The world famous game-viewing lodges Treetops and The Ark are both found in forests on the east side of the range. Though very expensive they are well worth a visit. Camping is permitted at Park Gates and at recognised campsites, it is best to obtain permission to camp elsewhere. Two huts provide very simple shelters; one is on the approach to Satima from the south, the other just below The Elephant. A pleasant, simple forestry rest house with campsite beside it provides a good base for the walk up to Kinangop, Under an overhang below the Western Twin there is a cave shelter (3400m). This provides a fine base for the ascent of Satima.
Day 1 : Drive from Arusha/Moshi to Momela Gate, hike to Miriakamba Hut
Visiting: Arusha, Mt. Meru
Starting from Momela Gate, the track passes through open grassland with cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous "Fig tree". After lunch, the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, you will have your first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro.
Day 2 : Hike Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut, afternoon hike up Little Meru
Visiting: Mt. Meru
The walk from Miriakampa Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut for lunch. In the afternoon, you can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m / 12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30 minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1,056 m / 3,465 ft.
Day 3 : Hike to Summit then down to trail head, return to Moshi/Arusha.