At 4,562 meters (14,968 ft.), Mount Meru is Tanzania’s second highest mountain, towered over only my Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is an incredible free-standing active volcano located in the northern part of the country in Arusha National Park; the last eruption was in 1910. The mountain is roughly 70 km south-west of Kilimanjaro and east of the Great Rift Valley. The experiences and observation of wildlife in the area is unrivalled by any other safari to be offered in Tanzania.


When Mount Meru exploded into life over 500,000 years ago, its entire eastern flank was blown apart by the explosion, giving the volcano its distinctive horseshoe rim. In addition to being the fourth largest mountain in Africa, Mount Meru’s rim extends 1,500 meters (4921 ft.) to the crater floor, making it one of the tallest cliffs in the continent as well.

Due to the abundance of wildlife on and around Meru, it is compulsory that visitors be accompanied by armed rangers. There is only one official route to the summit of Mount Meru, called the ‘Momella route’. Although it is optional to do the climb in 3 days (8.7mi), the more popular, 4 day (11.8 mi.) option is outlined in depth.

DAY 1: Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut: 3-4 hours in Montane Forest , altitude between 1500-2500 meters

The hike begins in the Montane Forest, where the air is filled with gushing waterfalls, the wildlife is abundant, and some oddly intriguing trees liven the canopy. The first-day trek will conclude at the Miriakamba huts that dot the mountain.

Remember all treks are accompanied by an armed ranger

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut: 3-4 hours on Moorland, altitude between 2500-3550 metres

The hike to the Saddle Hut will conclude in early afternoon, leaving time to explore ‘Little Meru’ at 3820m. The 1000 meter altitude rise means cooler and thinner air making the hike slightly more difficult, but acclimatization is quick and goes unnoticed in comparison to the breathtaking view of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Saddle Hut to Socialist Peak:
 8-10 hours in semi-desert, alpine desert, Montane Forest, altitude between 3550-4256m

The third day commences at 2am where the first landmark is Rhino Point at 3,820m, which provides an incredible view. An additional 4-5 hours of climbing brings you traversing the extremely narrow, but extremely exhilarating, crater rim path. Just before sunrise, you will reach summit of Mount Meru. The full 360 degree view on the mountain top is spectacular, especially the sun rising over Kilimanjaro! Before descending, explore the ash con in Meru’s    crater.

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate: 2-3 hours in Montane forest, altitude between 2500- 1500m

The fourth day is easy going few hours down through the Montane Forest where you will once again encounter wildlife and their beautiful habitat. Seeing the forest from above is a    completely different experience than the way up – look out for birds!

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