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Kilimanjaro National Park - Mweka Gate

Primary descent route for Kilimanjaro trekkers, offering lush landscapes.

Tanzania
Location
Year-round
Best Time to Visit
1,640 m
Altitude

About Kilimanjaro National Park - Mweka Gate

The Mweka Gate is one of the main exit points for climbers descending from Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, located in Tanzania. Situated on the southern side of the mountain, the Mweka Route is exclusively used for descending and is known for its steep path that winds through the mountain's lush montane rainforest. This route offers ...

When to go

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Ideal for those seeking stable weather and the best visibility for their trek.
June - October
December - February
High Season
Dry conditions make descent safer and more enjoyable.
November - March
Shoulder Season
Short rains, with the landscape vibrant and the route less crowded.
March - May
Low Season
The wet season offers lush scenery but challenging wet conditions.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Descending via Mweka Gate is generally safe with a guide. Standard vaccinations for Tanzania, including Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, are recommended, alongside malaria prophylaxis and altitude sickness precautions.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The Mweka Gate is accessed by descending from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, with routes like Machame and Lemosho using this path for the descent.
Getting Around
The descent to Mweka Gate is done on foot, with porters and guides assisting climbers throughout the journey.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania, including those trekking Kilimanjaro, require a visa, obtainable on arrival or through the online eVisa system, ensuring access to the national park and its gates.
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