Mount Meru is located in Tanzania and is the fifth highest mountain in Africa. It is a great mountain to climb and offers spectacular scenery including the view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is unspoilt and less congested compared to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya counterparts. No wonder it is absolutely marvelous to enjoy 3 nights and 4 days mount Meru climb Tanzania
This is the Tour combination of Mount Meru Climbing and the incredible wildlife experiences at Northern Tanzania circuits.
Day 1: Arusha – Momela Gate – Meriakamba Hut
We drove from Arusha to Momela-Gate. After registration at the Gate we will begin to walk with a full armed ranger escorting us, along the way we can spot wild animals.
Dinner and overnight night at Meriakamba 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.
Day 2: Saddle Hut
The walk from Miriakamba-Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep climb. The walk will take us slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views.
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.
Day 3: Summit Day
We start early at around 1:30 a.m. to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 m.) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4,566 m) on time for sunrise there is a possibility to see Kilimanjaro Peak above the clouds. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridgeline 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 the Meriakamba Hut.
Elevation (m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m
Elevation (ft): 14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft
Distance: 5 km up 13 km down
Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.
Day 4: Meriakamba Hut – Momella Gate – Arusha
We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with a possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momella Gate in the late morning. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you to your hotel in Arusha
Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m
Elevation (ft): 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft to 4,921ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 2-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Dinner and overnight at Planet Lodge
Day 5: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park
We depart from Your Lodge and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Although it is small in size, this park is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. Lake Manyara covers two-thirds of the park. At the backdrop is the wall of the Great Rift Valley, before which lies the groundwater forest, areas of open grassland near the lake foreshore, and the Soda Lake. We enjoy a picnic lunch in this area, which consists of open grassy areas, hot springs, dense woodlands, and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise that has more than 350 species of bird. The park is also famed for its unique and elusive tree-climbing lions.
Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Day 6: Manyara to Serengeti
The Serengeti is a home to a staggering 1.6 million animals that have been recorded moving through the park. We will do a game drive until 1pm, when we break for lunch. After eating, there’s time for a little rest. Then we’re back out on the plain looking for more big games. We follow the trail of the migrating wildebeest through the afternoon, then venture back to overnight at Katikati Tented Lodge.
Day 7: Serengeti Full Day Game Drive
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide-open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top, we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of the interesting birdlife, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night.
Dinner and overnight at Katikati tented Camp
Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Morning game drive in Serengeti; afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
We have a final game drive in the Serengeti before heading back into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where we spend the night.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire
We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive-in Ngorongoro, we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally, we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino, and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steep’s sides of the crater.
Dinner and overnight at Swala Camps
Day 10: Tarangire National Park – Arusha – kilimanjarp International Airport
After your morning Breakfast, drive slowly to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania that covers an area of approximately 2,600 square kilometers. Tarangire is famous for its huge numbers of elephants, baobab trees and pythons. Here you will do a game drive the later you will head back to Arusha depending on your flight Schedule our driver will be on hand to transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your Flight back home.
Bon Voyage/ Safiri Salama/ Safe Journey