5 Days and 4 Nights ,Mount Meru Hiking Safari

Safari Highlights: Climbing Mount Meru is quite fascinating. The mountain last erupted in 1910 and therefore can be classified as an active volcano. Mount Meru is regarded as Mount Kilimanjaro’s little sister, standing at 4,566m compared to 5,895m, but is still an impressive freestanding volcano, which makes a superb four day climb to the top. The town of Arusha lies at the base of Mount Meru with wild animal frequently found on this mountain. Therefore, an armed ranger usually accompanies the trekkers. Mount Meru hiking is a strenuous climb so you need to be very fit in order to achieve this trek; you should be used to long distance trekking and should have some high altitude experience. The first Mount Meru ascent was made by Dr. Fritz Jaeger, in 1904. From Kilimanjaro airport, the mountain is about one and quarter hours to Arusha. From Nairobi airport it is about 5 hours drive to Arusha which is an interesting drive and gives you a good feel about the place and the way people live. Well worth the trip! This trek is often done as a warm up and acclimatization climb for Mount Kilimanjaro. Many tour companies offer a combination package. The mountain is unspoilt and less congested as compared to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport, you will be transferred to Arusha arriving ready for lunch and rest in your hotel where you will be accommodated ready for the climbing the next day. Alternatively, on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will then transfer you to your hotel for overnight rest on bed and breakfast basis ready for the next day’s climbing expedition.

Dinner and overnight at a Arusha Hotel

DSC09719Day 2: Arusha – Mt. Meru Park Gate – Mariakamba Hut (4-5 hours)

After an early breakfast, you will be driven from Arusha to the Mt. Meru Park Gate where you will be met by our Game Ranger and porters. You will have a picnic lunch as you hike for a few hours to Mariakamba Hut at 8,500 ft. From here you may wish to take an evening walk on the slopes to view wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mariakamba Hut

Day 3: Mariakamba Hut – Saddle Hut (3-4 hours)

After breakfast hike to up to 11,500 ft to arrive at Saddle Hut. If time permits you can climb a little further on Mount Meru for a scenic view of the ‘Roof of Africa’, Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also be part of more acclimatization.

Dinner and overnight stay at Saddle Hut

Day 4: Saddle Hut – Meru Summit (4-6 hours) – Mariakamba Hut

You will have an early rise to hike all the way to the summit before the afternoon clouds cover the summit. From the summit, you will descend back to the 11,500 ft Saddle Hut in time for lunch. After lunch, hike down to Mariakamba Hut for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mariakamba Hut

Day 5: Mariakamba Hut – Arusha

You will enjoy breakfast at the camp and spend the morning at leisure. You will then descend to the park gate to connect with your waiting transfer vehicle back to your Arusha Hotel or back to Nairobi.

End of Safari

Package cost: kindly inquire by E-mail (cost depends on the number of people traveling and the season of travel)

Prices quoted include:

* Transport to and from Nairobi to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha town and back

* Transport from your hotel to the Park Gate

* Mt Meru route trek as itinerary depicts

* All services begin and end at Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary

* Accommodation and 3-meal plan while in mountain huts or tents when camping

* Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook together with treated water on the trek

* All National Park entrance and camp site fees, Rescue fees, Hut fees,

* All food – breakfasts, lunches (packed if necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook.

* Return airport transfers from/to Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport

Prices quoted exclude:

* Travel and personal accident insurance

* Tips, Visas, International flights and taxes

* Personal hiking equipment-sleeping bags, boots etc

* Expenditure on all drinks

* Medical evacuation insurance

* Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary