Mountaineering is a sport, hobby, or profession of walking, hiking, backpacking, and climbing mountains.
Without a doubt, Tanzania’s best-known mountain and also the highest mountain in Africa is Mt Kilimanjaro with its peak at 5,895 m.
The second mountain in Tanzania is Mt Meru 4566m which is located in the Arusha National Park and is only 80km away from Mt Kilimanjaro.
The slopes of mount Meru offer natural shelter to numerous animal species such as elephants,
buffaloes, giraffes, baboons, colobus monkeys, and red duikers, bushbucks, and dik-dik making your trek an adventurous one.
Other mountains in northern Tanzania are Mt Lolmalasin (3,648m), Mt Hanang (3,417m), Oldoinyo Lengai (2,878m), and Mt Longido (2,637m).
Even visitors with no summit ambitions will love Tanzania. On a three to five-day trek through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Lake Natron,
you will experience the Masai culture and their way of life. In the western Usambara Mountains, you can visit breath-taking lookout points
and do multi-day hikes. In southern Tanzania,
you can go hiking through untouched nature with endemic flora and fauna in the Uluguru Mountains and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park.
Mount Meru Trekking Tours
Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania and dominates
the Arusha National Park with its huge cliffs. The mountain is often used as warm-up hiking in preparation for the Kilimanjaro.
However, the technical requirements are greater on Mount Meru than on the Kilimanjaro Routes. On the four-day trekking tour,
you are more than likely to see giraffes, buffalos, antelopes and baboons; therefore, a park ranger will accompany you for your safety
Mount Meru Trekking – Climbing Kilimanjaro’s Little Brother
Often used for acclimatisation and as a warm-up climb for Mount Kilimanjaro, the second highest mountain in Tanzania is well worth a
climb in its own right. Mount Meru may be known as the little brother to Kilimanjaro but it’s still the fifth highest mountain on the
African continent. Come Mount Meru trekking with Viva Africa Tours for an experience you will never forget!
Don’t Underestimate Mount Meru
While Kilimanjaro is taller and more famous, Mount Meru arguably still offers trekkers an amazing experience.
Mount Meru trekking takes you through different landscapes and offers its’ own stunning vistas, and really, this mountain cannot
be considered small! At 4,565 metres high, Meru is an imposing active stratovolcano that lost its whole eastern wall during
a massive explosion some 8,000 years ago. With a large mass of the volcano blown away,
Mount Meru was given its impressive horseshoe crater that is still one of its most talked about features today.
The steep slopes mean that Mount Meru trekking is far from easy, and with the added distraction of the altitude, the trek becomes
even more challenging.
Mount Meru Trekking Tours
The trek to the top of Mount Meru takes 3 to 4 days, and with our two trekking options you can decide whether you would like to tackle Meru
at a fast or slightly slower pace.
Centered in the heart of Arusha National Park, Meru watches over the park’s impressive flora and fauna, as well as the nearby city of Arusha.
Mount Meru’s fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savannah and are home to a variety of wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds,
but also buffalos, leopards, giraffes and different species of monkeys, such as baboons and colobus monkeys. The opportunity for spotting
wildlife in its natural habitat is of particular appeal for anyone considering Mount Meru trekking tours, and, for your own safety trekkers
will be accompanied by armed rangers at all times just in case the wildlife comes a little too close.
The climb to the top of this volcano is a fantastic one that leads us through many different vegetation zones: from grasslands to thick and
lush green rainforest, heath and moorland along the knife edge of the crater rim, and alpine desert.
As Mount Meru trekking is often used as a way of acclimatising and warming up for the challenging trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, we are pleased to
offer combination treks of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Whether you choose to trek Mount Meru on its own or in combination with
Kilimanjaro, Meru will enthral with it stunning vistas of its surroundings and views of its big brother, Mount Kilimanjaro, to the east.
Best Time to Take a Mount Meru Trekking Tour
Mount Meru can be trekked all year around, though the best time to tackle this mountain is during the dry season, from June to the beginning
of March. If you’re considering a Mount Meru trekking tour during November or December you should expect occasional rains during these months.
For the best views of the snow-capped rooftop of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, we recommend planning your Meru trek for January or February.
Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours Overview
Rich in diverse fauna and flora, Mount Kilimanjaro stands at 5,895 metres making it the tallest mountain in Africa
and the world’s highest freestanding mountain.
Conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro is mostly a matter of fitness and determination mixed in with how well your body adjusts
to the high altitude. Our staff are well trained in recognizing signs of altitude sickness – the biggest enemy to a
Your health will be expertly monitored along the way. By listening to your guides and heeding their advice,
you will have the greatest opportunity for a successful and healthy climb
Which Route Should I Use to Climb Kilimanjaro?
There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe.
The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent). The Lemosho,
Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north.