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.