The Meru National Park became an international sensation due to the work of George and Joy Adamson – and their book and movie – Born Free. The book is about their lion and cheetah research and released their famous lioness ‘Elsa’ into the Meru National Park. The park boomed for a while but fell into neglect in the 1980s and 1990s. It was eventually re-opened with the help of the EU and some order restored. It is now a thriving wilderness with diverse landscapes and wildlife.
There are numerous streams and rivers are a crisscrossing the parks’s landscape. Most of the park is flat with huge areas are thickly covered in tall savannah grassland, which gets much shorter during the dryer months. The watercourses support a riverine acacia woodland that creates a jungle-like environment. These ares provide a good viewing opportunity of the numerous hippo and crocodile. There are also numerous fishing birds like the fish-eagle.
Other wildlife includes lions, cheetahs, reticulated giraffe, fine-striped Grevy’s zebra, dapper Beisa oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk gazelle, Grant's gazelles. The park is also home to some of the biggest herds of elephants and buffalo you’ll encounter anywhere in Kenya.
How to get to Meru National Park
The Meru National Park is located 348km (215 mi) from Nairobi via Nyeri. The roads are good all weather tarmac roads. It can be accessed by the Murera Gate. There are two airstrips; the main one at Kina, Mulika and the other is the Elsa's Kopje Airstrip.
- Famous home of Elsa the ‘Born Free’ lioness
- Beautiful riverine scenery
- Plenty of wildlife; lions, cheetahs, reticulated giraffe, fine-striped Grevy’s zebra, dapper Beisa oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk gazelle, Grant's gazelles
- Plenty of different kind of birds