Meru National Park is wild and beautiful a safari destination in Kenya. The park is located on both sides of the equator and intersected by 13 rivers and frequent mountain-fed streams, it is an particularly a very good-looking to visit in Kenya. It has varied scenery from woodlands at 3,400ft (1,036m) on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mt. Kenya, to wide open plains with winding riverbanks scattered with doum palms.
The national park has a big range of wildlife that can be viewed during the game drive anjd these are, lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard black rhino, zebra, gazelle, oryx and some of the rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu and duiker, also the more common Dik Dik, one of Africa’s smallest antelope. Large herds of lion can be seen and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo. The rivers thrive with hippo and crocodile, fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River. In the mid 1980’s, the Park suffered from poaching, however KWS together with wildlife security patrols have driven out the poachers and the elephant population has alleviated with breeding herds settling down.
Meru national park also inhabits 300 species of birds have been recorded, including: Red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, sunbirds Peter’s Finfoot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weavers.
The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah. “Elsa” the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here. There is one lodge (132 beds) and two tented camps are planned. There are 8 special campsites which must be pre-booked, one public campsites; Elsa camp, KWS self-help Bandas and Leopard Rock bands.
How to get there.
- Access from Nairobi (348 Kms) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all-weather roads. Access into the park from Maua to Murera Gate (35 km) and 348 km from Nairobi..
- The other access is via Embu to Ura Gate (120 km), 290 km from Nairobi
- Main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip.
- Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness
- Views of Mt Kenya
- Rivers and riverine habitats
- Tana river
- Adamson’s falls.
- Kinna Cottages
- Kinna Guesthouse
- Murera Cottages
- Meru Guest House
- Golo 1
- Golo 2
- Kampi Baridi
- Ekime (Kora N. Park)
- Elsa’s Kopje
- Leopard Rock Lodge