Unlike the Marangu route, all other routes to Uhuru's Peak make
use of tented accommodation. The Umbwe Route is renowned for its
caves, one of which used to be used to provide climbers with their
first nights shelter on the mountain. Today it is strictly prohibited
to sleep inside the caves due to the slim risk of an earthquake.
The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes It is probably
the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite
taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher
altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. There are fewer people,
pristine forest and the shorter yet steeper walking distances
make it a great option for fit hikers.