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Mount Meru is home to many incredible waterfalls, which pour down from the volcanic slopes. After a night of heavy rain, I made a day trip to explore one of the largest waterfalls at the base of Mount Meru, aptly named Mount Meru Waterfall.

This adventure involves a steep motorbike drive up a rocky road followed by a jungle stairway that leads you down into a gorge. Once inside, you wade through the river, clambering over rocks until you meet the intense falls that spray with incredible force at its base. A remarkable sight and only a few kilometers from the town, the Mount Meru waterfall is one of the top things to do in Arusha.

A hike to the waterfalls of Mount Meru is one of our favorite activities in Arusha. After Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania, right next to Arusha National Park. It’s a dormant volcano with very fertile soil on its slopes, and during the walk, you can see many beautiful flowers, plants, monkeys and birds along the way. The hike to the waterfall takes 30 minutes and is accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Mount Meru Hike Details:

  • Hike Distance: The total distance of the Hike is: 4 – 5 km and back return trip.
  • Hike Duration: Going to the waterfall from the office/registration and back: 1.5 to 2 Hours.
  • Hike difficulty: The trail is Moderately difficult.
  • Hike incline: 2oo Meters


Tanzania Safari FAQ's

Can you get money out in Arusha?

There are some Bureaus de Change in Arusha clustered around the Clock Tower, and some ATMs in the city centre. It is a good idea to stop by these before your safari to take out some notes. There are not many other options during the Northern Circuit and it is good to have cash to buy souvenirs or tip drivers and guides. 

Is Arusha safe for tourists?

Arusha is relatively safe for tourists, but it is wise not to wear too much jewellery. The risk increases at night, and we do not recommend walking the streets after dark. But in general, the city is known for its welcoming atmosphere, and the people are very pleased to have such a thriving tourism economy, meaning the locals treat tourists well. We recommend that you travel the city by taxi since dala dalas (small minibuses) and bajajis (tuk-tuks) are more dangerous. A taxi ride across town should not cost more than $2.50.

Is Arusha worth visiting?

On the one hand, you must visit Arusha on any trip to Tanzania – this is the starting point for some of Tanzania’s most famous sites, including Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. So, should you stay more than one night in Arusha? There is certainly plenty to do in the town – from cultural programmes, to museums, to shopping to day trips – there is enough to spend at least two days. If you already have a full itinerary, including hiking, safaris, and beach work in Zanzibar, then perhaps it is best to only stay one night in one of Arusha’s attractive plantation guesthouses. 

What is Arusha known for?

Arusha is known for being the safari capital of Tanzania, and a popular stopover for adventurers who are preparing for a Kilimanjaro trek.

Can you see Kilimanjaro from Arusha?

No, you cannot see Kilimanjaro from Arusha. Mt Kilimanjaro is situated 82.6km away from Arusha.

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It’s a wonderful glimpse into village life. The waterfall lies just inside the nature reserve. Arusha town draws water from the stream so it’s a protected area. It’s a great place take a cool dip, eat lunch and relax before heading back down the mountain.

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