Mount Meru 1 Day Hike Arusha National Park - Tanzania
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A short and rewarding 1-day Hiking Trek up Mount Meru in Tanzania. The tour begins and ends in Arusha and you trek up the direct route close to Miriakamba Hut. Mount Meru is in Arusha National Park, situated east of the Great Rift Valley and about 40 km southwest of Kilimanjaro mountain.
The mountain is about an hour’s drive from Arusha town, to Momela Gate (1514 meters/ 4967 feet), the main entrance, then drive 15 km inside the park to the starting point, for the Mt. Meru climb.
You depart Arusha and head to Arusha National Park in the morning, to begin our trek up Mount Meru. Upon arrival at the entrance gate of Arusha National Park, your guide completes the necessary paperwork and continues to the nearby Momella Gate. Day hikers can easily trek up the direct route close to Miriakamba Hut. It takes 3 – 4 hours depending on your stamina and pace.
The hike starts at Momella Gate of Arusha National Park at 1,500 meters and treks close to Miriakamba Hut at 2,500 meters. During our 1 day hike up Mount Meru, trekkers get to see distant views of Mt. Kilimanjaro at a distance and animals such as Buffalo, Giraffe, Warthog, Dik-dik, Monkeys, etc.
Birds likely to be seen include Turacos, Hornbills, and Butterflies such as the Golden-winged forester, and Mocker Swallow tailed among others.
For the first scenic leg of the hike, an armed park ranger accompanies us through the game territory, helping to spot any roaming giraffes and Buffalos in the area. From there we hike into the acacia forest, following the Southern Route up the slopes.
A steady two-hour-long climb brings us to Maio Falls and its lovely pastures. From the falls we hike to the ‘Arched Fig Tree’ a well-known attraction that your ranger tells us more about. Learn how the tree formed its arched shape, framing our path.
We walk on for another one and a half hours or so until we get to close Miriakamba Hut. A picnic lunch will be served at a convenient picnic site followed by some rest, then begin descending through the outer route (as per the park ranger’s advice and guidelines) which is an easier hike down to the Momella Gate taking approximately 2 to 3 hours, passing through game viewing land.
Keep a lookout for wildlife, including Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, and black and white Colobus Monkeys, as we cover the final leg of our hike. Reaching the gate, we say goodbye to the guide and depart from Arusha National Park and transfer to Arusha where our Mount Meru 1-day Hiking Tour ends.
Hiking Itinerary in Detail
0800 Hours: Depart Arusha town after breakfast at your hotel/ residence and drive to Mount Meru in Arusha National Park. The drive takes about 40 minutes to get to Momella Gate.
0900 Hours: Complete registration formalities, thereafter we drive to the park headquarters, and begin our trek (3 to 4 hours walking) guided by a park ranger and a local guide following the track through the forest to the crater floor and then steeply close to Miriakamba Hut (2514 meters). Along the way look out for Giraffes, Warthog, Buffalo, Antelopes, and other grazers.
The going is tough because of the steepness but with a glance back over your shoulder, the views are spectacular across the Momella Lakes to Mount Kilimanjaro.
1300 Hours: Picnic lunch at a picnic site and a good rest. Afterward, descend by the Outer route which is an easier hike down to the gate approximately 2 to 3 hours.
1600 Hours: We should reach Momella Gate by late noon (2-3 hours walking).
1800 Hours: Once you reach the Gate end of the climb transferred back to Arusha.
Mount Meru 1 Day Hike Arusha National Park Tanzania Prices
Mount Meru 1 Day Hike Arusha National Park Tanzania Rates Includes:
Picnic Lunch Box + Arusha National Park Entrance Fees + Arusha National Park long walking fees + Services of a local Guide & entrance fees + Game Ranger escort Service fee for climbing Mount Meru, and Return transfers from Arusha town to Arusha National Park & back to the hotel
|Price Per Person
|Child Aged 10 to 12 Years Old
|1st January 2024
|31st December 2024
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* African Spice Safaris can provide you with the following services at an extra fee;
– Booking accommodation for you in Arusha (The night before and after the safari in case your flight is on the next day)
– Airport transfers: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha Town & Arusha Town – Kilimanjaro International Airport
* Our day trip will take around 7 hours including ascent and descent and you will be covering around 18 km both ways. Kindly note that the times indicated on the itinerary are just estimates assuming that everything is in order according to the plan
Mount Meru 1-Day Hike Arusha National Park Tanzania Rates Do Not Include:
* Visa Fees
* Rescue fees
* Personal Insurance
* International Flights
* Accommodation in Arusha Town or Moshi Town
* Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary, and optional activities