Meru National Park is a wonderfully unspoiled Park with far few visitors than most other parks in Kenya.
Advice can be given to visit places locally with special scenic beauty and interesting features. The chances are that you will see few or no cars as you drive around, and plenty of giraffe, elephant, antelope and more birds than you can name.Famous for being the place where Elsa the lion was freed, the part is very picturesque with plenty of game. Joy and George Adamson lived here for a while who were attracted to its remote beauty. With rocky outcrops and riverine forest, there is also a rhino sanctuary with some animals that you will see close up as they are kept in a large free- range enclosure within the park.
The park is home to the rare Grevy’s zebra and gerenuk (also found in Samburu). Other animals you have a good chance of seeing are elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippos, cheetah, leopard, eland, bush-pig, waterbuck, reedbuck and hartebeest. There are more than 300 recorded species of birds.
When we went they didn’t have a map at the KWS gate. It was a bit tricky wanting to drive around not having a proper map. If you’re self driving, perhaps get a map ahead of time or download one before getting there./em>
WHERE TO STAY
BKenya recommended places to stay:
- Elsa’s Kopje ♥♥♥♥♥
- Rhino River Camp ♥♥♥♥♥
- Ikweta Safari Camp ♥♥
- Ikweta Country Inn ♥
Other places you may want to consider:
- Porini Rhino Camp ♥♥♥
- Leopard Rock Lodge ♥♥
- Meru Mt. Kenya Lodge ♥♥
- Murera Springs Eco Camp ♥♥
- Offbeat Meru Camp ♥
- Murera and Kinna Bandas (KWS) ♥
Address : Meru
Directions: By road: From Nairobi (348 km) is along the picturesque route through Embu. Alternatively take the Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru route. Both roads are fine with all weather tarmac roads. Access into the park is through Maua to Murera Gate (35 km).
By Air: There is a main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and there is also an airstrip for Elsa’s Kopje Lodge.