Mount Meru Climbing – Hiking, Safari and Beach holiday

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9 Days
Availability : Jan 2022’ - Dec 2023’
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details

Arrival Location - Kilimanjaro International Airport ( JRO)

Departure Location – Zanzibar Airport 

Mount Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. Mount Meru climbing, This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

The trek to the top of Mount Meru takes 3 to 4 days, and with our two trekking options you can decide whether you would like to tackle Meru at a fast or slightly slower pace and since Mt. Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit at sun rise will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater. Mount Meru is also known as the little brother to Kilimanjaro but it’s still the fifth highest mountain on the African continent. Come Mount Meru trekking with Inquisitive Africa Adventures for an experience you will never forget!

At Inquisitive Africa Adventures, we are pleased to offer combination treks of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru or Mount Meru and Safari, Mount Meru and Beach holiday or both Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, Safari and Beach holiday. Whether you choose to trek Mount Meru on its own or in combination, Meru will enthral with it stunning vistas of its surroundings and views of its big brother, Mount Kilimanjaro, to the east.

 Best Time to Take a Mount Meru Trekking Tour

Mount Meru can be trekked all year around, though the best time to tackle this mountain is during the dry season, from Mid-May to the beginning of March. If you’re considering a Mount Meru trekking tour during November or December you should expect occasional rains during these months. For the best views of the snow-capped rooftop of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, we recommend planning your Meru trek for January or February.

Mount Meru climb, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar –Tanzania

– 9 days Adventure, Trekking & climbing, Safari and Beach holiday in Tanzania
– Fantastic Adventures that leads you through many different vegetation zones: from grasslands to thick and lush green rainforest, heath and moorland along the knife edge of the crater rim, and alpine desert.
– Combination of climbing/Trekking Adventure & Safari & Beach Holiday

Tour Price in US$ Dollars per person Sharing a Twin Room (Valid for 2021 -2022)

Number of Pax


1 Person (Private Climb, Safari & Beach holiday)

US $ 4280

2 or 3  Person  (Private Climb, Safari & Beach)

US $ 2954

4 or 5  Pax  (Private Climb, Safari & Beach)

US $ 2545

6 Pax or more (Private Climb, Safari & Beach)

US $ 2390

Single Room Supplement

US $ 565

(22Dec- 07Jan) supplement $ 135 per person

New Year’s Eve 31-Dec- supplement $ 105 per person

Easter supplement of $ 35 per person.

 The above pricing is intended to serve as a guide. Pricing may vary based on changes or customizations made to the itinerary. Pricing assumes 2 guests sharing a room.



On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be met by your Inquisitive driver who will transfer you to Masailand Lodge for your overnight stay. Located in Arusha, Masailand Safari Lodge offers the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure. Strategically located at a base and the best view of Mt. Meru. Freshen up after your journey to Tanzania and unwind in the lush gardens before enjoying a delicious meal. Enjoying the remarkable view of Mount Meru by just walking in the tropical garden. Get an early night’s rest before your safari itinerary kicks off in the morning! Overnight Masailand Safari Lodge or similar (with Dinner and breakfast included)


Altitude: 1,387 m (4,921ft) – 1,500 m (3,000ft)
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your driver guide/Inquisitive representative for your transfer through Arusha town to Momela Gate. After a short registration at the Gate A welcome table will be set up either at the entrance gate or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, hot drinks and snacks, allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. After hot/cold drinks and snacks, experience your first taste of the wild and beautiful Mount Meru, our walk will begin with full armed ranger escorting us, simply we can see along the way the wild animals including elephants, zebras, and giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. Dinner and overnight night at Meriakamba Hut.


Altitude: 2,514 m (8,250ft) – 3,570 m (11,712ft)
Hiking distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3–5 hours
Habitat: Forest and Moorland
You rise early at Meriakamba hut and after breakfast, the walk from Meriakamba 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 hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) for superb views just before sunset. The crew will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping.


