Meru National Park
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The Park is located in
Meru Country in Kenya's Eastern Province below the eastern slopes of
Nyambene Hills. The Park lies 85 Km east of Meru town .
It is managed by Kenya wildlife
service on behalf of the Central Government.
The larger Meru
conservation area is a cultural melting pot and the success of the
Park depends on the generosity of the local communities. To the west
of the park on the slopes of Nyambene hills are the agricultural
Meru with hectares of Miraa (Catha edulis)
Other communities bordering the park are Kamba ,the Borana and Orma
pastoralists. A visit to the Park is not only about the
big five experience but also a good opportunity to meet and interact
with these communities, learn about their culture with long
traditions of conservation. Always bear in mind that without their
sacrifice, there would be no Meru Park.
Often referred to as
"a complete wilderness",
Meru Park National
Park is wild, one of the most beautiful in Kenya, ideal for
camping, picnics, adventures and safaris. With 14 permanent
rivers and numerous springs, it is a green paradise compared to dry
savannah of Kenya’s parks.
Meru is also referred to as “
Born free” country, Kenya's
best kept secret.
In the wilds of Meru Park , Joy Adamson wrote the book “Born
Free”, detailing her relationship with the lioness, Elsa. It
is here that Elsa the lioness of born free fame was raised, released
to the wild and buried.
The greater Meru
Conservation Area comprises of 40,000 km2 covering Meru,
Kora parks, Mwingi, North Kitui
and Rahore Nature Reserves.
Meru alone has an area of 870 km2 and lies at an
altitude of between 1,000-3,400 Ft above sea level and
comprise of that triangle between Rivers Murera and Tana.
Visit to Meru National Park/ Meru Game Park:
Meru can be visited
throughout the year. A visit to the Park is best combined with
the nearby attractions. These include
Mt Kenya National Park,
Lewa Down, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and
Shaba Reserve, Sweet Waters game
sanctuary. Just email us and let us organize a wonderful
safari to these places including
Manyara, Ngorongoro and
The black Rhino, of the rare species in
Meru National Park
The main Woodlands, wide open plains and riverine.
Getting to the Park:
Meru is accessible from
any part of the world. Whether you are in New York,
California, Beijing, Tokyo or Sydney you can easily visit Meru.
Just fly into Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta.
Fly/Flight From Nairobi.
The park has a total of
16 airstrips. However only 4 (Kinna, Mulika, Masanduku, Murera) are
mostly used. Currently there are no scheduled flights into the park.
Every airstrip has a gate to facilitate visitor entry.
Flights From Nairobi ( WIL)- Meru National Park
WIL-MERU NP FLT 861
DEP 0730 ARR 0815
Daily flights depart
Nairobi Wilson Airport. The flight schedules are as
Driving from Nairobi:
park is linked to Nairobi by all whether road via Murera gate.
There are two routes:-
Nairobi (348 kms), via
Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru-Mau-Murera Gate via all weather road.
Nairobi (348 kms), via Embu-Meru-
Mau-Murera gate via all weather roads. The junction to the park is
before you reach Mau town.
include-Murera, Bisanadi, Ura, Kinna
Vehicle: All the main
roads to the Park have been upgraded. Thus it can be accessed by a
standard vehicle. A sedan can access Mulika Lodge,
Leopard Rock Lodge, Kina Park headquarters and Bwatherongi Bandas
. However to fully enjoy the park, you need a 4WD.
From Meru town you can easily hire a car to the park from the tour
R&N Car Hire, 1st Flr. Doris House, Tom Mboya Street, Meru,
Kenya, Tel:+254 723 684 974, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org . Open throughout the week between
National Park Attractions- Physical Features
Attractions in Meru
National Park are both natural and artificial. Meru is
naturally endowed with wildlife-animals and plants. The
landscape is attractive with Mt Kenya clearly visible from the park.
The diverse human investments constitutes the artificial
attractions. Every visitor to Meru national park needs to appreciate
the human effort undertaken to restock the park. After intense
poaching of the late 70's and early 80's most of the wildlife was
completely wiped out. Most of the animals you come across in
the park have been Trans-located at heavy cost, including well whole
families. Heavy capital investments have gone into
infrastructure developments- upgrading of roads and airstrips not to
forget security. The local communities especially the Meru and
the Boran have set up cultural centers where visitors can sample
their ways of life. Below are the Attractions in
Mammals includes- Lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard ,Lesser
Dik Dik, buffalo, reticulated giraffes (Endangered),
black and white rhinos, Grevy's zebra (Endangered),
eland, Oryx, Impalas, buffaloes. Black and white Rhinos (
Endangered). Aquatic life include hippo and crocodile.
Fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along
the Tana River.
Uninterrupted view of Mt
species of birds recorded.
Adamson's grave and camp
Pipa was Cheater brought up by Joy Adamson.
was the lioness of the born free fame.
Mulika, Bwatherongi, Mururi and Leopard Rock. Animals
congregate in the swamps during dry season
total of 14 permanent rivers and numerous streams including Murera,
Rojowero, Kiolu, Ura, Bwatherongi. Tana River forms its
The rhino sanctuary can
be accessed from Murera gate.
Cultural centers- Meru
cultural center outside Murera gate and Malka (Boran) cultural
center outside Bisanadi Gate.
what to do in any destination.
