Mt Meru Stands at 14,980 feet/ 4,566 meters, Mount Meru is Tanzania’s second-highest peak, and according to some, the fourth highest mountain in Africa. It’s a dormant volcano, with the last minor eruption occurring over a century ago. On a clear day, you can see Mount Kilimanjaro from Mount Meru, as the two iconic peaks are separated by a distance of fewer than 50 miles/ 80 kilometres. The first successful ascent on record is still in dispute. It is credited to either Carl Uhlig in 1901 or Fritz Jaeger in 1904 – both Germans, reflecting the colonial power of Germany over Tanzania at the time. Mount Meru is ideal for altitude acclimatization and you may elect to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a lower number of days after climbing Meru. Many people who climb both mountains have a quiet preference for the humble Mount Meru. Although about 4,000 feet lower than Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is still a very tall mountain. Do not underestimate Mount Meru. Altitude acclimatization is still the key to a successful summit to Meru.