Altitude: 3,570 m (11,712ft) to 4,565m (14,977ft) to 2,514 m (8,250ft)
Hiking distance: 5 km to 13km down
Hiking time: 12–14 hours
Habitat Alpine Desert, Moorland and Montane forest
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 Momella gate. The returning transfer will be waiting at Momella Gate to pick you and transfer back to your Hotel in Arusha.


After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with Inquisitive representative for your transfer through Arusha town to Tarangire National Park. A welcome table will be set up either at the entrance gate or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, cold drinks and snacks, allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. After hot/cold drinks and snacks, experience your first taste of the wild and beautiful Tarangire National Park on an afternoon game drive with one of the superb guides. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to freshen up and relax. Once refreshed you either have the option of going on a night drive or heading straight to the dining area for dinner and a drink by the camp fire. Overnight at Eco-science Lodge or similar (with Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast)


After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your driver to Ngorongoro Crater, an early start to the day is best in order to avoid the later influx of tourists into the Ngorongoro Crater. The park gate opens at 0600, so it is best to be there as close to this time as possible. There are a number of lions which are typically larger in size than an average lion due the large amount of game in the area. The crater floor tends to get very busy, with there often being numerous vehicles at any wildlife sighting.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano erupted and collapsed some three million years ago. Had it not become a caldera, it is possible that the volcanic mountain would be about the same height as Kilimanjaro. The caldera is 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor, surrounded by some of the 25,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, wildebeest, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species, can often be seen feeding at Makat Soda Lake as well. Afternoon drive to your lodge for your overnight stay. Overnight at Acacia Farm Lodge or similar (with lunch, dinner & breakfast)


After breakfast, pack your bags, depart lodge and will drive to the relevant airstrip (Moshi Airport, Kilimanjaro-JRO or Arusha Airport). Here you will bid your guide farewell as you board your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be met by a representative in Zanzibar and transferred by road to Zanzibar Pearl Beach Resort or Similar to freshen up and relax. Once refreshed you will then make your way to the dining area for dinner. Overnight at Zanzibar Pearl Beach Resort or similar (HB)


After breakfast, sightseeing and relaxing It’s fascinating to explore historic Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site or take a half day Stone Town Tour and shopping with Lunch (under your own arrangement) After the tour drive back to Zanzibar Pearl beach resort for dinner and overnight (HB)


Departure: After breakfast, you will depart to Zanzibar Airport for your flight home or connecting to Dar es Salaam Airport where your adventure ends, you will then catch your international flight and bid farewell to your guide for your onward journey. While the memories will last forever, we do hope you will return one day to retrace the steps of the adventure you just completed with us. We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip to your next destination.

• All climbing & Safari & Zanzibar rates quoted are based on a per person rate.

• Two nights’ accommodation at the Maasailand Safari Lodge in Arusha (before and after the climb)
o First night includes breakfast
• Return transportation from Arusha to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
• Return Airport transfers Kilimanjaro international Airport (JRO) & Arusha Airport
• Qualified guides with mountain crew
• All National park and entrance fees
• Hut accommodation
• Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
• Rescue fees
• Pulse oximeters
• First aid kit
• Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
• Boiled water on the mountain
• All meals on the mountain (breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
• Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
• Half board accommodation in Moshi and Arusha
• All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
• All park and entrance fees
• Safari Transportation with 4×4 vehicles/viewing roofs
• Professional English-speaking driver/guide during the safari.
• Bottled water in safari vehicles 

• Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
• Current Government taxes and levies
• Connecting flight to Zanzibar one way
• Return Airport Transfer in Zanzibar
• Hotel Accommodation in Zanzibar
• 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Tanzania.

• International flights
• Single rooms supplement
• Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
• Gears for your climb
• Sleeping bag
• Additional nights beyond the standard hotel nights included
• Entry Visas to Tanzania
• Unforeseen increases in park fees and government taxes
• Emergency oxygen
• Travel and health insurance
• Activities in Zanzibar (Optional)
• Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
• Meals, drinks and excursions not described in the itinerary
• Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage

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