Meru is an incredible free standing active volcano that offers views and wildlife sightings that is unparalleled in Tanzania. Mount Meru is often overlooked due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb, as Tanzania second highest mountain, lying within Arusha National Park, the lower reaches of Mount Meru are amazingly rich in wildlife. You are almost certain to see monkeys, warthogs, buffaloes and a wide array of birds and, if you’re lucky, elephants and giraffes! The crater rim walk is a spectacular hike and the 360 degree views from the summit of Meru are not to be missed, especially as you can see Kilimanjaro!
The Mountain is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania and dominates the Arusha National Park with its huge cliffs, Tanzania’s gem. This prime location gives trekkers the chance to spot some of wildlife that inhabits the area. The ascent is quite steep, the route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater.
WHAT TO DO!
Activities; A great view of Mount Meru.
Trekking at Mount Meru
Walking, Canoeing Safari
By road Mount Meru is just about 45 minutes’ drive away from Arusha Town or airport, 1h30 hours from Kilimanjaro airport and 3hours from Moshi town.
Before and after trekking many are located both in the Arusha city and in the farmland suburbs
BEST TIME TO VISIT
It good throughout the year but is at its best in the Dry season
June to October. Is measured as the best season, It is sunny, there is little rain, and fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
November to May . The beautiful scenery and its most lush, March and April can be very wet and grey.The clear skies from December to February give you the best views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.
4 Days Mount Meru Climbing
Day 1: Arusha - Momella Gate ─ Miriakamba Hut
Early pickup from Arusha and transfer to Momela Gate
Registration at the Gate, and then walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting, simply you can see along the way the wild animals. Including elephants, zebras, and giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. 5-6 hours walking. Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut ─ Saddle Hut
The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. Slowly walking along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone
3-5 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut
Day 3: Saddle Hut ─ Summit ─ Miriakamba Hut
Start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point 3800m(12467ft), reach the summit on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to the Miriakamba Hut. Saddle Hut to the summit to Miriakamba Hut: 10-12 hours walking.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut - Momella Gate – Arusha
Take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. Meet a driver and return transfer to Arusha
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