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The Machame Village – Travel Guide, Activities & More

The Machame Village is one of the gateways to the Kilimanjaro Mountain. It is located on the southern slopes of the Kilimanjaro. You can explore this village before or after your Kilimanjaro hike.

The locals here are mostly farmers and you will meet a lot of banana and coffee plantations. This is where the popular Machame route of the Kilimanjaro starts from

Machame Gate

This is another famous entry route of the Kilimanjaro National Park. It is allocated at the base on the southern part of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Just Like the other gates, the Machame gate has park administration offices where all official park activities related to the park are done like the registration.

It’s not just a formality, everyone that enters that park has to be registered to keep trek and account for all lives.

This route is only for ascending and hikers cannot descend using this route. You will be expected to leave the mountain using another gate.

Therefore you are expected to make arrangements for all the property that you leave that the base to be transferred to an area where you will descend from.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

The gate is at an elevation of about 1,640 meters above sea level while the camp is 2,835 meters above sea level which is about 7 miles and can take about 7 hours of hiking.

Moshi Town to Machame gate

The gate is approximately 30 kilometers from the town of Moshi and can take about 45 minutes since the road is well done.

Best Time to visit Machame and Kilimanjaro

If you are thinking about trekking the highest mountain ranges in Africa or have you have already booked your Tanzania safari to Kilimanjaro? The most common thing will be what’s the best time to visit and the other terms and conditions for the hike.

It’s possible that you can trek the Kilimanjaro any time throughout the year but some months are covered in cold weather and rains and snow especially the top and yet some are dry and a lot more favorable.

Its best advised to hike the Kilimanjaro is between the months of December to February and Mid June to September. Ideally these are the dry months but even then, sometimes it can and gets a bit messy.

It is however believed that a day of rain may not be as bad as rain that comes in a season and rains on a daily. But even the months that are considered to be cold or wet may not necessarily be so ad they can even go weeks without any rain.

The wet months are March to Mid June and October to November.

The dry months are also the most crowded; the mountain can be filed with tourist and for people that have intent to explore extensively, you may need to reconsider.


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