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Kilimanjaro National Park - Machame Gate

The starting point for the scenic Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania
Location
June to October
Best Time to Visit
1,800 m
Altitude

About Kilimanjaro National Park - Machame Gate

The Machame Gate is the entryway to the Machame Route, one of the most popular and scenic paths to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Located on the southwestern side of Kilimanjaro, the gate sits at an altitude of approximately 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea level. This route, also known as the "Whiskey Route," is favored...

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Optimal conditions for trekking with dry weather and clear visibility.
June - October
High Season
Dry weather, offering the best conditions for climbing.
March - May
Low Season
The rainy season can make the trek more challenging due to slippery paths and colder temperatures at higher altitudes.
November - February
Shoulder Season
Short rains may occur, but the route is less crowded, offering a more solitary experience.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Climbing Kilimanjaro presents certain risks; however, with proper preparation and a licensed guide, it's a safe adventure. Recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and malaria prophylaxis.
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
Machame Gate is accessible by road from Moshi town, which is the nearest major town to Kilimanjaro National Park. Most climbing expeditions arrange transportation from Moshi or Arusha to the gate.
Getting Around
The journey from Machame Gate is on foot, as climbers embark on the multi-day trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro following the Machame Route.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania, including those climbing Kilimanjaro, require a visa, which can be obtained on arrival or online through the eVisa system, allowing for entry into the national park.
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