Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro's little sister, is part of the Arusha National Park located 45 km from Arusha town. The hike up Mt. Meru (4566m)is more physically demanding than Kilimanjaro, albeit only a 3-4 day hike (many climbers use this hike as a warm-up for the Kilimanjaro trekking). The first stage takes you through the acacia woodlands, past resident herds of buffalo and giraffe and up to the base camp hut. The summit can be reached in three days but many people take four days to really explore the mountain.
The Arusha National Park contains the 4556m high mountain, Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella soda lakes, as well as thick cloud and montane forests, acacia woodlands and grasslands. The park is home to elephants, huge herds of buffalo, bushbuck, giraffe and duiker, and therewith also the best place to observe the unique black-and-white colobus monkeys.
Day 01: Arusha to Mariakamba Hut 4-5 hours
Day 02: Mariakamba Hut - Saddle Hut 3-4 hours
Day 03: Saddle Hut - Summit - Mariakamba Hut 4-6 hours