Mount Meru

Elevation: 4,565 m

Mount Meru, the second highest Mountain in Tanzania and fifth highest in Africa is a dormant stratovolcano located 70 kilometers (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro. At a height of 4,562.13 meters (14,968 ft.), it is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.
Mount Meru is located just north of the city of Arusha, in the Arusha Region of Tanzania.

Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.

Mount Meru is surrounded by the small Arusha National Park with fertile slopes forest that support hosts of diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys, a few elephants, buffalos and leopards.

The Name Mount Meru

The Name of the Mountain is got from the Arumeru or just Meru tribe of Tanzania that occupy the land around the mountain. Though the Mountain is within the District of Arusha administratively the area immediately around the Mountain is occupied by the Meru people. Though they share a name with the Meru tribe of Kenya another Bantu group, they are two very different tribes with very different language and culture.

Wild animals in Mt. Meru game reserve

Mount Meru is within Arusha National Park one of the smaller game parks in Tanzania. The park has a limited number of diverse wildlife mainly herbivores such as elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra, and even the occasional wildebeest. The Park is also home to the world's largest population of giraffes. None herbivorous animals re rare but occasionally found and include lion and leopard.

Unique things to see or do within Arusha National Park

  1. Canoeing the Momella LakesThe Momella Lakes within Arusha National Park consist of seven shallow lakes with considerable algae growth each of a different shade of green or blue.
    The water is not suitable for drinking but canoeing safaris are possible.
  2. Visiting Ngurdoto Crator /ForestNgurdoto Crater is swampy forested crater inhabited by a large variety of animals and is a popular stop for game drives where visitors can see Cape buffalo, elephants, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, and a number of different antelope species.The crater is surrounded by the Ngurdoto Forest, a shady expanse that is home to playful black and white Columbus monkeys.Nearby is Serengeti Ndogo (Little Serengeti), an expansive grassland where herds of zebras can be seen throughout the year.
  3. Lake LongilThis is the only freshwater lake in Arusha National Park, Lake Longil is a popular watering hole for buffaloes and water bucks.

Climbing Mount Meru


Arrival: Tanzania

Arrive Tanzania – Sleep at a lodge or Hotel in near or at Arusha town. Pre climbing briefing is done and list of climber’s requirements verified to ensure all climbers have enough essentials. Climbers can shop for various items in Arusha Town. All documentation is also completed on this day. It is recommended that climbers have at arrive at Moshi by 3 pm in case some shopping must be done on this day.


Day 1: Ascent Trekking up

Drive to Momela gate and trek for 10 km to Miriakambu Camp at (1,500 m/ 4,921 ft.) for 4 to 6 hours. Dinner will be served at the Camp and overnight rest. This section is forested and expect to see lots of wildlife including elephants, giraffe, antelopes, Zebras.


Day 2: Trekking up

Trek for 8 km from Miriakamba Camp to saddle Camp (3570m/11,712 ft.) for 4 to 6 hours This section has forest and moorland and only a few monkeys may be seen Dinner will served here and overnight rest.


Day 3: Trekking up and Down

Trek 5 km from Saddle Camp to the peak (4,565m/14,977 ft.) for 4 to 5 hours in time to be at the peak at sunset. Spend 2 hours at the peak for cerebration and brief rest and then trek down 13 km down to Miriakambu Camp (1,500 m/ 4,921 ft.) after a brief rest and early lunch at saddle camp. This area has Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest Dinner will served here and overnight rest.


Day 4: Trekking down to Momela gate and return to Arusha

Trek 10 km from Miriakambu Camp to Momela gate for 10 km in 2 to 4 hours then drive to Arusha for overnight stay at a hotel in or near Arusha for cerebration and overnight rest



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