of Mount Kenya
National Park is located East-North-East of Mount Kenya
in Meru District of Eastern Province, 350 kilometers
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National Park; Meru National Park is located
East-north-east of Mount Kenya in Meru District of Eastern
Province, 350 km from Nairobi. Meru National Park Covers
an area of 870 km² and the Altitude range between
1,000 - 3,400 Feet.
National Park is wild and beautiful. Straddling the
equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed
streams, it is an especially beautiful area of Kenya.
It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3,000 feet
on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, northeast
of Mount Kenya, to wide open plains with wandering riverbanks
dotted with doum palms.
Meru National Park animals include: lion, elephant,
cheetah, leopard and some of the rarer antelopes; Lesser
Kudu, duiker and Dik Dik, one of Africa's smallest antelopes.
Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya's
largest herds of buffalo.
rivers abound with hippo and crocodile, fishing for
barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along
the Tana River. In the mid 1980's, the Park suffered
from poaching, however Kenya Wildlife Service armed
wildlife security patrols have driven out the poachers
and the elephant population has stabilized with breeding
herds settling down.
National Park has over 300 species of birds including:
the Peter's Finfoot which inhabits the Murera and Ura
Rivers, the Pel's Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers,
bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers.
National Park is most
famous as the setting for Joy Adamson's book
"Born Free" the story of the Adamson's
life and research amongst lion and cheetah.
"Elsa" the lioness was the most well-known
and her grave is marked here.
One lodge and two tented camps
are planned inside the Park. There are eight
special campsites which must be pre-booked,
one public campsite, Kenya Wildlife Service
self-help banda and Leopard Rock bandas (total
On the border of Meru National
Park is Bisanadi National Reserve. Known as
'Kinna', the border between Meru and Bisanadi
Parks is the traditional division between the
Meru and Boran tribe's people.
The Reserve was opened in September
1979 and occupies an area of 606 square kilometers.
A true wilderness area without any accommodation
it is only accessible by 4WD vehicles.
There is an airstrip at Korbessa.
Another area made famous by the Adamsons is
Kora National Park. Opened in October 1989,
280 kilometers northeast of Nairobi, it is an
easy outing from Meru National Park.
Covering an area of
1,787 square kilometers, bounded by the Tana River,
George Adamson's camp was here until he died. A feature
is the sudden appearance of lush green "oases",
created by the lines of doum palms which shelter the
banks of the Tana River.
Striking are the Inselbergs
(isolated rocky outcrops) covered in vegetation which
create random islands above the plains. Kora has diverse
wildlife: 21 species of fish have been recorded, with
500 species of insect, 33 molluscs and 40 reptiles.
Species to view include: elephant, Lesser Kudu, wild
dog, striped and spotted hyenas, leopard and cheetah.
Other regional Parks
include Rahole National Reserve, offering a wide variety
of plains game, hippo, crocodile and excellent bird
viewing; also Mwingi National Reserve, formerly North
Kitui. Game to view includes hippo, crocodile, buffalo
National Park Accommodation
Safari Camp for more information
Country Inn for more information
River Camp for more information
Leopard Rock Lodge for more information
Elsa's Kopje Luxury Camp for more information
& Reservations for safaris to Meru National Park
located East-North-East of Mount Kenya in Meru District
of Eastern Province, 350 kilometers from Nairobi, Kenya
Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
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