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Best Sundowner Spots on Mount Kilimanjaro

For those that have been to the Kilimanjaro Mountain, you will agree that there are camps and area that is best suited for good views especially when the sun is rising or falling. The sundowners are a good thing as they give you rewarding evening after long hiking day.

The best sunrises and sunsets on Kilimanjaro

Many people will hike the Kilimanjaro with curiosity to see how the views from the tallest mountain in Africa different from those from a lower altitude. There are many camps on the Kilimanjaro but the two with the best sunset and sunrise views are the Karanga camp and the Shira Camp 2.

Even if you don’t use the two camps above, you will have a chance to see the sunrise the morning you summit the Kilimanjaro. You will start the hike on the final day at midnight

The good news is that summit night on Kilimanjaro rewards all trekkers with a glorious sunrise! This is because you start your summit climb at midnight, and by the time the sun rises, you’re very near the top of the mountain!

Shira 2 and Karanga Camps are the best places for sunrise and sunset on Kilimanjaro. Though on summit day, everyone is rewarded with a sunrise!

Best sunset: Shira 2 Camp

This camp is located along the Lemosho Trail and the Shira route. As you ascend towards the summit along these trails, this is the third route you will encounter and you can rst here or spend a night here depending on your itinerary. The camp gets its name from the famous Shira Plateau and it also has a resemblance in name wit he previous camp site (Shira 1 camp site)

Best sunrise and sunset: Karanga Camp

The karanga hut camp derives its names from the Karanga Valley. The camp is used but hikers that use the shira, Umbwe, Lemosho and Umbwe trails as they hike to the summit of the Kilimanjaro. This camp is more like a resting point and a re-energizing point for some itineraries. Some itineraries however use this as an overnight point. The camp before is Barranco huts camp and the one ahead is Barafu hut camp.

There are no cabins or huts here and you will have to carry your own tent that you will pitch at a place of your comfort. There are no toilets here and you be expected to use the pit latrine. There is a ranger’s hike that also doubles as the administrative offices.


The camp is located at the edge of the Karanga Valley. This is in the southern part of the Kibo Cone. It is at the edge of the moorland vegetation zone of the Kilimanjaro.  While hiking to the Kilimanjaro via the Karanga Camp, you will also go through the Karanga valley.

The camp is surrounded by vegetation and it receives a good amount of rain fall. The area is however a little humid. The cam p is near the Barafu huts camp.

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