• 5 Days from
    $860 p/p in USD
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    Year Round

African Exposure

  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

At 4,568 m Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and fifth highest in Africa. It’s a dormant stratovolcano, west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Passing through different vegetation zones on your climb, you may encounter wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, antelope and baboon as well as spectacular views. Mount Meru is often used as an acclimatization climb prior to Mount Kilimanjaro.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Kilimanjaro International Airport, end in Kilimanjaro International Airport

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 860 per person

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation with lunch, dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
  • Qualified safari guide and driver
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as soft drinks during the safari
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • National Park rescue fees
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Salaries for safari guide as per guidelines set by Tanzania National Park
  • A comprehensive safari travel info pack
  • Flying Doctor Service.
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees

What's Excluded

  • Flights and visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for our crews


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘African Exposure
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • African Exposure‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

We pick meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Arusha for check in. Afterwards we meet at a designated place in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Afterwards relax until the next day when we will meet you ready for the drive to Momela Gate.

We drive from Arusha to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the gate our walk begins with a fully armed ranger escorting us. Along the way look out for elephant, zebra, giraffe, baboon, antelope and monkeys. Dinner and overnight night at Miriakamba Hut.

  • Elevation (m): 1,387 m to 1,500 m
  • Elevation (ft): 4,921 ft to 3,000 ft 
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the Saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. It takes us slowly along the ridge with fantastic views of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After a hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820 m) for superb views just before sunset. Dinner and overnight night at Saddle Hut.

  • Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 3,570 m
  • Elevation (ft): 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest and moorland

We start early at around 1:30 am to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m) and on to Cobra Point (4350 m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) in time for sunrise and you may be able to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. We take a short rest and brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent to Meriakamba Hut where we stay the night.

  • Elevation (m): 3,570 m to 4,565 m to 2,514 m
  • Elevation (ft): 14,977 ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250 ft
  • Distance: 5 km up 13 km down
  • Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert moorland and montane forest

We take a short and fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with the possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to return you to your hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m
  • Elevation (ft): 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft to 4,921 ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking time: 2-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

This will be the end of your Mount Meru experience, we hope you have enjoyed it – you come as clients but you leave as friends.

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