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Thrilling Tanzania Safari

Mount Meru climbing in four days trekking is good for acclimatization prior to Mount Kilimanjaro climbing. The mountain is the third highest peak in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. You will get an opportunity to view one of the best savanna and forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards. This could be your complete holiday, so, what are you waiting for? Come and join this safari in Tanzania!

Key Information:

  • Group tour with a min of 2 and max 20 persons in a 4x4 safari vehicle during game drives
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children from the age of 7 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Main animals to view: leopard, elephant, buffalo
  • All park fees included

Highlights

  • Group joining safari
  • Mount Meru trekking
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • Chance to explore third highest peak in Africa
  • Emergency evacuation by flying doctor
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals while on the mountain
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:30
Check-out Time:
17:00

You will be accommodated at Milimani Lodge on day one and four, Miriakamba Hut on day two, and in a little Meru on day three.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Avocet Tanzania Sadaris Ltd. will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha at Milimani Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. You stay at Milimani Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. You will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. Avocet Tanzania Sadaris Ltd. will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514 meters)

You start from Momella Gate (1,500 meters) in the late morning. The track soon passes some open grassland, with a good chance of seeing buffaloes and warthogs, and then continues as a steady climb through montane forest. You take lunch at, or near the Fig Tree Arch, which is big enough to drive a car through! After lunch, the route continues through less dense forest, where there is an abundance of birds and monkeys. The black and white colobus monkeys are particularly fascinating to watch. By mid-afternoon, there are the first closer views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. You reach Miriakamba Hut (2,514 meters), situated in an idyllic grassy glade, in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro, (5 - 6 hours walking).

Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,570 meters)

The walk from Miriakamba Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a short day but a steep and sustained climb all the way. You walk through attractive, open, and lush montane forest to reach the halfway point of Elephant Ridge. This has excellent views of the summit ridge and across most of the crater floor. Whilst resting, you might spot elephants or other animals from here. The path continues uphill through giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut (3,570 meters), where lunch is waiting for you. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views. The more energetic can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 meters) for superb views just before sunset, (3 - 6 hours walking).

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate (1,500 meters)

An early start at around 14:00 to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3,800 meters), and then continue along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 meters) around sunrise. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the Crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and west towards the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Peak (4,566 meters) is an hour more on a superb but often steep path.

The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light on a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. You rest and have brunch at Saddle Hut before continuing the descent through Miriakamba Hut and down to reach Momella Gate by early evening (11 - 14 hours walking) and transfer to Milimani Lodge in Arusha for overnight.

Note: The ridge between the summit and Rhino Point is not suitable for those suffering from vertigo. In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point. Take the direct route down towards Momella through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the national park. You should reach Momella Gate by late morning. (2 - 3 hours walking)

Day 5

Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The private departure transfer is included.

Location

This safari will take place in Tanzania including Arusha and Mount Meru. Arusha National Park has three distinct zones: Ngurdoto Crater (often discribed as a mini Ngorongoro), the Momella Lakes, a group of shallow alkaline lakes fed by underground streams, and Mount Meru, one of the most rewarding mountains to climb in Africa.

Food

You will be served vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Group joining safari
  • Mount Meru trekking
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • Emergency evacuation by flying doctor
  • Walking poles
  • Guides, porters, cook salaries, and park fees
  • All park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Government taxes, VAT, and all relating service charges
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Meals while on the mountain
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Optional tours (short safari after your climb, etc.)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Tanzania visa (50 USD per person on arrival)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Avocet Tanzania Sadaris Ltd. will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

You can arrive by shuttle bus from Nairobi and by public bus from Dar es Salaam.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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The price for 7 persons coming together is 1,045 USD per person.

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