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Mt. Kenya/Mt. Meru

Southern Sky Adventures: Mt. Kenya/Mt. Meru

Mt Kenya

Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is but 200 miles due north from Kilimanjaro. The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. It is best seen at dawn, when the day’s early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.

While the 17,058 foot summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser peak of Point Lenana (16,355 feet) can be easily reached by any fit trekker. This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, unique montane vegetation, and finally one of the world’s rarest sights, equatorial snow.

For those who don’t want to climb the mountain the cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with trout.

Mount Meru

Mount Meru is one of Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes, and it is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 15,042 feet, the fifth highest in Africa. The mountain is located within Arusha National Park, Tanzania’s gem. This 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, Kilimanjaro can be seen to the west. There are two huts available to climbers on the mountain and firewood is supplied. The best time to climb Meru is between October and February while June to September it is colder.

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