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Meru National Park

Highlights: Meru - "Complete Wilderness"

Meru National Park is located in central Kenya highlands is about 220 miles (350 km) northeast of Nairobi. The national park encompasses an area of 336 square miles (870 sqkm). Within the Kenya's northern frontier tourism circuit, Meru National Park is easily accessible from Samburu National Reserve, the Aberdares circuit and the Laikipia holiday zones of Olpejeta, Lewa, Il Ngwesi and Loisaba.

The park provides visitors with a variety of nature encounters including jungle, grasslands, swamps, rivers, and landscape with an abundance of termite created mounds. Meru National Park provides according to our opinion a remote wilderness and a rest resort haven at Elsa Kopjes Tented Camp. A place to be for those holiday makers seeking a truly offbeat experience, luxurious accommodation and heightened serenity. 

Meru National Park - A hidden gem


Meru National Park is the location where the famous George and Joy Adamson raised the lioness named Elsa. The story was shared via the book and movie of which both were named Born Free.

Wildlife is varied and plentiful. Some of the more common species include elephant, girae, black rhino, white rhino, kudu, gazelle, hartebeest, reedbuck, zebra, and hippo. Each of the above-referenced rivers is highly populated with hippopotamuses. Predator species include lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, African wild cat, and hyena.

The national park receives an abundance of rain allowing for the growth of tall grasses and the development of rich swamps. This makes it a wildlife haven. The Tana River (Kenya's longest river) combines with the Rojerwero and Ura rivers to provide the leading sources of water. Each of these rivers and related tributaries is lined with riverine forest along with stands of dom and raphia palms.

The northern section of the park features rainforest with majority of the park covered in an array of density with bushes and grasslands. The famous Acacia trees that Africa is known for are all found in much of the park.

Birding enthusiasts have an opportunity to search out over 427 species of birds with on-the-fly camping facilities and accomodation suitable for long-safari stays available.

The Meru National Park Experience

The wildlife of Meru is the highlight of the national park. Visitors can also see the home where George and Joy Adamson lived. The waterfall named after the family is also a nice and recommended attraction. Great views of Mt. Kenya. A key highlight accommodation facility is Elewana's Elsa Kopje. A place to quietly dream. Recommended quality, serenity and authentic Africa holiday experience. Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana is nestled amongst the wilderness of Mughwango Hill delivering one of the most romantic accommodations for those exploring Meru National Park.

Birdwatchers are happy to learn that there are 427 species of birds to check o during an exploration of the park area. Snake enthusiasts can hope for a chance to see pythons, puff adders, and cobras. River safaris are one of the best ways to capture sightings of some of the bird species that live along the banks. Ostrich can be found in some of the bushy grasslands.

Unique trails : Meru is a national park primary experience is game viewing. There are no trails or trekking in the park apart from exploring the immediate area near the Adamsonʼs home. The wilderness area of the park has no roads and can only be explored on foot. It requires KWS ranger guides as well as porters for carrying tents and supplies. It is not a hiking trail per se, but it is certainly provides a unique trekking through the wilderness.

Brochure & Holiday Ideas

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