Why visit Meru National Park? East of Meru, 350 kilometres (220 miles) from Nairobi, is where you’ll find Meru National Park in Kenya. One of Kenya’s most popular national parks, it has an area of 870 km2 (340 sq mi). This region receives a lot of rain, with 305-356 mm (12.0-14.0 in) in the east and 635-762 mm (25.0-30.0 in) in the west of the park, respectively. Because to the rain, there is thick grass and beautiful swampland. Meru National Park is a landscape with a diversity of textures and hues that offers a range of wildlife wonders and game drive experiences. The park is renowned for its herds of elephants and offers a beautiful view of Mount Kenya.The national park’s three unique micro ecosystems host a variety of vegetation and wildlife. The northern portion of the park is made up of bush land, which is a large, sparse plain studded with small clusters of diminishing trees.

The bush to the east is a thick, impenetrable jungle of overgrown bushes and tall trees. The majority of the 13 rivers that cross the park here, merging, twisting, and splitting away along the way, come together. Short savannah grass covers most of the park’s remaining area. The park is towered over by Mount Kenya, which is visible in the distance.

The Big Five, which include the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo, reside in the park. Over much of the park, it is known that zebras and gazelles graze on dry yellow tufts of grass. The rivers that encircle the park are home to a variety of species. Crocodiles are waiting to pounce on anyone bold enough to visit these shores as they lie in the murky depths. On the banks of the rivers and lakes in the park, hippos are frequently spotted tanning. Leopard, cheetah, elephant, lion, Grevy’s and plains zebra, hartebeest, hippo, reticulated giraffe, and several sizable herds of buffalo are among the mammals that call the park home. Due to places with tall grass cover and extensive vegetation, big cats can occasionally be challenging to spot.

Things to do in Meru National Park

Game viewing

Get a close-up view of the Meru wilderness by going on a game drive through the wilderness on a dirt road. You can go on a game drive during the day or at night to observe a wide range of animals that roam the incredibly beautiful Meru scenery and along the shores of a number of streams and springs, including the Tana, Bisanadi, and Rojerwero, which are the main rivers in the park and great places to see hippos and crocodiles. You will be rewarded with fascinating views of the nearby hills and mountains that shimmer in the distance, particularly Mount Kenya, whose frequently visible snow-capped sides.

The Rhino sanctuary

The rhino sanctuary is home to black and white rhinos. These animals need urgent protection following decades of poaching, and there are various conservation programmes in Kenya devoted to rhino conservation. The sanctuary is cordoned off and patrolled for poachers. The number of rhinos has since  increased as a result.

Bird watching

When you walk along the shores of several rivers and streams that are bordered by acacia woodlands, they  create a jungle setting for bird habitats, in the thick riverine forests, and in the swamps, you can discover numerous bird species in this park. This experience will only leave you with a unique taste that is never comparable to any others.The park is home to almost 400 bird species such as the Lesser Kestrel, Vulturine Guineafowl, Secretary Bird, African Pygmy Falcon, African Fish Eagle, Taita Falcon, Red-winged Lark, Martial Eagle, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Somali Ostrich, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Black-throated and among others.

Why visit Meru National Park?
Vulturine Guineafowl

A visit to Elsa the Lioness Grave

Elsa the Lioness will be well-known to viewers of the 1966 movie Born Free. The narrative of Elsa, who was tragically abandoned by her mother and raised as an orphan by George and Joy Adamson, was captured in the 1966 movie. The previous Adamson camp is not far from Elsa the Lioness’s burial place.

Tana River

The enormous Tana River is the source of the majority of the 13 rivers that divide Meru National Park. The river is the longest in Kenya and has a length of more than 1000 kilometres. The river flows from Nyambeni Hills down the sloping slopes before separating into smaller streams at the opposite end of the park. Meru National Park depends heavily on its network of rivers.

The Best time to visit

A good time to visit Meru National Park is immediately before or after the peak cold and dry season, which spans late June through early September. The Meru National Park is best visited in early November and late October when there are fewer visitors and fewer vehicles driving through the savannah. Sunshine, milder temperatures, and less people are present in May and early June.

The long dry season, which lasts from July to October, is also the best time to visit Meru National Park because it coincides with the Masai Mara’s migration period as well as American and European tourists’ summer vacations. As a result, visitors who like to combine different safari destinations will have the best wildlife viewing safari in Kenya during this time.

Accommodations in Meru National Park

The accommodation options in Meru National Park range from luxury lodging with a high level of privacy and luxury to mid-range lodging options for travellers seeking a good balance between price and quality as well as standard and budget options. All of these lodging options provide total comfort and excellent services for your memorable  Kenyan safari experience in this park. Have a magnificent safari vacation while staying at several accommodations in Meru National Park, and be completely pampered with first-rate amenities.

Elsa’s Kopje Lodge

Elsa’s Kopje, a luxurious accommodation in Meru National Park, is carved into Mughwango Hill above the location of George Adamson’s original camp, where he nurtured and released young lions long before conservation was in popular. Elsa’s Kopje Lodge has nine accommodations, including a choice of six ensuite cottages, a private house with a view of the expansive plains of Meru, a honeymoon suite, and an elegant family cottage furnished with double beds and twin beds. The lodge was built in a cosy and elegant style by incorporating the rocks of the surrounding hill into its construction.

Rhino River camp

In Meru National Park, Rhino River Camp is another option for midrange lodging. The Kindani River flows alongside a small, eco-friendly tented camp that is tucked away in a lush tropical glade of yellow fever trees, tamarind trees, and raffia palms. It is located next to Meru National Park and has seven tents, five of which were constructed from gorgeous caramel canvas and sustainably harvested wood and are perched above the softly flowing Kindani River on platforms. Your stay at Rhino River Camp will be peaceful and seclusion-oriented thanks to the river. For those who prefer to avoid the sound of Kindani, the other 2 tents are set up facing a natural forest and away from the river.

Offbeat Meru Camp

Offbeat Meru Camp, a mid-range semi-permanent lodging option in Meru National Park, is situated at the park’s edge but inside the Bisanadi National Reserve, above the picturesque Bisanadi River. Each of these tents has an ensuite bathroom and a private veranda from which you may unwind while watching game elsewhere in the park. They are also readily dismantled and portable if necessary.

Ikweta safari camp

The safari camp here is the ideal addition to your reasonably priced You can easily access all of your safari activities because to the camp’s location in Meru National Park, which is only two kilometres from the park’s main entry at Murera Gate. There are just 10 guest tents at the Ikweta safari camp, and each one has a private verandah, convenient baggage racks, writing tables, and en-suite bathrooms. There is a restaurant, a lounge, a bar and a swimming pool in the common spaces.

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