Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,562.13 metres (14,968 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the fifth highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition.
Mount Meru is located just north of the city of Arusha, in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania, after Mount Kilimanjaro. The Momella route – which starts at Momella gate, on the eastern side of the mountain – is used to climb Mount Meru.
Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.
Mount Meru is part of the Arusha National Park located 45 km from Arusha town. The Park contains the 4556m high mountain, Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella soda lakes, as well as thick cloud and montane forests, acacia woodlands and grasslands. Home to elephants, huge herds of buffalo, bushbuck, giraffe and duiker, the Park is the also the best place to observe the unique black-and-white colobus monkeys.
The hike up Mt. Meru is more physically demanding than Kilimanjaro, albeit only a 3-4 day hike (many climbers use this hike as a warm-up to Kili). The first stage takes you through the acacia woodlands, past resident herds of buffalo and giraffe and up to the base camp hut. The summit can be reached in 3 days but many people take 4 days to really explore the mountain. The accommodation and provisions are the same as on our Kilimanjaro Expedition.