Climb Mt. Meru
Ruka Juu when you climb Mt. Meru. Ruka Juu means "Jump High" in Kiswahili. Mt Meru is the 5th tallest mountain in Africa and is Tanzania's 2nd highest peak. Gorgeous, lush and formidable, it is often recommended to prepare hikers for Mt. Kilimanjaro. For a less intense excursion, consider Mt. Meru. During this 4-day climb, experience elevated heights, along with wildlife sightings. Elephants, giraffes and buffalo are quite common in this area. Pace yourself and enjoy the scenery. Porters will help you carry everything you will need on this journey. An armed ranger will protect you from any predator animals and guide you along the way.
Mt. Meru Facts
Mt. Meru was once an active volcano. Ash and hardened volcanic lava combined to form the surface. The ash is the reason why the land is so fertile. The last eruption was in 1910. Mount Meru is located within Tanzania’s Arusha National Park. This mountain is 212 square miles and 14,980 square feet high. Take full, complete breathes as you journey slowly to the peak. The best time to attempt Mt. Meru is June through December, although it may rain in November. Views are the most stunning from December through February. Vistas of Mt. Kilimanjaro are possible from Mt. Meru.
What to Expect
Although Mt. Meru is affectionately known at Mount Kilimanjaro’s little brother, it is not for the faint of heart. Acclimating to the high altitudes will take time. Pole-pole, is a phrase that you will hear the porters and rangers use often. It means slowly-slowly in Kiswahili. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Hydrating and eating nutrient rich foods is also important. This safari is physically taxing. Engaging in long walks and hikes is imperative for a successful trek. You will see the porters wearing minimal gear. This is because they have grown up in these mountains and accustomed to the terrain. We will provide a list of gear and equipment items for your success.
On day one, you will start at Momela Gate. From there you will trek along streams and gaze past effervescent waterfalls. In the evening, porters will prepare food while you get settled in the grass house for a night’s rest. From Mariakamba you will journey to Saddle hut. You can opt to traverse to little Meru Summit. This will aid in your acclimatization. Exploring a neighboring Maasai village is another option. Day 3 is the final leg of your journey to the top. After walking 2 hours to Rhino Summit, gaze at the amazing sunrise before continuing to Meru Summit. Give praise and thanks for the adventure of a lifetime. You have ascended to the top!
Hike Mount Meru in confidence, knowing that everything you need is at your fingertips. Transfers to and from Arusha National Park is included. Overnight stays in mountain huts is inclusive. A ranger, porters and veteran guides is also part of the package. Park fees, emergency rescue fees and cooked food is included in your hike. You won’t have to concern yourself with drinking water, as purified, bottled water will be provided on your journey. Local airport transfers are covered as well. When you choose Afrikabisa Adventures & Safaris, your ascendance to the top couldn’t be easier.