Where is Arusha National Park and Can We Climb Mount Meru?
Arusha National Park is about an hours drive from Siringit Villa. The drive to the park will take you through rich agricultural land where farmers till the earth maintaining their crops. Mountain streams run off Mount Meru into the farmland below, saturating the soil to make this area well suited for rice paddies.
Day safaris into Arusha National Park will allow you to experience the beauty of mountain wilderness and wildlife. Arusha National park is renowned for its forest wildlife and a drive up to Ngurdoto Crater in the park will take you along the rim of a crater, through towering mountain forests alive with the unfamiliar sound of the Colobus Monkeys and mountain birds.
Day hikes on Mount Meru will lead you on foot to the wildlife. The hike starts from the national park gate and accompanied by a park ranger, you will follow the mountain wildlife trails, through an open glade populated with resident Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, and Bushbuck, up into the mountain forest, where nature unfolds in abundance. Graceful butterflies dance in the forest dappled light, and the sounds of the brightly coloured Turaco, lead you onwards to forage the forest further.
Mount Meru is a four-day forest hike, the mountain is steep and the climb astounding. The mountain trails lead you past resident wildlife, into dense mountain forests, your feet moving rhythmically to a symphony chorus of Cicadas, Colobus Monkeys, Turaco’s, and the odd crack of twigs and stampede of hooves will get your heart racing, as a startled bushbuck scurries through the undergrowth. The last day of the climb will take to up little Meru to acclimatize before your summit along a trail barely a metre wide, under a carpet of firefly stars, to the top of the mountain.
The sun rises in a splash of reds and oranges behind Mount Kilimanjaro.
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