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The Simba Camp (Campsite) of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

The Simba Camp is at an elevation about 2671 meters above sea level and it’s the first cam you will come across as you hike the Kilimanjaro using the Rongai route.

It’s located on the north eastern side of the Kilimanjaro. Like most camps on the Rongai trial, this camp is also small in size.

The Rongai route like most northern routes has little traffic of the tourist hiking and this is the reason why this camp is abit abandoned.

Like all the other camps on the Kilimanjaro you will need to book through whoever is organizing your trip to stay here.

The camp is on the Rongai trail just after the base of the Kilimanjaro.

The camp is on the Kenya-Tanzania border and here you can enjoy the magnificent views of the plains here.

The camp has no permanent structures. Therefore don’t expect to find cabins or huts here.

There is just one permanent structure here which is the ranger’s hut and also acts as the administration offices.

The camp doesn’t have toilets but rather pit latrines. Some refer to them as dry toilets. They are clean and safe.

When you don’t want to spend your night here and used the camp as a lunch picnic spot, you will proceed to the Kikelelwa Camp also on this route of the Kilimanjaro.

Location of Simba campsite

The camp is north east of the Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route which is near the Kenya Tanzania Boarder. The camp is at an elevation of about 2671 meters above sea level and it is the first camp from the base on this Rongai trail.

It is about 8 kilometers to the second cave campsite. This journey is about 3 hours.

Simba Camp Vegetation Zone

The camp lies in the Heath or moorland vegetation zone of the Kilimanjaro. After you have gone through the forest, you will meet the heath and moorland vegetation zone.

This is made up of giant heathers and Tall grass. This will however expose you to more winds unlike the previous section.

This zone has hot temperatures during the day with very low temperature at night. Since the area receives more sunshine, the tails here are a bit more dry compared to the forested zone.

The sun rays are stronger since there is no canopy cover.


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