If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries, you’ll know that we picked September as our climbing season, and that it paid off in terms of near-perfect weather. If you are contemplating a Kili climb, make sure you thoroughly research the different seasons on the mountain and their respective pros and cons. Here are the seasons on Kili in a brief overview:
January – March: One of the peak seasons on Kilimanjaro, warm temperatures, a fairly low chance of rain (except toward the end of March), good visibility, high traffic (but less so than in September).
April – June: Main rainy season, with decreasing temperatures toward June, avoided by most climbers and even a few tour operators.
July: Decreasing rainfall, nights still very cold, increasing crowds.
August – October: Peak season on Kili, driest months of the year, good visibility, increasing temperatures, increasing cloud cover toward the end of October, very high traffic (especially in September).
November – December: Rainy season, low traffic but crowds returning over Christmas.
About the Author: Eva Melusine Thieme is the author of Kilimanjaro Diaries as well as the blog Joburg Expat, where she has been chronicling her family’s adventures while living in South Africa. She currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee, with her husband and four children, where she is working on her next book about a road trip through Namibia with six people in a five-person car.