Meru National Park in eastern Kenya offers Big 5 safaris with a rhino sanctuary. Wildlife adapted to arid conditions thrive here such as bush pigs, elephants, gerenuks, Grevy’s & Burchell’s zebras, reticulated giraffes; with their distinct pattern. Rarer species also include the lesser kudu, caracal, and aardwolf.
Meru National Park was the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”; the story of Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah.
At approximately 870km² and 300/350km northeast of Nairobi; the best time to visit is between June and October; when it is not as hot as other times.
Meru National Park is an especially wild and beautiful area of Kenya. It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3,400ft (1,036m) on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range northeast of Mount Kenya; to the wide-open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms. Three large rivers border the reserve; the Tana to the south, the Ura to the southwest, and the Rojeweru to the east.
Wildlife includes elephants, cheetah, leopard, black rhino, zebra, gazelle, oryx. Some of the rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu, duiker, and also the more common Dik-Dik; one of Africa’s smallest antelope. Large prides of lion can be seen, and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo; while the rivers abound with hippo and crocodile.
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded; including Red-necked falcon, Heuglins Courser, brown-backed woodpecker, African Finfoot, Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, sunbirds, starlings, and weavers.