Meru National Park

Meru National Park

Meru National Park is one of the hidden treasures of Kenya. It is located east of Meru and on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mt. Kenya. The park is 350 km from Nairobi and covers an area of 870 km². Lying at an altitude of around 1000m, the park gets gradually drier as you head southeast towards the Tana River where the altitude averages around 300m and temperatures gets higher.It is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lions and cheetahs. “Elsa” the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here.

The park is well fed with numerous rivers and streams that flow from the Nyambene hills. It is bordered by riverine forests dotted with Doum palms and Raffia palms.


  • The grave of Elsa the Lioness
  • Wildlife and birdlife
  • Black and White Rhino in the Rhino Sanctuary
  • Former home of Joy & George Adamson and Elsa the lioness
  • Views of Mount Kenya
  • Adamson Falls


  • Game viewing on a self-drive or guided game drives offered by your lodge/camp you stay.
  • Bird watching
  • Walking safaris
  • Fishing
  • Night game drive


Meru National park is a perfect place with high probability of sighting the predators such as lions and cheetahs. The characteristic plains grazers of the northern region are also found here.  The magnificent reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, beautifully marked lesser kudu, the long-necked browsing gerenuk and Hartebeest. Large herds of elephants, Grant’s gazelles and some of the biggest herds of buffalos including other savanna species are also home in this wonderful park. You also have the chance of sighting the hippopotamus and Bohor reedbuck along the rivers and in the swamps.


Meru Rhino Sanctuary

Meru national park has one of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in Kenya. The protected area is within the park, beside the western boundary near the main gate, covering a substantial 80km². Protected by fencing that allows free movement by smaller animals, and rangers, The rhinos which includes both the white and the black rhinos are monitored throughout and are well used to visitors.




Meru national park is a birdwatchers paradise with over 400 species of birds having been recorded. Starting with the ostrich, the vulturine guinea, Red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, black-bellied sunbirds, African/Peter’s Finfoot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, golden-breasted starlings and weavers.




Access from Nairobi is via Nyeri – Nanyuki – Meru or via Makutano – Embu-Meru roads.

The road network is good and can be accessed by any kind of vehicle. However during the rainy season you need a 4WD to maneuver through the park.


Main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip.



Elsa’s Kopje

Leopard Rock Lodge

Rhino River Camp

KWS Bandas-Murera Cottages

Murera Springs Eco Lodge

Ikweta Safari Camp.


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One thought on “Meru National Park

  1. June 25, 2019

    Thanks for share the information about Meru National Park. I like your blog.


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