Introducing Africa Safaris runs professionally organized and led Mt Meru hikes. Meru is often overlooked as many people aim for Kilimanjaro. However, as a pre-Kilimanjaro acclimatization trip, or those that are looking to add another beautiful high-altitude peak to their portfolio of peaks, it comes very highly recommended!
Why this itinerary?
A beautiful mountain to hike, great for pre-Kilimanjaro acclimatization or as part of a trilogy of East Africa’s highest peaks. Also, superb pre-safari for hikers or the entries.
A 4-day hike to the summit of Mount Meru through verdant Afromontane forest into high altitude alpine desert with stunning views of a dormant volcano.
Signs and possible sightings of wildlife on foot, afro-montane forest, less busy than Kilimanjaro, excellent bird life and game drives in Arusha National Park. One of the most underrated hikes in Tanzania, East Africa.
DAY 1 – ARUSHA
On arrival, you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well-appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climbing officer from Introducing Africa Safari and your guide. Stay overnight at the Charity Hotel on B/B basis.
DAY 2 – ARUSHA-MIRIAKAMBA
Around 08hr 30 your hotel and transfer to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate, we finish registration formalities before setting off with your guide and armed ranger – there is abundant wildlife in the forests! The forest section is especially scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of seeing buffalo grazing in one of the clearings. In the Stay overnight Miriakamba hut on F/B basis.
DAY 3 – MIRIAKAMBA – SADDLE HUT
We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach Saddle hut for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to the summit of Little Meru can be taken for stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner. Stay overnight at Saddle Hut on F/B Basis.
DAY 4 – SUMMIT – MIRIAKAMBA
We rise early and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more.
We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner. Stay overnight at Miriakamba hut on F/B basis.
DAY 5 – MIRIAKAMBA-ARUSHA
The final section up to 3 hours to return to our vehicles we say farewell to our crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and game drive returning to Arusha for a well-deserved shower. Stay overnight at the hotel in Arusha.