While weather in Tanzania changes seasonally, Kilimanjaro is so massive, it essentially creates its own weather patterns.

That means you can expect fairly consistent weather on Kilimanjaro year-round. No matter when you trek, plan around the following weather conditions:

  • It will be tropical in the foothills, with high humidity and temperatures in the high 70s-90s.
  • Conditions at the summit are arctic; nighttime temperatures often drop below zero.
  • Along the way, you will experience every temperature in between.
  • No matter when you climb you could encounter heavy rainfall or snow.
  • You should not climb in April, early May, or late November; weather on and off the mountain is too wet for comfortable treks.
  • The rest of Tanzania experiences cooler, drier weather in the dry season (late May through October); and warmer, wetter weather in the green season (December through March).

If you’re planning to add a safari, keep in mind the following:

  • Dry season safaris often feature high concentrations of animals around scarce water sources.
  • Green season is when most animals give birth; thousands of baby animals can be seen during these months.
  • Green season features lush vegetation throughout the country.
  • During the dry season destinations are often more crowded, as it’s a popular time to travel.
  • No matter when you travel, you’ll see thousands of animals.
  • Temperatures year-round are warm and temperate.

Kilimanjaro itineraries

8 Day Machame Route

7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu

7 Day Kilimanjaro Climb – Rongai