Meru National Park

Meru National Park

–     East-northeast of Mount Kenya 350kms from Nairobi

–     1200 to 3400m

–     870km²

–     Kenya Wildlife Service Prepaid Tickets and Cash

–     Elsa Kopje, Rhino River Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge

–     By Road approx.6 hours’ drive from Nairobi; Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi

–     Wildlife, Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the Lioness, Views of Mount Kenya,

Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness, Meru National Park was established in 1968. Game includes Gravy’s zebra, elephants, eland, bush pig, waterbuck, cheetah, leopard, reticulated giraffe, hippopotamus, bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, python, puff udder, cobra, buffalo, and more than 427 recorded species of birds. These include Peter’s Finfoot, the Pel’s, Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters amongst many. There is also an abundance of ostriches, hornbill, secretary birds, eagles and other smaller birds. There are also some rare antelope including Lesser Kudu, duiker and dik-dik and also some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo. Mainly thorny bush land in the North, wooded grasslands in the West and open grassland elsewhere. The park also offers dense riverine forests of Doum and Raffia palm. Its natural scenery is diverse, from the wide-open plains with many rivers, to the woodlands on the slopes of the Nyambeni mountain range, to the northeast of Mount Kenya. George and Joy Adamson pioneered research in the park by associating with cheetahs and lions, particularly “Elsa” the lioness. Joy wrote a book that was made into the famous film “Born Free”, which, in turn, brought Meru National Park to public attention. The park borders Bisanadi National Reserve, a true wilderness that is only accessible by four-wheel-drive-vehicles.

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