Meru park is about exclusivity. Bird Watching,
Picnics, Camping, Wildlife Safaris, Adventure and Cultural safaris
can all be organized. Game and bird watching are best undertaken in
the morning and evening. Nature walks, rafting and fishing can
be organized along Tana River. Afternoons are best spent on
cultural tours, fishing, rafting or just relaxing at the hotel
Meru National Park
In the 1970's the park
boasted of more than three hundred Black Rhinos. By 1997, this
population had been reduced to zero. The plan right now is to
re-introduce about 30 Black Rhinos. After the 1989 massacre of
the white Rhinos, the lone survivor Mukora was
re-located to Lake Nakuru. In 2002, seven White Rhinos,
including Mukora were once more re-introduced from
Lake Nakuru National
Meru National Park will go
in conservation books as one of the largest big mammal translocation
undertaken in human history. In total 66 Elephants
trans-located from Laikipia Private-
Sweet Waters game sanctuary & Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Whole families have been trans-located to avoid disruption of family
bonds. Besides Elephants and Rhinos other translocations include:-
20 Grevy's Zebra. The
Grevy's Zebra is highly venerable to extinction.
In 2003, 39
reticulated giraffes were trans-located from
making a total of 51 of these rare species in Meru park.
Meru Park is a
holiday destination of choice for nature lovers and features a
Rhino Sanctuary. Making it a home away from home are diverse
accommodation facilities to cater for different categories of
River Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge, Elsa's Kopje Lodge , Meru Mulika
Lodge, Off Beat Campsite provide
luxury accommodation in the Park. Luxury accommodation
facilities rates vary between USD 300 per person to USD 600 PP per
Meru Mulika Lodge ( Temporally closed for renovation)
is located a few meters from Murera gate.
Mid Range Accommodation in Meru National Park
Mid range facilities are
located outside Meru National Park include
Ikweta Safari Camp and Murera River Camp
Ikweta Safari Camp
(USD 150 Double FB)
Ikweta Safari Camp is the only mid range facility providing full
Ikweta Safari Camp is located just two kilometres outside of
Ikweta Safari Camp features Ten (10) spacious tents thatched in
makuti and tastefully decorated in Safari-style and with high
quality furniture including either twin or double beds. Excellent
meals prepared from the freshest local produce. Large swimming pool
and other amenities.
Bwatherongi, Kinna and Murera.
The Bwatherongi Bandas -Self Catering :- With a
swimming pool the Bwatherongi Bandas are some of the Best in
Kenya. Bwatherongi Bandas are well spaced giving each
individual visitor utmost privacy. The Bandas are located on the
banks of bwatherongi river. Bwatherongi Bandas feature
private bathrooms with hot showers. The cooking area is outside
Murera Bandas -Self Catering:
Just inside the
Murera Gate. These are also self contained with hot
showers. They are well spaced giving each banda privacy.
The bandas are located on the banks of Murera River across which
is Bisanadi National Reserve.
There are numerous
campsites through out the park. Special Campsites include
Kampi Baridi; Kitanga; Makutano; Rojoweru; Mugunga; Ken Mare and
Kanjoo. These ones have no facilities and prior booking is
campsites with showers are available at Bwatherongi Bandas.
To the East park lies
Bisanadi National Reserve. It is located at the border of Meru
and the Borana people. Opened in 1979 it occupies an area of 606
Km². It accessible by 4WD vehicles is ideal for camping. There
is an airstrip at Korbessa. Kora National Park
Across Tana River covering an area of 1,787 square kilometers. It is in Kora
National park that George Adamson was murdered in his camp. Kora is
full of Inselbergs, rocky outcrops covered with vegetation that seem
to appear randomly above the plains.
Mammal life include elephant, Lesser Kudu, wild dog, striped
and spotted hyenas, leopard and cheetah.
21 species of fish have been recorded, with 500 species of
insect, 33 molluscs and 40 reptiles.
Meru Town Hotels
Meru is a small
agricultural town on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Budget
hotels exist in Meru town. The
hotels in Meru town
include the following:-
Gatimene Palm Springs,
Meru Three Steers Hotel,
Nevada Palace Hotel, Meru Kenya,
West Wind Hotel Meru,
White Star Hotel
Hotel Royal Prince, Brown Rock Hotel, Milimani Hotel,
Pig & Whistle:
The Pig & Whistle Hotel was built in 1930s. It is in
this hotels that Joy and George Adamson stayed resulting in Joys
divorce from her second husband Peter Bally. To Book/ Reserve any
of the above hotels email us:
interest within Meru Town
The town is an
agricultural centre. Tourism is not prevalent thus if you
desire a hassle free cool place, you can use it as a base to
explore the slopes of Mt. Kenya and Laikipia. The town is
surrounded by agricultural farmlands. Wheat and
horticulture plantations occupy the Timau region adjacent to
Lewa Conservancy. An interested visitor with intentions to
mingle with the locals can sample the following:-
Meru Museum: Formerly a District Commissioner's
Office was built in 1916. The Museum is ethnographic
exhibiting the Culture of the local people. On display are
various tools, artefacts, local geology, stuffed mammals and
birds. Besides the museum has a traditional homestead, a
crocodile and snake pit and various herbs.
The Njuri Ncheke
(Council of elders) headquarters at Nciru to learn how justice was
dispensed in the old days among the locals. The Gakoromone open
air market for stocking up and chatting with the locals.
Just carry loose change to use in the market and be careful of
pick pockets. Lake Nkunga picnic
site can be visited with arrangement. Rukunga's private
museum. Visit the King
Swimming is available
at the Golf Club and Fred's Academy. The pool at the Golf
Club is good and its rarely used