Arusha is known as the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania. It is a pleasant town, lying at the foot of the dormant volcano Mt Meru. Arusha has a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere.
Arusha is the administrative capital of the Arusha Region and has a population of 270,485 according to the 2002 national census. There are good transport links to other areas of the country and it is possible to combine a northern circuit safari with a visit to almost any other park in Tanzania (including Mahale ond Gombe) by flying from Arusha Domestic airport.
Because the Northern Circuit of Tanzania is so well developed for tourism there is accommodation to suit all budgets. Here we list a few of the options, but, if you have heard of another hotel that you would like to stay in, just let us know and we can book it for you. Most Tanzania safaris begin and end in Arusha, due to its proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro and the world famous Serengeti National Park.
The nearby Arusha National Park is good for both wildlife and hiking, with Tanzania’s second highest peak, Mount Meru. See our hiking itineraries for detailed Meru treks. It is also possible to go canoeing around the Momella Lakes, mountain biking, horse riding and visit local cultural projects
Mount Meru Itinerary schedule:
Day-1 Maria Kamba Hut
Drive from Arusha to the Mt. Meru park gate. Here we will meet with our guide and porters. Hike the few hours to the first hut at 8,500 ft. From here we can go on an evening game walk in hopes of watching some wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater.
Day-2 Saddle Hut
Hike to the 11,500 ft. camp where, if time allows, we can climb Little Meru for a good view of Kilimanjaro and a bit more acclimatization.
Day-3 MariaKamba Hut:
Up early and on to the summit before the afternoon clouds come rolling in. From the summit we should be back to the 11,500 ft. camp in time for lunch. After lunch we will hike down to Mariakamba Hut for the night.
Day-4 Park gate
After a leisurely morning we will complete our descent and be at the park gate by late morning. The company driver will come and drive you back to Arusha.
Included with the package
Accommodation (two nights in Arusha Before and after the trekking) and all the nights at Arusha
Three meals a day
Tents and mattresses
All park fees
Guides, porters and cooks salaries
The cost excludes
Person mountain gears such as sleeping bags, Rain gears, and others that i will send you a list for them to buy or they can hire them from Kili Gears Shops in Arusha ( I recommend they buy most of them and hire only sleeping bags Rain gears )