Mount Meru is Africa firth highest mountain found in Tanzania west of Kilimanjaro which is Africa highest free standing mountain, Mount Meru stands at the backdrop overlooking the magnificent Arusha national park. It’s always a starting point for hikers preparing to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Meru is located 70 kilometers west of Kilimanjaro and north of Arusha town, the mountain had a recent minor eruption in 1910, technical skills needed for hiking mount Meru might be greater than for Kilimanjaro, climbing mount Meru will give you a superb wilderness experience you never imagined, there are various wildlife and plant life to see as you hike the mountain top during your safaris in Tanzania.
The forested canopy hills will expose you to primates like the white and black Columbus monkeys, red tailed monkey, olive baboon among the rest, the wooded Savannah vegetation is filled with giraffes and zebras grazing. The alpine desert before reaching the peak is endowed with Kiplinger’s and magical flowers. Generally, its a great tour destination for clients who want an affordable holiday experience in Tanzania.
Activities at Mount Meru
Hiking: Hiking is the main tourist’s activity at mount Meru. The mountain reaches 14,980 feet hikers of mountain Mount Meru should always be with an armed game ranger during to the presence of wildlife in the park, throughout the hiking tourists will be sleeping in comfortable huts provided accommodation. Hikers always reach the too at sun rise and have breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Meru crater. The hike always takes three to four days.
Game drives at Arusha national park: The mountains slopes of Mount Meru spreads Arusha national park gifted with a lot of wildlife, tourists ca take on the game drives before or after hiking and see various animals like, giraffes, waterbucks. Warthogs, elephants, zebras, hyenas and lions and elephants seen occasionally.
Guided nature walks: There are a lot walking trails that you can take one of the famous one being to the Usa riverother trails are from momella gate to Itikoni, Kitoto to Njeku, Buffalo to Kaitong and Laitong to Buffalo the duration will depend on the trail being used
Bird watching: There are a lot birds to be seen while hiking mount Meru from the slopes to the top tourists can expect to see birds like African skimmers, tawny eagle, verreaux eagle and many more including the flamingoes at the momella lakes at to the mountain slopes.
Coffee tours: The slopes of mount Meru are coffee farmlands, tourists can visit the coffee farms, tourists can witness coffee being processed and can also buy some to take back home.
Cultural tours: Tourists who would love to experience the African culture can visit the people and get entertained with local traditional dances and also learn about their unique ways of life on top of acquiring African made handy crafts to take home for loved ones.
Canoeing: Canoeing is one of the activities to be done this normally takes place on the panoramic momella lakes lasting for two to three hours, here you can see giraffes and various animals coming to dink water as well as various water birds.
The best time to climb mount Meru is in June to February and to have striking views of Kilimanjaro is from December to February.
Mount Meru is approximately 60 kilometers from Kilimanjaro international airport and forty minutes drive from Arusha town. The permits from mountain climbing are valid for 12 hours.