Mount Kilimanjaro, or Kili as it's more affectionately known as, is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world (not part of a mountain range). Every year between 30 and 35 thousand people climb this spectacular mountain. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination.
There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent). The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north. Selecting a route is a tough choice for most. To find your best route you should consider the route's scenery, level of difficulty, foot traffic and its altitude acclimatization characteristics.
Mount Meru is a dormant stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro. At a height of 4,562.13 metres (14,968 ft), it is visible from Kili on a clear day. Located just north of Arusha, it is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania, and the fourth-highest in Africa. Meru serves as a great warm up to Mount Kilimanjaro or a complete standalone hike in it of itself. The crowds that can plague Kilimanjaro are non-existent here, allowing for a solitary, peaceful trek. Accessed through Arusha National Park, there is only one route used to climb Mount Meru (Momella Route).