Three travelers at a campsite in Kilimanjaro.


Best Kilimanjaro Campsites

Camping Provisions & Environmental Impact

Wilderness Travel offers full-service camping on Kilimanjaro. Most trip members are pleasantly surprised by the comfort of our mountain camps considering we’re on a high altitude expedition!

A campsite with tents.


We use high-tech Mountain Hardwear mountaineering dome tents that have proven themselves to be totally waterproof in rainstorms and able to withstand the high winds that can be encountered on Kilimanjaro. We use three-person tents for only two people, ensuring a fair amount of space for sleeping. We also bring our own private toilets with separate toilet tents for men and women on the mountain providing guaranteed privacy and hygiene (we do not use the unsanitary park toilets).

We serve meals in a large solar-lit dining tent with table and chairs-with-backs. The dining tent is a nice place to relax and socialize while drinking tea or coffee in the evening. Snacks are always available at camp.

A woman in a tent using a sleeping bag.

Sleeping Bags/Pads

Our Mountain Hardware Lamina sleeping bags are all rated to -30 degrees F to keep you warm at night. Our Thermarest sleeping pads are three inches thick and more than two-feet wide to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.

Two porters in Kilimanjaro.

Full Porter Support

Our mountain staff is highly trained and will take care of all the logistics so you can relax and enjoy the climb. Every morning, the staff brings tea or coffee and a bowl of washing water to your tent. After the group departs, the camp crew will break camp then hike ahead of the climbers to set up camp. By the time you arrive in the afternoon, a welcoming cup of tea is often waiting for you.

On average, there are four porters for every one climber. The porters carry all group camping equipment. Each climber will be assigned a porter who is in charge of carrying your duffel (with any personal gear not needed for the day’s hike) so that you only need to carry a light daypack as you climb (typical daypack items include your wind/rain jacket, water bottle, snacks, and camera). We even have additional private porters available for hire if you prefer not to carry your daypack (additional cost).

A campsite bathroom.

Environmental Impact

Like the saying, “take only photos, leave only footprints,” we strive to leave Kilimanjaro as pristine as we found it for every trip. Ensuring no trash is left behind is a responsibility shared with everyone in the group. At our camps, bins are provided near the toilets for toilet paper and other burnable trash. These are burned by the crew before leaving each camp. While on the trail, toilet paper can be kept in a trash bag and disposed of at the next camp. Please keep your own trash in a trash bag and pack it in your porter duffel for removal from the mountain and be sure to take chemical or toxic trash, such as batteries, back to the US with you so they can be disposed of properly.


This trip was everything I’ve ever wanted and then some! The food was phenomenal and the accommodations (even the tents) were extraordinary. I had an amazing experience and can’t wait to go on another Wilderness Travel trip.

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Our Africa Specialists know every detail about our Kilimanjaro trips. They will be happy to answer any questions and help make sure it’s the right adventure for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!