Hygiene and health on Kilimanjaro
So we all need a wee and a poo, but strangely it’s a topic that’s never really gets mentioned in day to day life. However on Kilimanjaro, and in fact any mountain, there’s this amazing shift in hot topics of conversation which more often than not include a person’s daily movements or toilet adventures. No doubt questions regarding mountain toilets will come to mind before your climb. Then, after a quick google search, you’ll be horrified by tales of filth and concern about the lack of privacy.
Use the new improved toilets which are at each camp. Or use a private toilet carried up by our porters?
Usually people prefer us to carry up a private toilet. For this there is a cost to cover the toilet attendant, who carries, pitches, cleans and empties the loo. It’s covered in our trip fee.
So what is a private toilet like on Kilimanjaro?
Well it’s clean, it’s doesn’t smell, it’s private but they are small and if windy a bit awkward as they’re inside little toilet tents. They are made from plastic, they have a seat, a flush mechanism and a sliding door which opens for your business to drop down into a container which the attendant empties.
- Tents provide welcome privacy.
- Portable pump-flush toilets are Eco-friendly and sanitary.
- Hand sanitizer provided to keep you healthy.
- Walk-in height tents are clean and comfortable.
The new Kilimanjaro toilets at the campsites are great. They’re cleaned regularly, they’re big, private and don’t have drafts. The floors and walls are tiled and they offer both western style toilets (sit down) and a traditional hole in the ground. They’re not pristine if the campsites are busy but they really are very good.