Mount Meru is mostly inside Arusha National Park in Tanzania. It is a 4,566 m / 14,980 ft ASL peak with approximately 3,170 m / 10,400 ft of prominence. Current routes are NON technical but the last stages on route to the summit involve some scrambling. As a peak it comes highly recommended as a doable trek for any one fit and determined.
You can do multi day treks on Mt Meru or even day trips for short hikes or extended hikes up to 4 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: hiking Mt Meru requires ARMED RANGERS as per park policy for protection against wild animals. due to the lack of enough rangers this means for the climbs you have to SHARE RANGERS. Whilst we have tried to book private rangers they simply cannot be guaranteed and will not be available in the high seasons. This means that for the first 2 days guests are often told to walk in larger groups with the ranger in the front which often frustrates guests that expected a privately guided hike. All of our trips are privately guided with our great A-Team of guides and crew, nevertheless we can’t get around this issue. You have been advised!
Meru is located in Arusha National Park, where you can hope to see buffalo, giraffe, antelope, baboon and colobus monkey, as well as numerous species of birds in the cloud forest and on the plains . It is not Tanzania’s greatest safari park by any stretch of the imagination, but it offers interesting game-viewing for those without time to venture as far as the Serengeti or Ngorongoro.
Meru works very well as an acclimatization for climbing Kilimanjaro . See our Kilimanjaro Combo and also consider our celebrated Africa Three Peaks expedition (get in touch to learn more). For more information, visit our Kilimanjaro pages, or contact us directly.
When to climb Kilimanjaro & Meru
Good seasons to climb are December – March and June to October.
You may want to climb Kili or Meru when the moon is full or nearly full. Reaching your chosen peak in the period three or four days before or after full moon will still ensure a moon-lit climb. We can advise on the best dates.
Interested in climbing Mt. Meru? Contact us for a quote. We offer combined individual Mt Meru climbs, as well as Meru/Kilimanjaro combos.