Meru National Park is a Kenyan national park located east of Meru, 350 km (220 mi) from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Covering an area of 870 km2 (340 sq. mi), it is one best known national parks in Kenya. Rainfall in this area is abundant with 635–762 mm (25.0–30.0 in) in the west of the park and 305–356 mm (12.0–14.0 in) in the east. The rainfall results in tall grass and lush swamps.

The park has a wide range of wild animals including the African bush elephant, lion, African leopard, cheetah, eastern black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, Grevy’s zebra, hippopotamus. Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy’s ashes were scattered on her gravesite.

Aside from the scenery and wildlife, tourist attractions in Meru national park include the once home of George and Joy Adamson, Adamson’s Falls, the burial sites of Joy Adamson and Elsa the Lioness, views of Mount Kenya, and the Tana River.

While at Meru national park you can sleep in comfortable lodge such as Leopard Rock lodge, Elsa’s kopje, Irina Guest house, Kirina Cottages among other beautiful lodges. Meru national park can be visited throughout the year but the best season starts from December to March and Mid-June to October in order to enjoy the park’s activities without interruption of rainfall in the area.

Activities in Meru national park

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