The Machame hut camp is the first accommodation point you come across after leaving the Machame gate. This campsite is an overnight camping point situated along Mount Kilimanjaro’s Machame route.

Machame hut campsite is only used by climbers when they go up the mountain since the Machame route is exclusively used for ascent to climb up the mountain. Descent uses the Mweka Route through Mweka hut proceeding towards the exit at Mweka Gate.

Originally, a long time ago, a metallic hut existed here and it belonged to the Rangers since the early days. This hut gave that campsite the hut name, therefore.

Ironically Machame hut camp is an area reserved only for tents and there is no sight of a single cabin or any other structures for that matter.

Climbers with the intent to use this campsite for overnight accommodation are required to bring their own tents.

There is a mix of two types of toilets found on Mount Kilimanjaro one of them is the dry toilets in the form of pit latrines while the other type is the recently built Water Closet (W.C Toilet) using water from streams nearby. There is no other structure apart from the toilets is the Ranger’s house made out of wood which is located at the center of the campsite.

Location of Machame Camp

Located beneath the South Western side on the foot slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame hut campsite is encompassed by the montane forest vegetation of the Mount Kilimanjaro.

Due to its location on the low elevation of the mountain and the ever-wet rainforest zone, this area receives plenty of rainfall and has a lot of windbreakers hence it is less windy.

Unfortunately while on Machame Camp it is not possible to spot big game wildlife which can only be found in much lower altitudes. This campsite is located after the Machame gate and is the camp before Shira Cave or Shira 2 campsites which are often used on the following day during climbing.

Additional information

RoutesMachame route.
AmenitiesWater Closet (W.C Toilet), Pit Latrines
VegetationMontane Forest Vegetation

machame hut camp
machame hut camp