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.
Game viewing includes elephants, hippos, lions, leopards and cheetahs. There are also some rare antelope, including the Lesser Kudu, duiker and dik-dik, a tiny African antelope that stands just twelve inches high and is notoriously shy. Meru National Park also has some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo, along with hartebeests, giraffes and gazelles.
These animals are easily spotted from safari vehicles and, because the park is less visited than some of Kenya’s better-known parks; you do not have other vehicles of tourists sharing the sights with you.
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in Meru National Park, including the Peter’s Fin foot, the Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers.
There is also an abundance of ostriches, horn bills, secretary birds, eagles and other smaller birds. It is a good idea to carry a bird book to identify the many species you will see.
Game Viewing is excellent and includes four of the “Big Five” -elephants, lions, leopards and buffalo – as well as cheetahs, antelope, hippos and crocodiles. The roads are well graded and Meru National Park is quieter than some of the other parks.
Bird Watching – over 300 species of birds have been recorded within the park, including the Peter’s Fin foot, which inhabits the Murera and Ura Rivers, the Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers. Larger birds include the secretary bird, ostriches and horn bills. Take a spotter’s guide so that you can identify the many species you will see.
Scenic Safari – to enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape – stroll through or view the dense vegetation, forests and savannah with long grass, rivers and swamps.
Mount Kenya crowns the beautiful scenery of Meru National Park.
Best time to visit Meru National Park
The sunniest months are January and February, followed by June through September. Rainfall is low, especially in the eastern sector of the park so the rainy seasons are not a major problem
Lodges in and around Meru National Park
Camping: The beautiful landscape of Meru National Park is a camper’s paradise. There are eight special campsites that must be pre – booked and one public campsite.
Lodges: Murera Springs Eco Lodge, Leopard Rock Lodge, Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje Lodge. Most large hotels are in the town of Meru.
Bandas: The Kenya Wildlife Service self-help Banda and the Leopard Rock Banda total 120 beds.