Mount Meru Trekking Adventure
Mount Meru is one of Africa's most gorgeous volcanoes and is the second highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro.
The elevation of Mount Meru is 4566m, (14,000 ft) altitude above sea level. Mount Meru offers fantastic views of its famous neighbor, Mount Kilimanjaro, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right. The lower part of the mountain is the habitat of a variety of wildlife, while its summit is a rocky and barren ridge. You will pass tropical forest and bushy terrain before sand, volcanic ash and rocks lead the path to the top.
Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park. It is usually 3 days/2 nights of climbing. However, for acclimatization purposes, it is strongly recommended to take 4 days/3 nights so you adjust to the altitude.
Getting to Mount Meru
Mount Meru is an easy 40-minute drive from Arusha and is approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of a safari.
The climb to the summit of Mount Meru is rigorous, involving some steep ascents over rocky inclines and narrow ridges to cross. It is a challenging yet rewarding and beautiful mountain to experience. Our guides at Serengeti Vacationland Safaris & Kilimanjaro Treks are professionally trained to take you safely to the top of the mountain and back. We work with a hand-picked experienced crew consisting of assistant guides, cooks and porters to make your trip successful and enjoyable. Meet your Mount Meru Tour Guides and Trip Planners.
You will sleep in huts with 2 bunk beds. Sanitary facilities are available at each ranger station.
Wildlife on Mount Meru
On the slopes of Mount Meru, you may see giraffe, warthogs, water buffalo, colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, elephants, hyenas, bush buck, dik dik and many birds. You may also come across leopards. Because of this, it is mandatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger.
The Ngurdoto Crater is a steep sided bowl of lush swamps and forest. Mosses, ferns, lichens and orchids grow in the damp areas of the crater, while mahogany, olive and date palm trees grow on the drier crater walls. It is home to elephant, buffalo, baboon, reedbuck, colobus monkeys, leopard and duikers. Descent into the crater itself is not allowed.
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