The intrepid Mt Meru hikers negotiate the famous Fig Tree Arch on their way down the mountain (above).
We did it! We, a group of DP and MYP students from both campuses made it to the top of Mount Meru, the fifth highest mountain on the African continent. The bus left early at 5:45am on Saturday September 3, to head to Meru national park. After some problems with the paperwork and a final nap in the bus, our hike through the stunning landscape could start. Luckily, the steep climbs of the first two days were facilitated by our fascination for the constantly changing environment, the observation of wild animals as well as friendly conversations with teachers and students. Eventually, after having reached the top of little Meru in the afternoon, the final ascent commenced at 11pm on Sunday. The next 6 hours would be a physical and mental struggle, but eventually each and everyone of us was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise on the summit. Having mastered that challenge successfully, we continued our trip down, with a total descent of 3000m in altitude on the same day. The trip was topped off with a shower in a beautiful waterfall and some impressive scenery of giraffe and buffalo herds. Overall, it was an amazing experience that imprinted us in many ways, bringing us closer to ourselves and Tanzania’s natural beauty.
Annabell Lackner, D2