One of the public campsites that are located inside the Arusha national park that is open to all - even those not climbing the mountain. It is a tents only campsite, meaning everyone intending to use it must have their own tents, but there are facilities provided in the form of modern toilets, a kitchen and two concrete dining benches.
The toilets are housed inside a separate brick building, with separate sides for men and women - each with modern W.C's, a cold water shower, modern wash basins and a good supply of cold water from higher up the mountain. The kitchen is also housed in a separate brick building, with limited facilities in the form of two kitchen sinks and a concrete counter.
For safety reasons, an armed ranger is provided during the nights and you normally have to report to the Momela gate before using the campsite, where they would give you a key for the camp's facilities along with any other information that might be deemed necessary.
What to do there?
Camp next to a river, hike and explore the surrounding national park and its attractions
. This is the only campsite that is located close to a river valley, thus giving a unique ambience. If feeling up to it, you could hike or drive to Maio waterfalls
and the fig tree arch
, or even the Momela lakes.
If hiking, then it's best to ask for an armed ranger, from Momela gate.Best time to visit?
Any time except for the rainy season of march to July - unless you'd like to spend some time soaked up. A day with clear skies would enable you to get magnificent views of the mountain and Kilimanjaro, along with the rest of the park from higher altitudes.