We ended up hiking with a group of 5 from Australia, so in total we were 12. They had a cook and we had a cook and we shared a guide (our friend, Salim, from the coast) and a park ranger who lead us forward carrying a gun just in case any animals decided to charge...which they never did.
Mt. Meru is in the middle of Arusha National Park, so we began the hike with a mini-safari and then up the mountain we went. The forest was beautiful, the sun was very hot, there was a beautiful waterfall, pretty view-points every once in awhile, and great company. When we arrived to the camp, we watched a lovely sunset, ate a delicious supper, and enjoyed the stars.
This is the crowded kitchen where all of the porters and cooks prepared their groups lovely meals. They're a spectacular bunch of people!
I thought it was funny how this guy (one of the porters from someone else's group) had a Toronto Maple Leaves toque on. There was another guy with a hockey toque on from Canada too. You can get almost anything from the second hand clothes market in Arusha, so I'm guessing they found their Canadian gear there.
Our ranger and guide
The second view-point
Right before we started!