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.
Meru National Park is a Kenyan forest reserve located east of Meru, 348 km from Nairobi. This wild and beautiful wilderness, beloved of the late George Adamson and his wife Joy, straddles the equator, bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams. Ranging from 1000 to 3000 feet altitude it has diverse scenery from woodlands on the slopes of the Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mount Kenya, to wide open arid plains dotted with doum palms and baobabs. Covering an area of 870 sq km, it is one the lesser-known parks of Kenya. It has abundant rainfall, 635-762 mm in the west of the park and 305-356 mm in the east. The rainfall results in tall grass and lush swamps, which make it difficult to spot game. It has a wide range of wild beasts like elephant, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros and some rare antelopes.