Mount Meru

Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano, and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,5685m. Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park, 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

At a height of 4,566 metres (14,980 ft), it is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro and forms a backdrop to views from the park to the east. Mount Meru is the tenth highest mountain in Africa and is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington.

Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.

Mount Meru’s prime location gives walkers the opportunity to spot some of the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. The ascent is quite steep; the route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. Weather permitting, Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen in the west.

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