So what has replaced them? Well there are basically two options – 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, which currently costs circa £100 per group per climb. This is not covered in our trip fee as some groups request a loo and others don’t.
Quite a view from this loo too! This is the toilet tent (the blue one) carried by our team with the loo inside.
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.
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.