At an almighty 5895 mt, it is the tallest mountain in Africa (not surprisingly nicknamed the “Roof of Africa ”) and is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world that can be ascended spontaneously without the need for technical gear. Ice-capped all year round it is, in fact, a dormant (but not extinct!) volcano. Kilimanjaro is one of the most spectacular sights to see not just in Tanzania but quite possibly in the whole of Africa.
Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.