Vacations to Meru National Park, Kenya

Step into the wild at Meru National Park’s dense jungles, sun soaked savannahs, winding rivers and verdant swamps, where you’ll see some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife, all against the impressive backdrop of Kenya’s tallest mountain and namesake, Mount Kenya. This completely unspoiled landscape is the quintessential African experience and provides an excellent opportunity to embrace your inner adventurer. 

Straddling the equator, Meru National Park enjoys an abundant rainfall, which along with the presence of Kenya’s longest river, the Tana, results in lush greenery and wild jungles not found in the rest of the country. Long grasses sway in the breeze around towering trees whose silhouette looks particularly dramatic against the setting sun that scorches the skies with deep reds and oranges: a picture perfect view of Kenya. Not forgetting the rugged mountain range that frames the horizon of course, with the soaring Mount Kenya the crowning jewel of this natural wonder. 

The hugely varied scenery is home to some of the most beautiful animals in the world and makes for a perfect place to go on safari. Watch as gentle elephants make their way across vast plains, graceful cheetah lie low in the grasses, majestic lions lounge in the afternoon sun and lazy hippos bathe in murky pools. A must-see is the rhino sanctuary, home to 25 black and 55 white rhinos introduced here from Lake Nakuru national park after a particularly bad bout of poaching in the 1950s. Here you can gain an insight into the lives of these magnificent creatures, and the ways in which people are working to preserve them. 

What’s more, Meru National Park is home to incredibly diverse birdlife. The vast array of beautiful species will leave even the most experienced of birdwatchers speechless as these colorful critters flit in and out of trees. 

The national park has enjoyed particular fame due to the former residents Joy and George Adamson and particularly their pet: Elsa the Lioness. This couple of naturalists adopted Elsa as a cub, who they raised and later released into the wild, and you can read about this heartwarming story in best-selling book 'Born Free' or watch the movie of the same title, all of which was set in Meru National Park. 

Stray off the beaten path and follow Meru’s dirt tracks on a voyage of discovery, where the most breath-taking of Kenya’s flora and fauna abound in a gorgeous setting. 

Jen
Travel Designer & Safari Expert
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Map of Meru National Park