Standing on Meru’s summit you survey the grasslands. Africa extends in all its glory down below. And there is nobody else sharing the view.
Sure, Meru falls far behind nearby Kilimanjaro in the coolness stakes. It’s not Africa’s highest mountain. But the trek to Meru’s peak is more diverse, easier on the legs, and there’s almost zero change of altitude sickness, even at 4,565 metres.
Best of all, Mount Meru is empty of other trekkers. If you seek an iconic challenge go to Kilimanjaro. If you love mountains and trekking, spend six days venturing up Mount Meru instead.