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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

best habitat diversity: Miriakamba Hut Circular Trail, Tanzania

by: Fiona McIntosh


Wander through three habitats in just 9 miles on this guided, bush-camping overnight through Arusha National Park. You’ll trek 6.2 miles across a savannah (home to giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, dik-diks, and antelopes). Dive into a forest alive with red-hot pokers and drapes of Spanish moss, looking out for warthogs, bushbucks, baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and sykes monkeys. If you’re lucky, you may spot elephants, leopards, and hyenas in the rainforest. To bag the ashy Mt. Meru summit (14,977 feet)—and moorland and alpine desert habitats—try the 20.5-mile Mt. Meru Summit Trail.

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Jon Bigg
Mar 14, 2014

Meru is a fantastic climb, more interesting and much quieter than nearby Kilimanjaro. You can read much more about climbing Meru in an online guide here: bit.ly/merutrek
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