Mount Meru

Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest peak after Kilimanjaro, is a sight to behold. Here’s what you need to know about this stunning dormant volcano:

Geography and Geology:

  • Located in Arusha National Park, 70 kilometers west of Kilimanjaro.
  • Dormant stratovolcano with a height of 4,566 meters (14,980 feet).
  • Its caldera is 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) wide.
  • The last eruption occurred in 1910.

Biodiversity and Landscapes:

  • Diverse ecosystems range from savanna grasslands to tropical rainforests, moorlands, and even a desert-like summit.
  • Home to nearly 400 species of birds, including monkeys, leopards, and even the occasional elephant.
  • Offers stunning views of the surrounding plains and, on clear days, even Kilimanjaro itself.

Hiking and Climbing:

  • A popular choice for trekkers looking for a challenging but achievable climb.
  • Several routes are available, ranging from 3 to 4 days, with varying difficulty levels.
  • The most popular route is the Meru Crater Route, offering diverse landscapes and spectacular views.

Interesting Facts:

  • Featured in the film “Hatari!” released in 1962.
  • Part of the Eastern Rift Mountains, a geological feature stretching from the Red Sea to Mozambique.
  • An important water source for the surrounding communities.

Planning Your Trip:

  • The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October.
  • Permits are required for trekking, obtainable from Tanzania National Parks.
  • Consider hiring a guide for safety and knowledge of the mountain.
  • Be prepared for diverse weather conditions and challenging terrain.

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