Clouds of Kilimanjaro
Quite often, Kilimanjaro is impossible to see – it’s surrounded by clouds. Most of the year, there are clouds that cover the entire mountain from morning to night. From sunset to sunrise, is the best time to see Kilimanjaro – usually very early in the morning, you can watch the sun come up – or right after the sun sets the clouds begin to clear up. It’s like clock work almost every day except during the rainy season.
This is the same for hiking on the mountain. You can see the mountain when you wake up and when you go to sleep, but during the day (at least at the lower elevations), you will have trouble seeing it. When you high up on the mountain, you can sometimes get above the clouds and see it for much of the day. This is usually at Arrow Glacier camp or Barafu Camp.