When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International airport, you’ll be picked up by a member of our team and transferred to the Meru View Lodge for two night’s of rest and relaxation before your climb begins.
The Meru View Lodge is set in a tranquil environment on the foothills of Mt. Meru, five minutes from Arusha National Park. At an altitude of 4593 ft (1400 m) above sea level, the acclimatization process can begin.
The day before your climb, you’ll meet your guides for a climb briefing, they’ll answer any questions you have and check your gear. We can arrange a walk in Arusha National Park (with an armed ranger) for game viewing, or you can opt to go into Arusha town for some last-minute shopping or a meal.
Set in ten acres of peaceful gardens, with a pool, comfortable, airy rooms, and excellent food, it’s the perfect place to recover after a long flight. The 15 guest rooms are situated between 11 individual cottages, taking advantage of the gardens, some have a private patio or terrace to enjoy your morning coffee.
All rooms are ensuite with shower and toilet, with tea and coffee making facilities. The restaurant uses fresh, local produce to cater for all dietary requirements. Free WiFi is available so you can keep in touch with family and friends.
After your climb, you can arrange for the friendly staff to launder your climbing gear and even clean your muddy hiking boots, ready for your onward journey.
Arusha National Park is in Northern Tanzania and is the home of Mt. Meru, the second-highest peak in Africa. Sixty kilometers away from Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru is a stratovolcano formed at approximately the same time as Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley. There’s an abundance of game and bird-life, guided walks (with an armed ranger) are the best way to explore this park.
Climbing Mt Meru is an excellent pre-acclimatization trek for those wanting to climb Kilimanjaro. It takes 3-4 days to climb to the 14,980ft summit, with spectacular views across to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt Meru is not a technical peak, so you’ll need no climbing gear or mountaineering experience to safely reach the summit.
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