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Did you know?

  • The stomach of crocodile has a size of football ball, he eats little, but many times per day.
  • Hippo weights 3,2 tones and is one of the heaviest land mammals.
  • Giraffe is one of the rare animals that have horns at birth.
  • The elephants walk on tiptoe, because under their heel they have thick layer of fat.
  • The biggest snakes of the world can eat a human in one time and a meal lasts for one year.
  • Flamingos get the color of their feathers because of their specific nutrition.
  • African elephant can run faster then a human and can walk several hours without any rest.
  • In first year of hippo’s life 45% of them die.
  • Shark is swimming with average speed of 3km/h and maximum speed of 95 km/h.
  • Giraffe has a same number of vertebrae like most of the mammals, but theirs are much longer.
  • Bushbabies got a name because of their sounds that reminded first explorers of crying babies.
  • Elephants communicate through vibrations that they make by hitting the ground with their feet.
  • Most of the elephants sleep standing and only 2-3 hours per day.
  • Hippo can stay 5 minutes under the water-surface and can even run on the bottom of the lake.
  • The biggest known shark in the world was 13 meters long and had 15 tones
  • Leopard likes to drink water everyday, but he can stay without it up to one month.
  • Wild elephant can eat 230 kg of food and drink 125 liters of water per day sometimes at once.
  • Near relative of African ostrich is South American nandu and Australian emus.
  • Ostrich, zebra and giraffe can kill with their kick even the mighty lion.
  • Turtles, birds and crocs like to rest on the backs of hippos.
  • African tribes are hunting bushbabies by leaving a palm wine in the forest and collecting drunk animals from it.
  • Warthog can run 50 km/h and they are very skillful to defend themselves.
  • The head of the rhino weights 200 kg.
  • Black leopard or Panther was first considered as different species, but in same family can be puppies of normal and black colour.
  • The biggest turtle in the world is belonging to the species of leatherback and weights 752 kg.
  • The grey rat is living everywhere in the world except polar countries. One couple can have up to 800 babies in just one year.
  • Insect-eating bats produce ultrasound of very high frequency, with echoes that bounce back, they get all necessary information.
  • One of the most shamefaced animals in area of high and low tide is octopus.
  • The longest recorded jump of bushbaby from one branch to another was more then 7 meters.
  • From 1830 on each year 10 to 30 thousand slaves were sold at slave market on Zanzibar.
  • Coconut palm can live up to 100 years but can reproduce only 20 years.
  • Warthog’s only enemies are lion and leopard.
  • In darkness leopard can see 6 times and hear 2 times better then human.
  • Monkey species of red colobus are living only in forest Jozani on Zanzibar Island.
  • Cheetahs are running 120 km/h, but only 20 seconds. This is still enough for successful hunting.
  • Insectivorous bats obtain most of the water they need from their prey, cave bats can lick up condensation.

Classical Meru trek

Day 1: MOMELA GATE- MIRIAKAMBA HUT

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Momela Gate to start your climb. From the Momela Gate you wind through the forest and past the famous "Fig Tree". As you make you way past Itikoni clearing you may see wild buffalo grazing. As you continue to ascend you'll reach Kitoto camp with wonderful views of Kilimanjaro and the Momela lakes. Walking through forest towards the floor of Meru Crater, the 4 to 5 hour (10k) walking in a day or 1 hour from view point on Kilimanjaro, route takes you on a steep ascent to Miriakamba Hut (2,514m or 8.250 ft). From your base at Miriakamba you can walk to the Crater floor or to Njeku Viewpoint where you will see excellent views of a waterfall, the Ash Cone and crater.

Altitude: 1500 m - 2515 m (4.920 ft - 8.250 ft)
Hiking time: app. 5 hours
Distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Habitat: Forest


Day 2: MIRIAKAMBA HUT- SADDLE HUT

After breakfast you will begin your trek uphill slightly until it comes out into a path which climbs steeply up through pleasant shady glades between the trees, lush forest and across dry streams to reach Buffalo Swamp and Elephant Ridge up to Saddle Hut. After the hour or so you'll have also some great views into the crater and up the cliff walls below the summit. It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours (4k) to reach the Saddle Hut, but you can extend your walk to visit a Massai village or ascend to the summit of Little Meru (3,820m) to help your acclimatization. Another possibility is Rhino Point, which takes 2 hours to go and return.

Altitude: 2515 m - 3570 m (8.250 ft - 11.500 ft)
Hiking time: app. 3 hours
Distance: 4 km (3 miles)
Habitat: Shady glades, lush forest


Day 3: SADDLE HUT- SUMMIT OF MOUNT MERU


You will start the ascent to the summit in the early morning hours in order to see the sun rising behind Mt. Kilimanjaro, and to stand a chance of avoiding the late morning mist. The route is along a narrow ridge. Slopes of the mountain are on one side of you and the sheer cliffs of the crater are on the other, making this is a dramatic and exhilarating walk with some spectacular views. You reach the summit at Socialist Point (4,566 m or 14.977 ft) in approximately 4 to 5 hours (5km or 3,5 miles). After enjoying a few minutes on top of Meru you descend back to Saddle Hut which will take 2 to 3 hours. Here you rest and take a relaxing lunch.

Altitude: 3570 m - 4566 m (11.500 ft - 14.977 ft)
Hiking time: app. 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 5 km (3,5 miles)


Day 4: SADDLE HUT- MOMELA GATE

After breakfast, we continue the descent down through the rain forest to the base of Mount Meru. You will be retracing your steps to Miriakamba Hut. Then, by taking a direct route through the forest, you will return to Momela Gate in approximately 4 to 5 hours (9km or 6 miles). On the lower levels you may see Giraffe and zebra grazing on the open grassland. You will meet your transfer service at the gate for the return to your hotel. The drive back to our hotel in Moshi takes about 2 hours.

Altitude: 3570 m - 1500 m (11.500 ft - 4.920 ft)
Hiking time: app. 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 9 km (6 miles)


Option: Mt.Meru can also be climbed in three days, which in fact is done by many climbers. 


Price:

  • 3 days: from 520 USD pp (minimum 2 people)
  • 4 days: from 650 USD pp (minimum 2 people)
  • 3 days: from 620 USD pp (1 person)
  • 4 days: from 750 USD pp (1 person)

Included:

  • National Park fees
  • rescue fees
  • government taxes
  • camping or hut fees
  • camping equipment (tent, mattress, dining, if applicable)
  • guide(s)
  • chef(s) and porters
  • vehicle transfers
  • three meals a day
  • bottled water

Not included:

  • other drinks
  • meals and accommodation in Arusha
  • airport transfers
  • international and internal flights, visas
  • alcohol
  • sleeping bag
  • personal expenses
  • crew tips

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