leopards and spotted hyenas in the early morning and late afternoon. The slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mount Meru dominate this small park, as well as lush highland forests of ancient fig trees. When the clouds clear on the eastern horizon, you might even get a glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro.
Guided Walking Safari in Arusha National Park & Mount Meru Trekking
The striking façade of Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain, is the result of a massive volcanic blast that destroyed the eastern flank, some 250,000 years ago. Your ascent to the summit will take you on a journey from dry forests to dense mountain rainforest, which then gives way to scrubland. Higher up, heath and moorland take over, until all that’s left is the barren alpine desert. The changing wildlife is equally diverse and impressive, offering regular encounters with large game, such as elephants and buffalo, and you may even spot some leopards as you climb. Of course, it’s essential to be guided by an experienced and armed park ranger.