Mount Meru

Why You Should Climb Mount Meru Before Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Meru is perfect for acclimatization or a beautiful summit without the need to pass the 5000m altitude.

Are you planning to climb the highest mountain in Africa? While Mount Kilimanjaro is a famous destination for hikers and climbers, there is another mountain nearby that you should consider climbing first. Mount Meru, located just 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro, is an excellent warm-up hike before you tackle the big one. In this blog post, we will discuss three reasons why you should climb Mount Meru before Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Altitude

One of the main reasons why you should climb Mount Meru before Mount Kilimanjaro is the altitude. Mount Meru is 4,566 meters high, which is a significant altitude gain for most hikers. Climbing Mount Meru will help your body acclimate to the high altitude, which will make it easier for you to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It will also give you a chance to test your body’s response to high altitudes and make any necessary adjustments to your hiking plan before tackling the more challenging climb.

The Scenery

Another reason why you should climb Mount Meru before Mount Kilimanjaro is the scenery. Mount Meru is located inside Arusha National Park, which is a beautiful place to explore. During your hike, you will encounter various animals such as giraffes, buffalos, and baboons. You will also see different vegetation zones as you climb higher, from rainforests to alpine deserts. The views from the summit of Mount Meru are breathtaking and will give you a taste of what to expect when you climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Experience

Climbing Mount Meru before Mount Kilimanjaro will give you the experience you need to succeed on your Kilimanjaro hike. You will learn how to pace yourself, how to manage your gear, and how to deal with the challenges of hiking at high altitudes. You will also learn about the local culture and customs, which will enrich your overall experience. By climbing Mount Meru first, you will be better prepared for the more demanding climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.


In conclusion, climbing Mount Meru before Mount Kilimanjaro is an excellent way to prepare for the more challenging climb. It will help you acclimate to the high altitude, give you a taste of the beautiful scenery, and prepare you for the overall experience. So, if you’re planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, make sure to add Mount Meru to your itinerary. Happy hiking!

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Are you up for the challenge? Climbing Mt. Meru is a great way to push your limits and discover the beauty of Tanzania. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures to remember the experience!

To ensure a comfortable and safe hike, it’s important to pack warm clothes, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water. The best time to climb Mt. Meru is from June to February, during the dry season.

The trail takes you through a variety of ecosystems, from dense forest to moorland and alpine desert. Along the way, hikers may encounter a variety of wildlife, including giraffes, buffalos, and baboons.

Mt. Meru is located within the Arusha National Park in Tanzania, and offers a unique and memorable hiking experience for beginners. The trek takes 4-5 days and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

If you’re new to hiking and want to challenge yourself, climbing Mt. Meru is a great place to start! With a height of 4566 meters, it’s a great training ground before tackling Kilimanjaro.

Climbing Mt. Meru for Beginners

Are you looking for an exciting adventure to push your limits and explore the beauty of Tanzania? Climbing Mount Meru is a great option for beginner hikers who are looking to challenge themselves and experience the stunning landscapes of East Africa. In this blog post, we will discuss the details of climbing Mt. Meru, the preparation required, and the benefits of this unforgettable journey.

The Trail

Mount Meru is located within the Arusha National Park in Tanzania and stands at a height of 4566 meters. The trek up the mountain takes 4-5 days and is a great introduction to high-altitude hiking. The trail takes you through a variety of ecosystems, from dense forest to moorland and alpine desert. Along the way, hikers may encounter a variety of wildlife, including giraffes, buffalos, and baboons.
Summit details


To ensure a comfortable and safe hike, it’s important to pack warm clothes, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water. The best time to climb Mt. Meru is from June to February, during the dry season. It’s also recommended to acclimatize for a few days before starting the trek, especially if you’re coming from a lower altitude.

It’s essential to have a guide and porters to assist you in carrying your gear and setting up camp. Many tour operators offer packages that include a guide, porters, food, and camping equipment, making it easy for beginners to plan their trip.

The Benefits

Climbing Mt. Meru is an excellent way for beginner hikers to challenge themselves and prepare for more demanding treks such as Mount Kilimanjaro. The altitude gain and varied terrain offer a great training ground for those looking to improve their hiking skills. The breathtaking views from the summit reward hikers with a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring vistas.

