Meru National Park “ Complete Wilderness”

  • Destination: Meru

Located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. Covering an area of 870 km², it is one of the most famous known parks of Kenya. It has abundant rainfall, 635–762 mm in the west of the park and 305–356 mm in the east. The rainfall results in tall grass and lush swamps, which make it difficult to spot game. It has a wide range […]

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Located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. Covering an area of 870 km², it is one of the most famous known parks of Kenya. It has abundant rainfall, 635–762 mm in the west of the park and 305–356 mm in the east. The rainfall results in tall grass and lush swamps, which make it difficult to spot game. It has a wide range of wild beasts like elephant, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros and some rare antelopes.

Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy’s ashes were scattered on her gravesite. Joy Adamson released Pippa the cheetah in this park.

ACCESS

Roads:

  • 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- inaccessible at the moment

Airstrip:

Main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip

PARK GATES:
The Main Gate
SIZE / LOCATION
  • 870 Km2
  • East-north-east of Mount Kenya in Meru District of Eastern Province
CLIMATE
Parks are part of Semi-arid zone and have irregular rainfalls. Wet seasons are April- June and November- December. Rainfall is 635-762mm in the west and 305-356mm in the east
SAFARICARD REQUIRED?
At present the park does not operate on Safaricard system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
  • Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness
  • Views of Mt Kenya
  • Rivers and riverine habitats
  • Tana river
  • Adamson’s falls
WILDLIFE
Grevy’s Zebra, Elephants, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Cheetah, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Bohor Reedbuck, Hartebeest, Python, Puff Udder, Cobra, Buffalo, more than 427 recorded species of birds
BIRDS
More than 427 recorded species
VEGETATION
Mainly thorny bush land in the North, wooded grasslands in the West and open grassland elsewhere. The park also offer dense riverine forests of Doum and Raffia palm
WHERE TO STAY

In-pack accommodation

  •  Elsa’s Kopje
  • Leopard Rock Lodge

KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:

  • Murera Bandas
  • Kina Bandas
  • Meru Luxury House

Camping Facilities

Kampi Baridi; Kitanga; Makutano; Rojoweru; Mugunga; Ken Mare and Kanjoo which are special campsites. Bwatherongi which a public campsites

ACTIVITY OPTIONS
  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Scenic tours
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks