When you arrive at Arusha town, Mount Meru is the first thing you notice.
With 4,566 meters (14,990 feet), the mountain is Africa’s fifth-highest peak and Tanzania’s second-highest summit after Kilimanjaro. Meru Summit, the mountain’s highest peak, and Ash Cone, a second peak inside the crater that was created as a result of more recent volcanic activity, are its two summits. On clear days, the Great Rift Valley and the Kitumbeini and Gelai volcanoes can be seen in the western portion, and Mount Kilimanjaro and the Kibo and Shira Plateau can be seen in the eastern portion.
The Momela Route allows for the ascent of the mountain in 3 or 4 days.
There is no other route to reach the peak.
For the climb, you don’t need any specialized gear, but you will need to be ready for the elevation rise. The best course of action is to take your time and allow for enough acclimatization.
The summit itself gives a fantastic view of tiny cones and craters, which are most likely the results of several volcanic eruptions in the past. The hike offers breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and animals on the wooded slopes.
The ascent of Mount Meru is an enjoyable experience.
You initially go through a savannah where there is a chance you may see buffalo and giraffes. Parkland, grassland, and a rainforest with red-hot pokers and Spanish moss may be found on Mount Meru’s lower slopes.
Huge lobelias cover the moorlands and the giant heather zone. In this alpine desert, you may see everlasting blooms close to the peak. A slender and desolate slope leads to the peak. Amazing views of the Ash Cone inside the crater are available from the peak. While climbing Mount Meru to its summit is the finest way to experience it, there are other ways to enjoy the mountain and its surroundings, including bird watching, animal viewing, paddling on the Small Momella Lake, and walking safaris throughout the national park.
The local fauna and birds are magnificent.
The lanner falcon, Levaillant’s cuckoo, and crowned eagle are among Mount Meru’s 400 distinct bird species that are most notable. Giraffes, white colobus monkeys, buffaloes, elephants, baboons, and flamingos may all be seen in the vicinity of the mountain.
Formation of Mount Meru
The Great Rift Valley was formed after a massive explosion caused the volcano that was standing on this region at the time, a million years ago, to lose its peak. Because of this eruption, Mount Meru has a horseshoe form. The last minor eruption of Mount Meru, which is still active, occurred in 1910. Dr. Fitz Jaeger was the first to ascend Mount Meru to its summit in 1904.
The Waarusha inhabitants of the area who travel to Mount Meru revere it as a holy site. Every year they offer the mountain a bull or a flock of sheep in exchange for a wet season. Miriakamba and Saddle Hut, two huts on Mount Meru, are available for overnight stays. Three campsites, a rest house, and a few hotels provide additional amenities in the Arusha National Park.