Camp

Machame Camp

The first camp on the popular Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania
Location
June to October
Best Time to Visit
2,980 m
Altitude

About Machame Camp

Machame Camp is the initial overnight stop for trekkers tackling Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, one of the most popular and scenic paths to the summit. Located at an altitude of approximately 2,980 meters (9,780 feet) above sea level, this camp offers hikers their first real taste of the mountain's diverse ecosystems. The journey to Macha...

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Optimal conditions for trekking with dry weather and clear visibility.
June - October
December - February
High Season
Clear skies and minimal precipitation make for ideal climbing conditions.
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
The trek to Machame Camp is generally safe under the guidance of experienced operators. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and malaria prophylaxis are recommended for travelers to Tanzania.
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 journey to Machame Camp begins at the Machame Gate, accessible by road from Moshi or Arusha. Trekkers will start their ascent through the rainforest to reach the camp by late afternoon.
Getting Around
Movement within and beyond Machame Camp is on foot, with each trekker carrying a day pack while porters transport the bulk of the camping gear and supplies.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania need a visa, obtainable on arrival or online through the eVisa system, ensuring access to Kilimanjaro National Park and the Machame Route.
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