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Meru West

Tanzania Travel Guide

Practical information on Meru West

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
In an expedition organised from Arusha
When to go
Outside of the rainy season
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Meru West

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Mount Meru is a volcano situated near Arusha , and near Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya , the two highest summits in Africa. Moreover, it is the 4th highest summit of the continent, culminating at an altitude of 14967 ft.

My suggestion:
Do not hesitate to climb Mount Meru, it is spectacular! Negotiate the price of the expedition in Arusha well and play the serious agencies in competition off against each other (find out about the reputation of the agencies that you approach).
My review

I adored ascending Mount Meru! First of all, I had neither enough money nor time to do Kilimanjaro (700 pounds minimum, 7 to 10 days), the same for Mount Kenya just opposite (minimum 350 pounds), especially as there is a 35 pound visa fee for entry to Kenya. I therefore "fell back" on Mount Meru, which requires a minimum of 3 or 4 days climbing for only 240 pounds.

It was an excellent choice, for Kilimanjaro, when I eventually went there, had its head permanently in the clouds (climbing to the top is therefore pointless), and Mount Meru is already very high! I bivouacked for 3 and a half days with good guides and good equipment. The view is splendid and impressive! It is a horseshoe shaped volcano actually facing Kilimanjaro. In between the two, you can see Momela Lake. Honestly, the expedition is magnificent!