For most climbers who visit Tanzania, Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895 metres / 19341 feet) is the top prize. However Mt. Meru, one of Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes, is also a worthwhile alternative. It lacks the high price, the altitude sickness and the crowds that are attracted to Kilimanjaro.
At 4565 metres (14,977 feet), Mt. Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa. A climbing expedition on Mt. Meru requires three days and can be used as an acclimatization exercise leading up to a Kilimanjaro summit attempt or as a stand-alone adventure. Meru, the smaller volcanic sister, is located just 70km (43miles) from Mt. Kilimanjaro.