It doesn’t matter whether you are climbing Mount Meru in preparation for big brother Kilimanjaro or you just want to tick the 5th highest peak of Africa for your list. Mount Meru is a highly underrated due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb. A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1910, it’s Tanzania’s second highest mountain at 4566 metres (14,979 ft). Taking only 4 days to climb it is perfect for those who want to get a taste of high altitude trekking without going too high before or after going on safari, or to help with acclimatization if undertaken before you climb Kilimanjaro. The ascent takes you through Meru’s diverse vegetation zones from montane forest, moorland, semi-desert and alpine desert, until you reach its magnificent crater.