Mount Meru is home to many incredible waterfalls, which pour down from the volcanic slopes. After a night of heavy rain, I made a day trip to explore one of the largest waterfalls at the base of Mount Meru, aptly named Mount Meru Waterfall.
This adventure involves a steep motorbike drive up a rocky road followed by a jungle stairway that leads you down into a gorge. Once inside, you wade through the river, clambering over rocks until you meet the intense falls that spray with incredible force at its base. A remarkable sight and only a few kilometers from the town, the Mount Meru waterfall is one of the top things to do in Arusha.
Where is the Mount Meru Waterfall
I’ll be honest, I’m still confused as to all of the names of these waterfalls near Mount Meru. Normally I try and give highly accurate information and google map pins to help you explore but there are just too many different waterfalls labeled as Mount Meru Waterfall. Even my local guide told me it was called Mount Meru Waterfall.
Mount Meru Hike Details
- Hike Distance: The total distance of the hike is roughly 4-5km out and back (return trip)
- Hike Duration: Heading from the ticket office down to the waterfall and directly back should take about 1.5-2 hours.
- Hike Difficulty: This trail is moderately difficult due to slippery conditions and wading through the river. Most people with average fitness and a sense of adventure will be okay as it is nothing technical. Be prepared to get wet.
- Hike Incline: 200 meters.
You can choose one of two options:
- Short hike for 1-2 hours
- Long hike for 3-4 hours.