Additionally, climbing Mt. Meru offers a unique cultural experience. Hikers will have the opportunity to learn about the local customs and interact with the friendly people of Tanzania. The journey up the mountain is an excellent opportunity for personal growth and reflection, making it a memorable and rewarding experience.


If you’re new to hiking and looking for an exciting adventure, climbing Mount Meru is a great place to start. The stunning landscapes, varied terrain, and cultural experiences make it an unforgettable journey. With proper preparation and a positive attitude, beginner hikers can conquer this incredible mountain and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Tell us, what is important to you

There are different options on and around Mount Meru and we want to make sure the tour meets your expectations.

The following effects the price:

  • who carries your backpack
  • only Meru or also Kili
  • how much time do you want to spend
  • which kind of hotel before and after the hike
  • airport pickup
  • tips for porters and guides included

Depending on the length, the group size and the service chosen, the prize will range from 1000€ to 1500€.

female/solo traveler

Traveling by yourself can be challenging, especially as a woman in a conservative country like Tanzania. Let us make it a remarkable journey.

family with kids

We love kids, but neither all tours, nor all hotels are suitable for them. Especially when you want them to roam freely. Places like our Kilimanjaro Lodge are perfect for kids.

on a budget

Tanzania is one of the purest countries yet one of the most expensive to travel in. We have been young before and can give you some tips how to save money

senior adventurer

This is for you when you are still curious to see the world, but do not want to compromise on comfort and individual service and do not mind to spend some more.

I can‘t remember a single morning in Africa, that I didn‘t wake up happy!

Ernest Hemingway

Claudi Vet Meru, Kili 18/02/2020

I climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanscharo with Django Tours and it was an unforgettable experience. Both ascents were accompanied by guides who were very confident and knowledgeable about what to expect from the climbs and they prepared us very well. Everybody in the group – porters, cooks and guides were super-friendly, funny and there was a great sense of belonging, especially on the Kili tour.

The organisation of the tour was impeccable and the accomodations in between were very well picked. In between the two climbs we went on a one-day safari to Tarangire, which was the perfect thing to do to rest our legs and have a wonderful insight into Tanzanian wildlife with lots of elephants, gazelles, giraffes, warthogs and colorful birds. Spending your holiday experiencing breath-taking moments on Mt Meru and Mt Kilimajaro are unforgettable in itself and it was a trip of a lifetime. Booking it with the Djanog Tour Team was a great decision. They are very forthcoming and accomodating and do everything they can to give you an unforgettable experience. I’d always book with them again!

Things To Know

How Django.Tours is offering the best service for you

Welcome to Django Tours! We are a reputable tour company that offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Tanzania. Our company specializes in providing customized tours that cater to the specific needs and interests of our clients.

We are committed to responsible tourism, which means that we take great care to ensure that our tours have a minimal impact on the environment and local communities. We achieve this by using eco-friendly accommodations, supporting local businesses, and promoting sustainable tourism practices.

Our knowledgeable and experienced local guides are one of the things that set us apart. They are passionate about Tanzania and have extensive knowledge of the country’s history, culture, and wildlife. This allows our clients to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Tanzania’s diverse offerings.

We offer a wide range of tours that cater to different interests and budgets. From wildlife safaris to cultural tours, beach vacations, and mountain climbing expeditions, we have something for everyone. Clients can choose from pre-designed tour packages or work with us to create a customized itinerary that meets their specific needs.

In summary, we are a unique and special tour company that offers responsible tourism, experienced guides, and a wide range of tour options. It’s no wonder that we have become a popular choice for travelers looking for an authentic and unforgettable experience in Tanzania.

Meet Florian Hornig, the man behind the scenes at Django Tours! Florian has a love for travel and has been a life coach since 2009. He founded Django Tours in 2019 with the goal of providing high-quality, personalized tours in Africa.

At Django Tours, we pride ourselves in our innovative approach to travel. Rather than offering cookie-cutter tours that take visitors to the usual tourist spots, Florian and his team create customized itineraries that allow travelers to experience Africa in a unique way. This approach has resonated with travelers from around the world.

Florian is committed to giving back to his community. He’s involved in a number of charitable organizations, including those that promote education and sustainability. Additionally, Django Tours offers a number of tours that focus on sustainable travel.

Florian’s commitment to personalized, sustainable travel has made Django Tours a standout in Tanzanian travel. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Africa or your tenth, a tour with Django Tours is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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