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Mount Meru

Experience the Majesty of Tanzania’s Second-Highest Mountain in the Scenic Arusha National Park

Location & Geography:

Nestled in the heart of northeastern Tanzania’s Arusha National Park, Mount Meru stands as the country’s second-highest peak. Just 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru offers captivating scenery with its lush forests, alpine meadows, and picturesque crater lakes. It forms part of the Arusha volcanic chain, adding to the region’s geological allure.

Historical Significance:

Mount Meru holds deep historical and cultural significance, particularly for the Maasai people who consider it a sacred mountain. According to Maasai folklore, Mount Meru is the dwelling place of their god, Ngai, and the spirits of their ancestors. This spiritual connection adds to the mountain’s mystique and reverence.

Main Attractions:

Summit of Mount Meru: Rising to an impressive height of 4,566 meters (14,980 feet), the summit offers panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, and the Great Rift Valley. The challenging ascent rewards climbers with awe-inspiring vistas and a sense of achievement.

Momella Lakes: Set within the park, the Momella Lakes dazzle visitors with their vibrant hues, courtesy of algae and mineral deposits. These picturesque lakes attract an array of birdlife, making them a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike.

Ngurdoto Crater: A natural wonder within the park, Ngurdoto Crater enchants with its dense forests and diverse wildlife. The crater’s lush vegetation provides a habitat for buffalo, giraffes, monkeys, and antelopes, offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Activities and Experiences:

Hiking and Trekking: Mount Meru beckons adventurers to explore its slopes through various hiking and trekking routes. Whether summiting the peak or exploring the lower slopes, each trail promises unforgettable encounters with nature’s splendor.

Wildlife Safari: Arusha National Park invites visitors to embark on wildlife safaris, offering the chance to encounter elephants, buffalos, zebras, and an array of bird species. The park’s diverse ecosystems ensure memorable wildlife sightings in a tranquil setting.

Cultural Encounters: Immerse yourself in Maasai culture by visiting nearby villages and engaging with the local community. Experience traditional dances, learn about their customs, and gain insights into their nomadic way of life, adding depth to your journey.

Best Time to Visit:

The optimal time to climb Mount Meru and explore Arusha National Park is during the dry season, from June to October and December to February. These months offer favorable weather conditions with milder temperatures and clearer skies, enhancing the overall trekking and wildlife-viewing experience.

Getting There:

Arusha serves as the gateway to Arusha National Park, with Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) being the primary point of entry for international travelers. From Arusha, it is a short journey to the park’s entrance, where Mount Meru awaits eager adventurers.


  • 4×4 land cruiser top-up roof.
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • All accommodation while on Safaris.
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional}
  • All Taxes/VAT


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips. 
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees

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