camp can also sleep in their own tents and the camp is open to those climbing the mountain, as well as those seeking to just spend a night out in the wild without trekking. Either way, you would have to pay park fees as well as book in advance.
Most of the people you would see at the campsite would be either those headed up the mountain to Mackinder's camp or those on their last day of the trek, headed down to the Naro moru gate.
Location of Meteorological station campsiteThe met station campsite is located inside mount Kenya's rainforest zone, albeit just about a kilometre shy of the edge and the start of the heathland zone of the mountain. From here, the next campsite would depend on the route you are on, with the Mackinder's campsite being next if you are on the standard Naro moru route.
Rainy days are a common sight at this camp, thus make sure you have waterproofing (clothes, tents etc). Animals you most likely would see include monkeys and birds.