Standing at 4566 m, Mount Meru has located in Arusha city about 23 km on Arusha-Moshi main road within the Arusha National park. It’s also the second highest Mountain in Tanzania after the Mt. Kilimanjaro which has 5896 m. Most alpines climb this mountain for acclimatization purposes before their Kilimanjaro bid.
It takes three days to climb Mount Meru, but one extra day for acclimatization is recommended before climbing.
During climbing Mount Meru, a group of armed rangers accompanies climbers as they pass through the Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park is one of the popular walking safaris parks in Tanzania. The beautiful flora and fauna can be viewed on the way top.
Animals like buffalos, klipspringers antelopes, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, leopards, and waterbucks, hyenas, including black and white colobus, vervets and blue monkeys are among other common animals in the park. Several species of birds (more than 400 species) inhabit Ngurdoto Crater and Momela Lakes. Birds include pink & black lesser flamingos, Turaco, kingfishers, sunbirds, crows and the bustard.
Arusha National Park is also inhabited by a variety of snakes and reptiles rarely seen in the wild plains, black & green, mamba, Egyptian cobras, rattlesnakes, rhino horn chameleons, varieties of land and sea turtles and hippopotamus.