Taking the shape of a strange half cone, the eastern side of Mount Meru’s once-intact crater was blown apart during its last eruption over a century ago. Encompassed by Arusha National Park, the mountain offers magnificent views of its counterpart, Mount Kilimanjaro, and is only an hour from the international airport that carries visitors to Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The strange half-moon of the mountain’s peak is a distinguishing remnant of the blast that ravaged this large volcanic protrusion which is still considered an active stratovolcano today. Its steeply inclining forested slopes provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for the nearby town of Arusha while birds such as the Narina and bar-tailed trogon flit between trees harbouring reclusive leopards and curious monkeys.
Mount Meru and its surrounding national park are an excellent start for those beginning their Tanzanian safari and making their way between the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro. Game-drives will reveal some of the parks inhabitants, including zebra, warthog, giraffe, and blue monkey; while its waters are dappled with crowds of pink thanks to the flamingos feeding in the Momela Lakes. The area is home to a number of lodges, tented camps, and eco-retreats eager to welcome guests to Tanzania.
- Only 60km from Mt Kilimanjaro and has splendid views of the continent’s highest mountain on clear days
- The surrounding savannah and forest are home to over 400 species of bird and interesting game such as zebra, warthog, buffalo, and giraffe
- Kilimanjaro International Airport is only one hour away
- Excellent place to begin your Tanzanian safari and great addition to an itinerary travelling between Mt Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti
- Still considered an active stratovolcano