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About Meru



Meru is an explorer’s paradise. The least visited of Kenya’s larger parks and reserves, this remote region is a lush green Eden. From the parks southern boundary, seemingly endless series of streams branch out from the Tana River bringing life to the land.

Meru’s thick forests, tall grass and stands of Doum Palm are surrounded by rolling hills and stark Kopjes. This is the wild country where the world famous lioness Elsa, of Born Free fame, was returned to the wild in the 1950’s.

This isolated unspoilt wilderness lets the visitor have the freedom to explore the park at a relaxed pace without encountering other people. Game tracking can be challenging but very rewarding. Lion are often seen on high rocky outposts, and large herds of Buffalo and Elephant can also be found. Other species include Reticulated Giraffe, Oryx, Lesser Kudu and Eland.

The thick riverine forest is perfect for birding, with species. Further along the Tana river from Meru, there is access to the smaller Kora National Park, and three reserves Bisanadi, North Kitui, and Rahole. This entire area is sparsely populated and wild, a place that rewards the visitor with untold natural riches. Meru is an untouched treasure awaiting discovery.

Getting Around - Road access to Meru is via Meru town, a three hour drive from Nairobi. Closer to the Park gates is the small village of Maua. Accessing Meru is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. The park has well established internal roads and tracks. Access to Kora, Rahole, Bisanadi or North Kitui can be difficult, and advice should be sought in advance. There are scheduled flights to Meru.

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