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Mt Meru

Mount Meru is Mount Kilimajaro's little sister standing at 4,566m compared to Kili's 5,895m. The mountain is located within Arusha National Park.

Fast Facts

Major Attractions
  • Active stratovolcano
  • 2nd highest peak in Tanzania
  • 400 species of birdlife
  • 3-4 day trek to summit
  • Mount Meru is 4,565 metres high.
  • The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, part of the northern circuit of Tanzania. Mount Meru is 70km(43miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro.


Mount Meru is one of Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes, and it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. Mount Meru is Mount Kilimajaro’s little sister standing at 4,566m compared to Kili’s 5,895m. The mountain is located within Arusha National Park. This prime location gives climbers the opportunity to spot some of the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. When on a Mount Meru trek , the ascend is quite steep, the early parts of the trail pass through lush rain forests of fig trees and colobus monkeys high in the canopy. The route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. As you climb higher the cloud forest clears in the late afternoon to reveal striking vistas of Kilimanjaro and the volcano chain on the edge of the Rift Valley. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. Weather permitting, Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen in the West. Mt. Meru most recently had a minor eruption about a century ago. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.

So while Kilimanjaro offers the chance to scale to the ‘roof of Africa, its slightly smaller neighbour is certainly not lacking in adventure.


The best time to climb Mount Meru is between October and February, and also June through to September.

Accommodation at Mt Meru