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Mt Meru

4 days on Mt Meru / 6 days total

Why this itinerary?

A beautiful mountain to hike, great for pre Kilimanjaro acclimatisation or as part of a trilogy of East Africa's highest peaks. Also superb pre safari for hikers or the adventurous.

Description

A 4 day hike to the summit of Mt Meru through verdant afromontane forest into high altitude alpine desert with stunning views of a dormant volcano.

Highlights

Signs and possible sightings of wildlife on foot, afromontane forest, less busy than Kilimanjaro, excellent bird life and game drives in Arusha National Park. One of the most under rated hikes in East Africa.

In brief

1 Arusha
2 Mt Meru
3 Mt Meru
4 Mt Meru
5 Mt Meru / Arusha
6 End

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Mt Meru

In Detail
(note all bookings include an in depth information pack)

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 climbs Manager and your guide. Dinner is included at your hotel.

Overnight The Arusha Hotel (half board)

DAY 2
MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA

In the morning we are collected from 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 late afternoon we reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba hut for dinner.

Overnight Miriakamba hut (full board)

DAY 3
MT MERU / 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.

Overnight Saddle Hut (full board)

DAY 4
MT MERU / 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.

Overnight Miriakamba hut (full board)

DAY 5
MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA

The final section takes up to 3 hours to return to our vehicles where we say farewell to our crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and game drive before returning to Arusha for a well deserved shower!

Overnight The Arusha Hotel (half board)

DAY 6
ARUSHA

Today a day room is held to allow you to relax and check out later in the day. A vehicle is on hand to transfer you to the airport to connect with your international flight, or you may connect with further programs (such as The Machame Route 7 day hike - discounts apply).

Day Room Only (lunch)

End of Services

>> Follow on safaris include: Climbers Safari (3 days), The Big 5 (6 days), A Tanzanian Adventure (9 days)

Prices on application


Includes

  • Trained Kilimanjaro guides (1 guide to 2 clients)
  • All relevant Kilimanjaro Park fees & rescue fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • all accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee & hot chocolate)

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Airport departure taxes (unless stated)
  • Laundry
  • Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal safari vehicle)
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
Please note: in the event the listed accommodation is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be selected.


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