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Main Tanzania Safaris Mount Meru Climb - 4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 01:
After meeting the armed Park ranger to accompany us, and registering ourselves at Momella Gate, the climb then starts out in the grasslands of the lower slopes where we will encounter: giraffes, buffalos and warthogs and then lush forest inhabited by bushbucks, red duikers, blue / Skye's monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys and some variety of birds to Miriakamba Huts, 2515m / 8,250ft. (3 - 4 hours walk).

Mt. Meru summit view from Miriakamba Hut, 2515m / 8,250ft.
Day 02: 
Our destination today is Saddle Huts (3560m / 11,700ft) and along the way we will stop Mgongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge) viewpoint for lunch.
After getting to our camp and resting we will hike to the summit of Little Meru (3810m / 12,500ft), which has spectacular views of Mt. Meru's summit, and the sheer cliffs of the crater wall. As the sun sets behind us we can watch the glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro turn different hues of orange and red… spectacular! (3 - 4 hours walk from Miriakamba to Saddle hut).

Day 03: 
We start out in early morning at 2.00 am in order to see the sunrise from behind Mt. Kilimanjaro. Along the way will pass Rhino point (2870m / 12,700ft) then like narrow ridge of the crater to summit itself. If the weather is clear, we see the active volcano of Mt. Oldoinyo Lengai to the west, and below us the town of Arusha and the plains of the Maasai steppe. From the summit we return to Miriakamba Huts for overnight after stopping for lunch and a while rest at Saddle Huts. (4 ½ - 5 hours walking from Saddle Huts to the summit, 2 ½ hours back to Saddle Hut from the summit, and 2 ½ hours more continuing to Miriakamba Huts)

Day 04:
We will descend back through the forest and arrive at Momella Gate by noon where we stop for picnic lunch and representation of certificates. Finally, we will have a drive back to Arusha Tourist Accommodation - ATA HOTELS by our vehicle(s).

INCLUDED: All park entry fees, hut fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, guide and porters.
NOT INCLUDE
:Sleeping bag, tips for your guide and porters and other personal things of nature.

 

 

Arusha Town is at the foot of Meru Mountain (4556m) with a temperate climate throughout the year.  It was established in 1900 by the German colonialists as a garrison, and became the Headquarter of the former East African Community in 1967-1977. Its prominence has very much increased in recent years by becoming again the headquarter of the revived E.A.C and the base of the United National International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR).
The modern history of Arusha starts with arrival of Wa-Meru on the Mount Meru in 17th Century, then came the Wa-Arusha, who are known as Larusa by the Maasai,  (as among the Maa speaking people) to settle and spread up around the mountain

 

Arusha is the tourists' gateway to Tanzania's major national parks and game reserves, such as Arusha National ParkLake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation AreaTarangire National Parkand Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa. Many documentary and feature-length films have been set in and around Arusha, including the 1962 Howard Hawks film Hatari with John Wayne
The Arusha Town takes the advantage of being located near the border with Kenya, and is well served by Arusha Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA is just about 45 minutes drive). There are daily Schedule domestic flights from Arusha Airport and Kilimanjaro Airport to Dar es SalaamZanzibar and Nairobi). Well served by shuttle buses from/to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam; and many other major towns in Tanzania. 
This position has made it to be a starting point for safari in the northern tourist circuit (north-eastern Tanzania).
Banking: there are several ATM Machine in the city to serve for VISA and Master Cards, as well as Maestro (multi-national debit card), but cash in Tshs. There are several foreign exchange (Forex) bureaus in Arusha
Super Markets, public offices (Police, Post, and Immigration), curio and craft shops are all available to carter for your needs.
Culture Tourism:  the town is blended with cultural diversity; the main ethnic groups in and around Arusha are Iragw, Wa-Meru, WA-Arusha, Maasai, Sonjo, Gorowa, Rangi, Chaga and Pare who live on the surrounding areas: these tribes offers the opportunities to visit them and learn about their cultures and interact with them.
 
 
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