Most travellers who come to Tanzania will stop in Arusha. Sitting near the base of Mt Meru, Arusha is the safari and climbing capital of this fantastic nation. Just stepping out into the street gives one a sense of the vibrancy and flair of this safari town. Hawkers and touts shout their wares to passerby’s. The lush green forests close in on this bustling town. The higher altitude (1300m) keeps the climate pleasant. A town catered towards the intrepid, it boasts fantastic spots to eat and sleep before heading out into the savannah.
Just outside of Arusha lies two fantastic peaks begging to be climbed. Mount Kilimanjaro and its little sister Meru Peak offer fantastic opportunities to see a bird’s eye view of Tanzania. Adventure Alternative offers climbs to both of these peaks.
Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro’s baby sister is an active volcano near Arusha. A great acclimatizer for Africa’s highest peak or as a standalone climb, Meru boasts fantastic views of nearby Kilimanjaro as well as the many smaller volcanic cones in the area.
Kilimanjaro is better known as the roof of Africa. Standing 5,895m tall it is the highest point in Africa. As one of the Seven Summits, it’s a must-climb for anyone looking to stand on the tallest points on every continent. Adventure Alternative offers several different options for this iconic peak. The Machame Route comes in at the most popular accounting for around 30% of the visitors to the mountain. The Lemosho Route provides extra days for acclimatizing. As every mountaineer knows, no climb can be done without proper acclimatization, some need more time than others and building in an extra day never hurt.
Adventure Alternative also offers climbs up the Rongai Route of Kilimanjaro. Rongai is known for being the less traveled route and is perfect for people looking to climb during the rainy season. We offer climbs for charity as well where we support the efforts of our sister organization Moving Mountains. We even offer a trip with a volunteer component to it. Climb to the top of Africa and give back to the local community along the way.