Meru National Park though opened in 1968, remains one of the less-crowded game viewing destinations in Kenya. It is an ideal destination for visitors who are on a tour of the eastern and northern willdife circuits.
Meru National Park is situated about 350km from Nairobi. Tourists can get to Meru Kenya from Nairobi through Nyeri - Nanyuki - Meru road. Kina Airstrip serves this park.
The park enjoys an abundance of rainfall, which favours its lush vegetation. This park is quite popular with groups seeking overland safaris in Kenya.
The park became more popular through the book and movie Born Free, which documents the life of an orphaned lioness, Elsa the Lioness, raised by the conservationists George and Joy Adamson.
Meru National Park has a diverse geographical setup as there is a mix of profuse jungle, gushing rivers, savannah grasslands and swamps.
These diverse habitats are home to a variety of wild animals such as both species of Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, leopards, Oryx, lions, hippos, cheetahs, black rhinos, elephants, hartebeest and antelopes. The Park's highlights, the Lesser kudu.
The Adamson's falls, Tana River, and the home of George and Joy Adamson are some of the tourist attractions in the park. Tourists can also have a great view of Mount Kenya from the park.
There are also more than 300 bird species amidst the dangerous reptiles such as python, puff adder and cobra.
Things to do in Meru include camping, mountain climbing and game viewing.
Kenya Citizen Adult Ksh. 300
Kenya Citizen Child Ksh. 215
East African Resident Adult Ksh. 1030
East African Resident Child Ksh.515
Non-Resident Adult USD 52
Non-Resident Child USD 35
Minivans called matatus travel across Meru but they don't get to the National Park. Tourists may therefore hire a private car. A 4X4 vehicle is highly recommended because of the national park's rough terrain.
Access from Nairobi is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru all weather roads to Murera Gate from Maua is 35 km.
From Embu to Ura Gate is 120 km and only 290 km from Nairobi.