Meru National Park
Meru National Park is located east of Meru and in the northeastern direction from Nairobi is one of four adjoining national parks and reserves. River Tana which is Kenya’s largest river forms the southern boundary of the national park which also consists of over 13 rivers flowing through it and draining into the Tana River. Nyambeni hills are found in the northwestern part of the national park.
Meru National Park is known for being the home to Elsa the lioness who was introduced to the wild in this national park and raised by two conservationists George and Joy Adamson as seen in the movie “Born Free” and in the best selling book and this lioness was buried in the national park.
The southern and eastern parts of Meru national park are characterized by rocky ridges and kopjes while the northern parts of the national park consist of swamps and they include Mulika swamp, Mururi swamp and Bwatherongi swamp which are ideal for spotting wildlife species during the dry season.
Entry gates include Murera gate, Bisanadi gate, Ura gate. There is a rhino sanctuary at the main gate which is home for black and white rhinos in the national park. The famous big 5 animals can also be seen in this national park that is buffalo, elephants, leopard, lions, and rhinos as well as other wildlife and bird species.
This national park is one of Kenya’s untapped tourism sites in Kenya with few tourists visiting and yet it consists of a variety of wildlife species some of which are endangered and can easily be viewed on your Kenya Tours. Many improvements have been put in place in the national park to increase the tourist numbers and to boost trips to this national park by Kenya wildlife services.
The national park’s landscape is characterized by grasslands, thick forests, well-watered dense bush, acacia woodland, and doum palms. Meru national park also has numerous streams and rivers as well as swamps and a vast expanse of the savannah.
Game viewing is quite challenging during the wet seasons of May and November due to the tall and thick grass which make it difficult to view the animals while the dry seasons from June to September making it easy to view the wildlife species as the grass is eaten by the animals and is shorter. Kenya Tours to Meru national park are possible at all times of the year.
Meru national park supports wildlife due to its abundant water points for animals. This national park is mostly visited for full-day trips due to its fascinating vegetation, landscape and attractions.
Access to Meru national park can be through the following means;
- By road; from Nairobi via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu
- Br air/flight; kina airstrip, Elsa kopje airstrip
Attractions in Meru National Park
- Wildlife species which are a major attraction during game viewing in Meru national park include the big five that is rhino, leopard, lion, elephants, buffalos as well as other wildlife species such as cheetahs, Beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, grevy’s zebra, Burchell’s zebra, hippos, Nile crocodiles, lesser kudu, bohor reedbucks, elands, hartebeests and bush pigs.
- Bird species which can be sighted in Meru national park include red necked falcons, African finfoot, black bellied sunbird, golden breasted starling, Somali ostrich, boran cisticola, vulturine guinea fowl, golden palm weaver and many other species.
- Rojewero viewpoint and boardwalk is the best place for a peaceful walk with sights of the riverine forest as well as fish eagle spotting opportunities and sightings of hippos and crocodiles and many birds in the forests.
- Adamson’s falls where River Tana flows through a hard rock forming a beautiful waterfall. These falls were named in honor of George Adamson and his work in Meru national park.
- Tana River which is Kenya’s largest river flows down to the Indian Ocean through Meru national park.
Activities for tourists to engage in while visiting Meru national park include;
- Game viewing: Game Viewing exceeds expectations of the Kenya tour experience with increasing sightings of the big five and close encounters with herds of buffalo as well as other wildlife species such as cheetahs, Beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, grevy’s zebra, Burchell’s zebra, hippos, Nile crocodiles, lesser kudu, bohor reedbucks, elands, hartebeests, bush pigs, and different types of snakes like pythons, puff adders, cobras. Game drives in Meru national park take place at different times of day such as morning game drives, evening game drives, and full-day game drives. Morning game drives are an excellent opportunity to view the different wildlife species as they are more active during this time of day and these game drives are highly recommended for tourists. Evening game drives are less rewarding as the wildlife species are hidden at this time of day and are taking shelter from the heat or hiding from predators but equally offer a chance to see the animals. Full day game drives are the highlight of all game drives as they provide an opportunity to view the animals at different times of the day and to study their ways of life in terms of how they feed, survival instincts like how they defend themselves from predators and other aspects about the wildlife species can also be studied.
- Birding in Meru national park is exceptional and offers sightings of a variety of bird species such as kingfishers, red necked falcons, African finfoot, black bellied sunbird, golden breasted starling, Somali ostrich, Boran cisticola, vulturine guinea fowl, golden palm weaver, eastern chanting goshawk, long tailed fiscal, wattled starling and many other bird species.
- Photography gives the tourists an opportunity to capture the memorable moments in the wilderness of Kenya’s forgotten tourist site and to view the vast savannah of the park as well as its attractions and the variety of wildlife and bird species roaming in the national park.
Accommodation in Meru National Park
Accommodation facilities and camping options are also available in the park with special treats of Kenyan hospitality and quality services for tourists ranging from luxury accommodation, midrange accommodation and budget accommodation and they include;
- Luxury accommodation; Jambo mutara camp, Rhino river camp, Offbeat Meru camp, Leopard rock lodge, Elsa’s kopje, Murera springs eco lodge.
- Midrange accommodation; Ikweta safari camp
- Budget accommodation; Jungle green resort
Visit Meru national park for a relaxed nature filled escape and experience the compelling landscape and a variety of wildlife and bird species while exploring an unspoiled territory that offers special experiences in the wild.