This campsite is available for the hikers on the Kilimanjaro who are trekking through the Marangu route. It is almost at the base of the Kilimanjaro and you will spend your first night here when on the Maranga trail.
The camps has A-shaped huts that you can use for the nights, there are also wooden cabins which house about 6 to 8 people in one Cabin. This camp can house 60 people a night.
Mandara Huts facilities
This camp being near the base has some facilities that are well organize. It has a dining hall where you can have you meals.
The camp also has an office for the park representative who also works as the ranger in charge. He does the registration formalities at the camp.
The camp like most of the other camps has pit latrines and not toilets. This is so as it’s hard to maintain toilets at the top of the mountain since there is water scarcity.
Day One of the Hike to Mandara Hut
From the base which is about 1860 meters about sea level to the Mandara Hut camp which is at an elevation of about 2700 meters above sea level takes about 4 hours.
It takes about an hour from Moshi to the Marangu gate. And it takes about 3 hours from Mandara to descend via the Marangu gate and then drive back to Moshi.
Therefore it’s possible to do a one day hike to the Mandara hut camp.
Advantages of Mandara Huts Campsite
You will not need to have a tent to house here. There are hut and wooden cabins to choose from. The camp is also a bit large enough to house about 60 people in a night.
There is a source of water from the nearby streams and you don’t have to rely on the rain water alone. That means you can carry water from here to the next camp rather than carrying it from the base.
Disadvantages of Mandara Huts Campsite
You will have to make or carry your own meals but there is a dining hall to have them from. You will also have the porters to carry your cooking equipment.
If you want to pitch your own tent, there is little space for this since the whole pace is almost occupied with huts and cabins.
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