Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru

Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru

Tanzania is not short on mountains, two of the most popular and well known are Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. Not only is Kilimanjaro (or Kili as the mountain is affectionately known) Africa’s highest peak at 5895m, it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Neighbouring Mt Meru, though not as high, at 4566m, is considered to be a more technical climb though not as physically demanding as Kili.

Climbing Mount Meru

If you aren’t keen on Mt Kilimanjaro then an assent of Mt Meru might be a better option. It will take you through different vegetation zones with some stunning scenery. This is Africa and you may come across wildlife during your climb, giraffe, buffalo, baboons and various members of the antelope family can be spotted so for safety you must always be accompanied by an armed park ranger.

When to visit Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru

As you might imagine, the best time to try any form of mountain climbing would be the dry season, that means January to March are good, there is no rain and it is less crowded. Mid-June to August conditions are good too, it is cold and there will be snow on the ground in June/July but the skies are beautiful and clear. September is popular and therefore busier. The days are warmer, there is a chance of cloud but conditions are good. October is also favourable for climbing, days are warm and there is a moderate chance of cloud and you will see fewer climbers. As the short rains begin in November, conditions become less favourable.

It is best to avoid the rains in late November and conditions can be variable into December too, the long rains occur in April, May and early June and we advise you avoid these periods.

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JUNE TO OCTOBER

  • This is the dry season with the best climbing conditions and visibility
  • September and October are warmer
  • There tend to be fewer climbers in October at the end of the high season
  • This is high season when there are the most climbers
  • The weather is generally colder than January to March

NOVEMBER TO MAY

  • Fewer climbers on the mountains
  • Dry and warm from January to March, with clear skies in the morning and evening
  • The main rains come in April and May and the visibility lessens
  • In November rain often occurs in the afternoons

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Marangu Route – this is the oldest route and the most popular.
Rongai Route – this route is becoming more popular and is also considered to be one of the easier routes.
Machame Route – is steeper than the Marangu route and some consider this to be the most scenic and beautiful route to the summit.
Shira Route – this is a popular longer route.
Lemosho Route – this is one of the quieter routes it has stunning views and scenery.
Umbwe Route – this route is seldom used. It is shorter and steeper than the others which makes acclimatisation a problem.
Western Breach Route – a risky climb and not for the feint hearted. It connects with the Lemosho or Umbwe Routes.

Northern Circuit Route – this is the route for a more remote climb.

Non-summit options – if summiting seems a bit daunting but you still want to hike on the mountain, then there are several options open to you.

Mountain/Trekking holidays

Below you will find some trekking itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these safaris, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Tanzania holiday..

Mount Meru Climb

Prices from £2,035 pp for 5 days
(exc. intl flights)

Climb Tanzania’s 2nd highest mountain. An exhilarating climb to the summit of Mount Meru, rewarded by superb views and a great sense of achievement.

Ngorongoro Highlands Trek

Prices from £1,895pp for 4 days
(exc. intl flights)

Calling all adventurers! Discover Tanzania on foot and away from the crowds.

Victoria Falls

A luxury short break in the Maasai Highlands

Prices from £3,195 pp for 5 days
(exc. intl flights)

Instead of the Scottish Highlands, try the Maasai Highlands .. staying in a luxury domed pod.

Places to Stay

Kilimanjaro and Meru region have a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are lots of options in town but if you prefer, you could opt to stay on one of the coffee plantations about 30 minutes away.

Arumeru River Lodge

Arumeru River Lodge

Mid-range, Arusha

Four Points Arusha Hotel

Four Points Arusha Hotel

Mid-range. Arusha

Ilboru Lodge

Ilboru Lodge

Modest, Arusha

Kia Lodge

Kia Lodge

Modest, Arusha

Machweo

Machweo

Deluxe, Arusha

Mount Meru Game Lodge

Mount Meru Game Lodge

Mid-range, Arusha

Onsea House

Onsea House

Mid-range, Arusha

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees Country Inn

Mid-range, Arusha