The dramatic crater of Mount Meru is often neglected in favor of its famous neighbor to the east, but a visit to this spectacular mountain, located within Arusha National Park, is an unforgettable experience. Its low slopes are covered in dense highland forest, where Colobus monkeys paly and Buffalo graze concealed beneath the thick foliage. The extinct Volcano’s extensive base give away to perfectly formed crater, and another internal crater with sharp, sheer cliffs. An ash cone forms a subsidiary peak and Momela lakes and Gurudoto Crater are visible from the slopes of the Mountain.
DAY 1- ARUSHA
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of Safariland Adventure’s guide, who will drive you to Safariland Cottages.
Renowned as the Safari capital of Tanzania, Arusha is tucked beneath the towering peaks of Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro. The town has numerous first class restaurant, bars and markets to browse and its ideal place to spend a day before your hike to acclimatize.
Later in the afternoon you will meet, your guide who will brief you on your anticipated climb.
For dinner you can have a pick of different restaurants, with varied cuisines from Tanzanian dishes to Italian, please just ask a member of staff for variations. If you would prefer to relax and not spend the night out of the cottages, Safariland also offers a menu on pre-order. (FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 2 – ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK: GAME DRIVE & WALKING TOUR
Arusha National Park is well known for one stop for acclimatization, especially for people going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Of course apart from acclimatization there are a number of activities within the park. Canoeing and walking around the park with an experienced guide is very famous. The Chalky River attracts thousands of flamingos each year giving a magnificent reflection of all pink in the water and is a beautiful sight. Dinner and overnight will be at Safariland Cottages (FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 3 – MT MERU – MIRIAKAMBA
In the morning we are collected from your hotel and transfer to Arusha National Park. At the Momela gate we finish registration formalities before setting off with your guide and armed ranger – there is abundant wildlife in the forests! The forest section is especially scenic with strangler figs and the possibility of seeing buffalo grazing in one of the clearings. In the late afternoon we reach a viewpoint before heading onto Miriakamba hut for dinner and overnight at a campsite. (FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 4 – MT MERU – SADDLE HUT
We set off from Miriakamba initially still in the forest zone but in a few hours as we reach Saddle hut for lunch in the alpine desert zone. In the afternoon a walk to the summit of Little Meru can be taken for stunning views before heading back to Saddle Hut for dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut (FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 5 – MIRIAKAMBA
We rise early and our hard work is rewarded at dawn as the sun rises to the East. Kilimanjaro is normally clearly seen from here and the sheer cliffs of the crater fall dramatically 1000 feet or more. We return back and after some brunch at Saddle Hut, we continue down to Miriakamba hut for dinner and overnight Miriakamba hut (FB: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
DAY 6 – MIRIAKAMBA
The final section takes up to 3 hours to return to our vehicles where we say farewell to our crew and have time for a short picnic lunch and game drive before returning to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Safariland Cottages (FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 7 – TRANGIRE
Toady you will spend time in Tarangire, also known as the home of elephants and is also famous for baobab trees with over 550 species of birds it’s, perfect for bird enthusiasts. Here you will have a chance to enjoy this great surrounding and within a short time have a feel of the true African wilderness. Dinner and overnight at Eileen’s Trees in Karau, please find link for the accommodation, www.eileenstreesinn.com (FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
DAY 8 – NGORONGORO CRATER
Today you will be spending time in one of Tanzania’s pride, the Ngorongoro Crater. A team member of Safariland Adventures will pick you up from the Lodge in Karatu and drive you to the Ngorongoro conservation area to start your descent into the crater
The crater is 610 meters deep, covering an area of 540 square kilometers. It is all the heaven to wild life, including the greatest predator population in Africa. The Volcanic crater is jam packed with wild life, including all the big 5 game. It is our hope that this place will not only amaze you with its vast scenery but you have a chance to see the last population of the black Rhino in Tanzania.
Lunch will be spent at a picnic area inside the crater with a view of zebras grazing at a distance, baboons playing on trees and different birds flying above. Later in the afternoon, drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Safariland Cottages. (FB: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 9 – A VISIT TO THE EE YEYOO BOMA (Cultural tour in Arusha)
This is a full day program. Guests will experience WaMeru hospitality, share their food and Language. One can take a walking tour around the Meru land with different sceneries, take part in handcraft making with a traditional women group and join in their song and dance (Mbere). Guests can listen to WaMeru stories, riddles and sayings from a storyteller or join in the day-to-day activities of the locals to have a better feel of how they live. Our guests enjoy learning the names and uses of medical plants, shrubs and trees as used by WaMeru.
DAY 10 – ARUSHA – TANGA
After breakfast, you will betaken to the bus station and start your journey to Tanga. Once you are in Tanga, there will be a guide waiting to take you to your hotel for dinner and over night. Its approximately 8 hours drive from Arusha to Tanga. Dinner and overnight will be at Mkonge Hotel.
DAY 11 – SAND BANK ISLAND TRIP AND SNORKELLING
Be sure to try this…. As you sail to one of the many sandbanks, round the magnificent islands by a wooden traditional dhow surrounded by the turquois water of the Indian Ocean eating fresh fruits it is a truly relaxing experience. Today you can also do some snorkeling and enjoy the beautiful vibrant colors of life under water.
Picnic lunch will be at one of the sandbanks surrounded by water, were you can relax, swim and enjoy your food before retiring to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12 AMBONI CAVES TOUR
Amboni caves are the most extensive limestone caves in East Africa. Formed 150 million years ago. Located 8 km north of Tanga City. The beautiful Amboni caves are the product of limestone formation sculptured by nature through fascinating and various colours depicting an underground wonderful World. Visitors to the cave can get a feeling by going into the cave. A distance of about one kilometer is considered enough to satisfy the visitor’s curiosity. It is daring to walk what is considered to be the whole length of the cave, but no known person has ever discovered the last limits of these natural caves
DAY 13 – BACK TO ARUSHA
Today you can take a bus back to Arusha. Dinner and overnight will be at Safariland Cottages or similar.
DAY 14 – ARUSHA TOWN – TOUR
On this trip, you will get an idea of life in one of the colorful city of Arusha. People of many different tribes and religions live together in Arusha mostly attracted by economic reasons and the booming economy. The guide will tell and show you daily life, habits and values of normal Tanzanians. Depending on your personal interests, you will visit for instance, colonial buildings like the whitewashed German Boma, the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC). It is in this building where International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is hosted. You have also other interesting places like, Railway station, monuments, Mosques, live markets, cemeteries, schools, orphanage centers, hospitals, and blacksmiths, the clock tower (the Center between Cape Town and Cairo by distance) among many other attractions. Or you can just do the last minute souvenir shopping.
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