Mount Meru is one of Africa’s highest and most beautiful volcanoes. The route to the summit passes through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. Finally, the summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge that provides stunning views of the ash cone several thousand feet below. There are also great views of the nearby Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This climb is used by many as an acclimatization for a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb but it is an excellent trek in its own right. It also requires fewer days to climb so those without enough time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro may consider this option. In addition, it is proportionally less expensive than a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.
The mountain in located inside of Arusha National Park. Here, over 400 species of birds, rhino, elephant, buffalo, baboon, warthog, black and white Colobus monkey and duiker are all found in this delightful “gem amongst parks.”
The mountain has only one route to climb, the Momela route. This can be achieved in either three or four days.
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa. Long overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, trekkers are starting to take notice of this beautiful glacial peak.
An ancient dormant volcano, its flanks have been shaped and molded to dramatic affect by glaciations. Mount Kenya plays host to dense bamboo and rainforest on its lower slopes and rare Afro-alpine moorland and plant-life at higher elevations.
Alongside the climbers’ twin peaks of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m) lies the no less dramatic trekkers’ peak at Lenana (4,985 m). The trek up Mount Kenya demands a degree of fitness and altitude smarts, but it rewards all the way to the peak.
This is a very attractive park because of its uniqueness in supporting different species of wildlife such us buffalo, elephant etc. Point Lenana is the most popular visited peak in this mountain.