Best remembered as the setting where Elsa, Joy Adamson’s lioness, was returned to the wild. Meru provides a stunning combination of diverse habitats. On the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya, it remains an unspoilt wilderness. Dense riverine forests attract Leopards, and a full complement of ‘the big five’ including Black Rhino, in a dramatic setting adorned with doum palms. Over 300 species of birdlife have also been recorded. Wooded thornbush and grasslands in volcanic rock, give way to open red soil grasslands over in the east. Highlights include Mulika Swamp, and the noisy Adamson’s Fall where the Rojweru and Tana rivers converge.
Meru is untamed expanse,for many years the kept secret amongst travelers passionate about beauty, peace, and true wilderness. Landing there you feel part of the landscape, vibrating with hidden sights and unfamiliar sounds. You become aware of underground dwellers…. amazing insect life with sophisticated rites and rituals. You will follow the fresh tracks of animals….then suddenly your standing stark still, watching a lesser kudu watching you or giraffe testing the air only yards away from you and your guide.
Here you will encounter many species than in any other park in East Africa. Meru is famous for its birdlife with forest and riverine as well as the arid species. Regular sightings include elephant, white rhino, eland, Beisa, Oryx, Gerenuk, grevy’s Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, grants gazelle and their predators lion, leopard, cheetah and the hyena.
Guided nature walks, exploring the park on foot, bush breakfasts on the plains, sundowners at the hippo pools, line fishing, swimming in the horizontal pool cleft in the rocks.