Mount Meru is one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes. The route to the summit passes through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. Finally, 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 and Kilimanjaro in the background. Over 400 species of birds, rhino, elephant, buffalo, baboon, warthog, black and white Colobus monkey and duiker are all found in this delightful 'gem amongst parks'. The visit to the Ngurdoto crater and Momella lakes, with their superb scenery, flamingoes and other wildlife, is an unforgettable experience.
climbing mount Meru
Day 1: Arrive at Arusha and transferred to the hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Drive to the park gate and walk through game-filled parkland up to Miriakamba Hut, at 2470m. Along the way there are many fine views; including Kilimanjaro from Miriakamba Hut.
Day 3: The path passes through fine forests and heather to the Saddle Hut, at 3500m, 3 hours walking. An ascent of Little Meru is possible in the afternoon.
Day 4: A very early start takes us first to a superb viewpoint on the crater rim and then onto an airy ridge which leads up to the summit. Return to Miriakamba.
Day 5: Walk back to the Park Gates, 2 hours. Drive back to Arusha for overnight.
Day 6: After breakfast check out from the hotel and continue with your onwards journey.