Photo by Bart Offeringa
|Range/Region:||East Africa Mountains|
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1904|
|First successful climber(s):||Fritz Jaeger (Disputed: May have been Carl Uhlig in 1901)|
|Nearest major airport:||Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)|
|Convenient Center:||Arusha, Tanzania|
Mount Meru is a volcano which rises just 44 miles west of Kilimanjaro. Though comparatively small, Meru is equally spectacular, with slopes that rise up at incredibly steep angles. It is partially shattered, as its east face was blasted away during an eruption at some point in its past. Though Meru's summit is rocky and barren, its slopes are highly fertile, with many streams and thick forests. Located in Arusha National Park, Meru and its surrounding terrain is home to a large population of animals, including elephants and lions.