Holidays Safaris, Attractions
Meru National Park is
a holiday destination of choice for nature lovers and
adventurous alike. Meru is a beautiful paradise, a
place of tranquility, a holiday getaway enclave curved out by
nature for the enjoyment of entire mankind. To fulfill this
obligation, Meru national park has been attracting visitors from
diverse backgrounds and her critical mass continues to grow
daily. Some like George and George Adamson made Meru
National Park their home. It is in Meru National Park that they
brought up the Elsa, the lioness of the award winning born free
The Elsa story is
the bait that draws visitors to the park. It is an
adventure fantasy of how two conservationist raised up the lion
cabs, weaned them to maturity, the straggle and the suspense
that follow as they try to introduce it to the wild. While
Adamson insists that Elsa is a tame domestic cat unlikely to
survive in the wild, Joy insists that SHE was born free and must
be allowed to live free, hence the name born free and living
free. By and by Joy prevails and the cat is released to
the wild where she successfully is integrate into the wild
prides and is able to bring up her own cabs. Upon her
death, George buried her in Meru National Park. Her grave
a monument not to be missed by any visitor to the park.
Even more attractive
in Meru are the adventures of close proximity to nature.
This complete wilderness occupies an area of 870Km2 not counting
the adjacent Kora and Bisanadi National Parks. In
here nature freely interacts with minimal human interference.
This peaceful co-existence must not be taken for granted.
Most of the big game you see in Meru National Park have been
re-introduced after the original stock was decimate by poachers.
In the late 1970's and early 80's, the elephants, giraffes and
rhinos were completely wipe out. After intense trans-location,
the park has been restored to its former glory. Even a
Rhino sanctuary has been established in the park. Besides
the large mammal population, birdlife is immense with a total of
300 species recorded. Restocking 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
distinction of Meru is its natural beauty. Coupled with
this is the agreeable climate. Unlike other savannah
parks, Meru is lush. Being below Nyambene hills, the park
enjoy moderate rainfall and is watered by 14 rivers not to count
the large number of swamps. The majestic peaks of Mt Kenya
are clearly visible from every corner of the park. Most of the
visitors to Meru park bring a long heavy clothes. To
the surprise of many, the park is warm. Most of the time
you have to stay light even at night.
Meru is a model of an
eco tourism destination, a complete wilderness, where
nature takes its course with minimal human interventions.
At Meru National Park, responsible tourism and responsible
hospitality comes into play. The need to conserve must
balance the need to enjoy. All the players- the tourists,
the local people, the investors and the authorities must draw
tangible benefits from the park otherwise would not be
sustainable. Holiday makers come to Meru National Park to
be close to nature but not at the expense of their comfort.
One of the rules of eco-tourism is minimal disruption for gross
enjoyment. A viable holiday destination needs to develop
affordable visitor facilities of superior quality for the
maximum enjoyment of the visitors. High quality and affordable
facilities means that the way of life of the visitors is not
disrupted. That they are taken care of adequately means
longer stays and more revenue for investors, the authorities and
locals. Also important is the quality of man power. With
this in mind, there is a need to develop more activities and
accommodation facilities at affordable prices. For good
measure, facilities should be developed outside the park.
This policy will encourage investors to team up with the local
Accommodation in the park is diverse with luxury, mid range and
budget facilities to cater for different categories of travelers.
Luxury facilities include
Leopard Rock Lodge, Elsa's Kopje
Rhino River Camp and Off Beat Camp. Ikweta
Safari Camp is mid range camp with 10 tents. Budget
facilities include self catering KWS Bandas (Bwatherongi,
Murera and Kinna). Today Security is not an
issue. An important development has been the
renovation of Kinna Guest House. This former Wardens House
can cater for a maximum of 10 pax. At the cost of about
USD 300 full house, this would fall under mid range category.
Ikweta Safari Camp
(USD 150 Double FB)
Ikweta Safari Camp is the only mid range facility providing full
board services. Ikweta Safari Camp is located just two kilometres
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
Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Manyara,
Ngorongoro and Lake Nakuru Combinations.
Weekend Getaways /
Weekend Aways / Holiday Escapes,
Meru is an ideal
destination for weekend getaways, holiday and escape seekers.
Being only 350 Km from Nairobi, Meru is far enough yet very close to
the city. One can drive and will be in the park within 4 1/2
hours at most. Alternatively one can fly in. Daily flights
operate from Nairobi Wilson to Meru. The road from Nairobi to
Murera gate is all tarmac. 4x4s are ideal. However some
sections of the park are ideal for sedans.
Activities/ What to do in the Park
This 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 swimming pools.
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