Machame gate

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Machame gate of Kilimanjaro national park, a view from inside the gate compound on a rainy day [1]
Machame gate of Kilimanjaro national park, a view from inside the gate compound on a rainy day [1]


Altitude: 1800 m.a.m.s.l.

The Machame gate is an entry point into mount Kilimanjaro national park that lies on the southern foothills of the mountain. The gate is also the location of several offices of the park authorities (TANAPA), thus serving as an administrative starting point for all hikers intending to use the Machame trekking route to get to the summit. Normally, all Climbers on this route would be required to complete necessary registration at the gate before beginning their climb or entering the park.

As the Machame route is used for ascent only, the gate is exclusively used by hikers going in to the park.

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Location of Machame gate

The Machame gate is situated in the remote suburb of Machame, at the southern foothills of mount Kilimanjaro; However, despite its location, the roads that lead up to the gate are all paved, making the journey to the area easy regardless of the vehicle used. There are a few scattered houses in the area around but any large shops would be hard to find nearby.

The gate also lies at the edge of the actual montane forest belonging to the park but the area outside it is still filled with trees, courtesy of the strict laws against deforestation that are present in the area. The area does also receive high amounts of rainfall throughout the year and there are a few hotels nearby for ease of accommodation before the climb. The next destination after this (assuming you are going into the park) is the Machame hut campsite

Abbreviationsm.a.m.s.l. - metres above mean sea level
TANAPA - Tanzania National Park Authorities

References1. By BerotBurns - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29944994 - accessed on 29th october, 2017

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