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.
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.
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.
Itinerary in full
DAY 1- MT MERU / MIRIAKAMBA HUT
In the morning we are collected from your hotel and transfer to Arusha National Park. At the Momella gate (Alt 1,500m,4,800ft) 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((2,514m,8,250ft) for dinner.
DAY 2- MT MERU / SADDLE
We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach Saddle hut(Alt 3,570m, 11,712ft) for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to the summit of Little Meru(Alt 3,820m) can be taken for stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner.
DAY 3- MT MERU 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.After taking photos at Socialist peak(Alt 4,565m,14977ft), We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner.
DAY 4- ARUSHA NATIONAL
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!
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