At 4,566 metres (14,990 feet) high, Mount Meru ranks as Tanzania’s second highest mountain and one of Africa´s most beautiful volcanoes. Apart from a few puffs of steam, today’s Mount Meru is a dormant volcano with an impressive and unique scenery for both nature lovers and mountain climbers. A fantastic private expedition offering challenge and stunning vistas.
Mount Meru dominates the horizon of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest of diverse wildlife including buffaloes, elephants, baboons, warthogs, black and white colobus monkey and nearly 400 bird species. Since the lower slopes are more densely populated with wildlife, climbers are accompanied on the hike by a park ranger.
Forest to alpine desert
As the vegetation changes from dense rainforest into heather and moorland and finally alpine desert, the frequency of animals you will see becomes scarcer. Shifting your focus from animals to landscape.
The momella route is the only way to the top. The ascent of Meru’s lower slopes is direct and the summit is reached by walking along a very narrow, barren ridge, offering views of Ash Cone thousands of feet below in the crater. The climb to the summit does not require an athlete or an alpinist but you should be in relatively good shape.
From the peak of the mountain you have a spectacular view on the Momella Lakes, Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful distant plains. Mount Meru has the advantage that it is less visited as Kilimanjaro. It is a fantastic trek offering challenge and stunning vistas in a compact time frame that is achievable for most. Reaching the summit is an experience you are unlikely to forget.
Note! You can book a private expedition to climb Mount Meru or combine the climbing with a private safari to the famous wildlife parks in Tanzania, or the beach of Zanzibar. View our private safari & tours.