Umbwe gate

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

Umbwe gate is an entry point into mount Kilimanjaro national park that is located in the southern foothills of the mountain. It exclusively serves as the starting for the Umbwe trekking route to the summit of the mountain, an ascent only route that is less used compared to others like the Marangu route. The route's descent goes through Mweka gate.

Due to its low usage, the gate and its facilities are small in size, including the office for the park authorities (TANAPA), the compound and even the actual gate itself. The gate also serves as an administrative point for the park authorities as any persons going into the park must first register at the gate and also prove that they have an itinerary, a guide belonging to a tour company and equipment for their entire duration inside the park.

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Location of Umbwe gate

The Umbwe gate lies in the southern foothills of mount Kilimanjaro and in the rural neighbourhood of Umbwe. There area around it is sparsely populated, with a few scattered houses, most of which have small farms next to them. The actual gate is inside the rain forest zone of the mountain, albeit just about a hundred metres from the edge.

There is a small hotel nearby, but any good shops would be hard to find in the area, so make sure you have all that you need before getting there. At the time of writing, the road that leads up to the gate is unpaved, but well maintained. Most people going through this gate would be headed to Umbwe cave camp which is the first campsite on the route

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

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