Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro and it is as unique as it is different to Kili.

It most recently erupted in 1910 and it has two main cones with several small cones and craters reflecting numerous episodes of volcanic activity.

It has no glaciers on its peak (though its regularly covered in snow during the rainy season), but it is famous for its stunning views down into the volcanic ash cone of ‘Little Meru,’ seen whilst hiking up to Meru’s highest peak.

The panorama over Arusha National Park and its 7 lakes is spectacular. Often thousands of pink flamingo can be seen, and the steep, narrow ridge to the peak is incredible.

Many regard the climb as more strenuous and challenging that Kilimanjaro, but a climb up either of these mountains should not be taken likely.

Mount Meru