Meru National Park

The park is home to a large pride of lions, herds of buffalo, and hippos and crocodiles that live in the rivers

MERU NATIONAL PARK

Destination Overview

Meru National Park is noted for its fauna and natural beauty. It has many swamps and rivers lined with palms, as well as mountains and woodlands, and it is the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, which was later made into a successful film. The park is home to a large pride of lions, herds of buffalo, and hippos and crocodiles that live in the rivers.At Meru, you will find excellent views of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the park’s beautiful landscape is a camper’s paradise. The roads are suitable for vehicles and there are many rocky outcrops that provide great lookout points for the abundant Kenyan animals.

Where to find Meru National Park

Basic Facts, Attractions

Meru a savannah National Park forms part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana River that includes the adjacent Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves (to the east and south respectively), Kora National Park and Rahole National Reserve.

  • Altitude: 1,000-3,400 Ft
  • Area: 870 Sq. Kms.
  • Distance from Nairobi: 348 Kms.
  • Opened April 1968

Attractions

  • Beautiful landscape, 13 rivers
  • Former home of George & Joy Adamson & "Elsa" the Lioness
  • Game viewing: Elephant, Hippo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Crocodiles
  • Campers paradise
  • Excellent views of Mount Kenya

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