Accommodation while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is either in tents set up at public campsites on the mountain or in huts and everything is pretty much basic. There are three forms of accommodation on the mountain namely, tents, huts, and caves. The majority of the routes use tents as the preferred way of accommodation apart from the Marangu route which is the only route that you will entirely use huts to sleep in. At the Marangu route, tents are not allowed or used. Caves are an old way of accommodation that was used in the past before structures were erected on Mount Kilimanjaro. Caves are no longer in use and are forbidden by the park regulations. The other routes, namely, Shira, Rongai, Machame, Northern Circuit, Umbwe, Western Breach, Lemosho and Kilema biking route, use camping accommodation.

Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro and the tents.

It is the duty of the porters to carry your tents. Every morning on Mount Kilimanjaro, the porters pack and carry your tents through the rest of the day, then finding the designated campsites according to your route to pitch camp and prepare your evening meals and bathwater before you arrive at the campsite after your trek for the day.

Kilimanjaro campsites

  1. Kikelelwa Campsite
  2. Kibo Huts Campsite
  3. Kibo Crater Campsite
  4. Karanga Hut Campsite
  5. Arrow Glacier Campsite
  6. Barafu Hut campsite
  7. Barranco Campsite
  8. Machame Hut Campsite
  9. Mandara Huts campsites
  10. Mawenzi Tarn Campsite
  11. Millenium Campsite
  12. Moir’s Hut Campsite
  13. Mti Mkubwa Campsite
  14. Mweka hut Campsite
  15. Pofu campsite
  16. School huts Campsite
  17. Second cave Campsite
  18. Third Cave Camp
  19. Shira 1 Campsite
  20. Shira 2 Campsite
  21. Shira Cave Campsite
  22. Umbwe Cave Camp

Where Will I Sleep while climbing Kilimanjaro?

Tranquil Kilimanjaro climbers will sleep in warm, waterproof, and sturdy hardwear tents that have enough room to accommodate you and give you a peaceful sleep after your long and tedious trek as you think of your next adventurous day.  Each route has overnight stops known as camps or campsites where you will pitch your tents and set up camp for overnight sleep as you prepare for your next challenge the following day. Our main aim to provide tents that are as comfortable and warm as possible.

Marangu Route Accommodation

Marangu route is different, camping is forbidden on this route and the only type of accommodation used here is huts.  These huts on Marangu Route are A-shaped huts that are dormitory-styled with bunk beds capable of accommodating from four to twenty beds per room. The only people camping on this route are climbers that have used the Rongai Route to go up the mountain and are now descending via the Marangu Route. The huts used for sleeping on the Marangu route are Mandara huts, Horombo huts, and Kibo Huts.

Kilimanjaro Accommodation Facilities

There is a common similarity in almost all campsites and huts in terms of facilities and structures. Most notable are the wooden toilets and ranger’s huts.

Why are there huts on Kilimanjaro?

Many of the Mount Kilimanjaro campsites are named huts, but in real sense, they are not huts. Most of them have one ranger’s housing that resembles huts. Years back, climbers used to sleep in these shacks but demand for climbing was less than it is today, that is why they were converted to campsites to accommodate more climbers.

Read more about the Marangu Route Huts

Dining while on the mountain

The dinner set up on Mount Kilimanjaro consists of comfortable armchairs, foldable table, housed inside a rather large tent called a mess tent. Every trip is assigned with a cook to help prepare your sumptuous and fresh meals.

The mess tents have enough headroom and are waterproof just like the accommodation tents to deal with the harsh climatic and weather conditions on top of the mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro camping tents

Mount Kilimanjaro Campsites

Below are the campsites used on the main routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.