Mount Meru is the first sight you can see when reaching Arusha town.
The mountain is with its 4,566 m (14,990 feet) Tanzania’s second highest peak after Kilimanjaro and the fifth highest in Africa. The mountain has two peaks: Meru Summmit, the highest point, and Ash Cone, an additional peak inside the crater which was formed after a more recent volcanic activity. On clear days one can see Great Rift Valley and Kitumbeini and Gelai volcanoes in the western part, and in the east its neighbor Mount Kilimanjaro with Kibo and Shira Plateau.
Why Climb Mount Meru
There are several reasons to include Mount Meru ascent into your Tanzania adventures list. Regrettably, this volcano is often outshadowed by Kilimanjaro – located in the immediate vicinity, it attracts more international hikers, thus making it a secondary hiking destination or a warm-up exercise. The majority of hikers, however, ignore it altogether.
We at Let’s view Tanzania firmly believe that Mt Meru hiking is a great adventure by itself because of these reasons:
Reason 1 – Stunning scenery
Mount Meru features incredibly captivating scenic vistas. The trek to Socialist Peak of Mount Meru (4566 m/14,980 f), traverses several climatic zones, offering diverse landscapes and unparalleled scenes for wildlife photography.
The views from the summit area of Mt Meru are truly rewarding – valleys, forests and meadows, all buried in lush verdure, and magnetizing view of the Kilimanjaro peak looming on a horizon will surprise even the most seasoned travellers.
Reason 2 – Rich wildlife
Nestled in Arusha National Park, Mount Meru is one of the few mountains of the world still densely inhabited by the wildlife, which freely roam on its slopes. The hikers are likely to experience multiple encounters with different animals, including buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, giraffes and, with some luck in your pocket, even elephants.
Reason 3 – No crowds
Meru is not yet popular among hikers. During the high season, on the popular routes of Kilimanjaro (Marangu and Machame) there is a chance of “traffic jams”, something that you will never experience on the trails of Meru. For those who are seeking reclusive, tranquil hiking in the wild, Meru is a great choice.
Reason 4 – Mount Meru hiking tour is affordable
In contrast to other hiking adventures, Mt Meru climb is quite an affordable activity. Because no tents are necessary (overnight stays on Mt Meru are in huts), the number of crew is small, reducing the travel costs. Therefore, for those with shrinking budgets, Mountain Meru can become a good and affordable alternative.
Reason 5 – Excellent addition for the safari tour
The wildlife of Tanzania is what attracts most of the visitors to the country. Tanzania has been voted the best destination for wildlife viewing several years in a row.
At the same time, flying over half of the world surely justifies having more diverse experiences. Thus, pairing your safari tour with a Meru climb may be an excellent idea to get the best of Tanzania.
Mount Meru Expedition – Essential points
The key features of Mt Meru expedition:
You do not need special alpine skills or experience to take part. Together with Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is a “hiking”, not climbing “mountain”. Neither ropes, nor ice axes or helmets are necessary – the trekkers reach the Socialist Peak (4,562 m/14,967 f) on foot, and for the majority of them, Mt Meru is the first mountaineering experience.
Ordinary fitness level is ok. Meru hiking does not require anything special – as long as you can comfortably walk up to 10 km/6 miles per day, you can do it. Trekking level there is moderate.
Acclimatization to altitude is important! Do not take it lightly – the altitude of Mt Meru is serious enough to be the cause of altitude sickness. Follow these fundamental rules acclimatization:
- Hike slowly (recommended pace is two times slower than your ordinary one)
- Drink much water (3-4 liters per day)
- Listen to your guide
- Do not drink alcohol or too much coffee
The combination of these simple principles will make your Meru climb enjoyable, safe and successful.
Mount Meru Climb – day-by-day itinerary
There is only one route leading to Socialist Peak – “Momella”. Three and four day hiking are available
3-DAY VS. 4-DAY HIKE – HOW TO CHOOSE?
