At 4566 metres tall, Mount Meru is one of the highest mountains in Africa and the second highest in Tanzania, after Kilimanjaro. This conical volcano last erupted more than a century ago.

Some 250 000 years ago, a massive volcanic explosion blew away the entire eastern side of the mountain giving Mount Meru its distinctive form.

Highlights of Mount Meru Hiking

  • Hike through an enchanting diversity of habitats, changing zones within a few hours
  • Less crowded than more commercial climbs and famous peaks, such as Kilimanjaro
  • More affordable than hiking up the better known mountains of Africa
  • Spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Tanzanian Highlands
  • Unique and beautiful vistas of the Mount Meru crater and ash cone
  • Home to some 400 bird species and herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as leopard, giraffe, baboon, warthog and monkey
  • Ideal acclimatization hike to prepare for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The Mt Meru hike passes through diverse vegetation zones, from dry Savannah forest on the lower slopes to a thick mountain rain forests and open scrub lands. Nearing the summit ever-thinning heath and moorland vegetation gives way to striking alpine desert, barren and still.

Climbers regularly sight large game along this incredibly scenic hike, including elephants, buffalos and sometimes even leopards, along with various other animals and birds.