Mountain Climbing and Trekking
Tanzania is the home to many fantastic mountain ranges and peaks, the most famous being Mt Kilimanjaro. Each mountain has its own unique beauty and character, from the highest summit in Africa, Kilimanjaro, to the still active volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai.
Tanzania is becoming a popular place for mountain climbing for all types and levels of experience with many trails and peaks available to suit anyone.
Mount Meru is located in Tanzania and is the fifth highest mountain in Africa. It is a great mountain to climb and offers spectacular scenery, including views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is unspoilt and less congested compared to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.
Standing at 4566 m, Mount Meru is located in Arusha city about 23 km on Arusha-Moshi main road within the Arusha National Park. It’s also the second highest Mountain in Tanzania after the Mt. Kilimanjaro which has 5896 m.
The word Kilimanjaro is derived from the words “Kilima” and the word “Njaro”. Kilima is a Swahili word meaning “Little Mountain” (which is ironic as it is not little at all). There are different theories regarding the origin of the word Njaro. Some say it is a Swahili word meaning ‘shinning’ and some say it is a Chagga (native tribe in the Kilimanjaro region) word meaning ‘caravan’.
Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 5,895 m; Mawenzi 5,149 m; and Shira 3,962 m (13,000 ft). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.