If the schedule allows and you have not gained acclimatization on other mountains before (meaning that you have successfully climbed anything above 4,000m/13,123f and did not get affected by altitude sickness), we always recommend choosing a longer option. The more time you spend on Mount Meru – the more effectively your body adapts to the altitude, making the whole experience less stressful for it.
The Momella route approaches Mount Meru from the eastern face, moving up through the northern ridge to the peak.
The total trek distance is 45 km/27 miles.
Horse and Camel rides safaris
Horse and Camel rides safaris are a specialized product aimed at experienced riders, with the average safari being at least a week in duration. If you are a competent rider, there are few better ways to experience Africa’s beauty and wilderness than getting on a horse and heading out into the wilderness.
If you are a rider going on safari in Africa, among a few better ways to experience Africa’s bush and scenic places is on a galloping horse out into the wilderness or through the lush vegetation of Africa.
Horse and Camel ride safaris are specialized products aimed to animal ride lovers, with an average safari being at least a week in duration to half day basis depending with visitors’ interests and time Horse and camel rides are available from a few camps and centres in Tanzania, for all standards of riders the experience is rewarding as it allows visitors to approach the wildlife much more closely than usual.
The best part about these adventures is that game animals are not afraid of Horses and camels in the same way they are of cars or pedestrians. There are a few superb areas for horse riding in Tanzania.
In the Northern circuit, Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a private concession that lies between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks where Horse rides is professionally organized. Everything about Manyara ranch is a treat for the senses bordering on magical setting. From the huge wildlife families of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, Lesser Kudu, Impala, Grant and Thomson Gazelle, dikdik, Ostriches, jackals, hyena, leopard, lion, cheetah, eland, giraffe, waterbuck and several birds species (an unbelievable collection of birds – especially brightly coloured love birds) wandering in the 44,000-acre piece of land.
The abundance of animals, the Maasai warriors wandering around to protect visitors and cattle from the wild animals, is a bush experience that is more authentic. The Horse ride is complimented by the sundowner drinks in a different magical place each evening creates unforgettable memories for visitors. The best times to visit the ranch for Horse riding are between June and February although Horses are stalled at the ranch all year round.
Horse riding is now conducted in a number of National Parks; in Arusha National Park, visitors explore the slopes of Mount Meru with lush mountain forests and sweeping views of the surrounding scenic places on a Horse back. Horse riding in Arusha National Park offers visitors a full benefit of the knowledge of the wildlife, bird life, forestry, waterfalls and many more. Following game trails stimulates visitors as one gets closer and interacts with the wildlife and then learns much more about it.
Specialized on Camel riding; Mkuru Camel safaris are among the most fascinating adventures in Northern Tanzania. The Camel Safaris are organized from the camel camp located in Mkuru Maasai village; from a few hours to a week long expedition to Oldoinyo Lengai, Ngorongoro highland and Lake Natron. A trip on a camel back through the Maasai land is magical, visitors get a great chance to experience wildlife, Maasai people ‘day to day life’ and the beautiful scenery Horse and camel riding adventures are also organized within and around West Kilimanjaro, Usa River, Meserani Snake Park and Lake Natron area.
In Dar-es- salaam there is a “Horse club” which offer horse riding activities south of the city along the Indian Ocean. With horse club visitors will enjoy low tide rides along the shoreline for fresh air under the moonlight alone or with friends.
Trekking and Hiking
Everyone at Let’s view Tanzania is passionate about adventure trekking and hike Everyone at Let’s view Tanzania is passionate about adventure trekking and hiking – it’s the core of what we do and we specialise in making challenging destinations accessible to every fit, weekend trekker.
So whether you want to climb Kilimanjaro, trek to Mount Meru or visit the others we can help you create an adventure that will become a lifelong memory.ing – it’s the core of what we do and we specialise in making challenging destinations accessible to every fit, weekend trekker.
So whether you want to limb Kilimanjaro, trek to Mount Meru or visit the others we can help you create an adventure that will become a lifelong memory.