Meru is an explorer’s paradise. The least visited of Kenya’s larger parks and reserves, this remote region is a lush green Eden. From the parks southern boundary, seemingly endless series of streams branch out from the Tana River bringing life to the land
Meru National Park is located East of Mount Kenya in Meru District of Eastern Province, 35km East of Maua town in the Northeastern lowlands below the Nyambeni hills. The 870km2 park is mostly savanna. This park is part of the protected areas along the Tana river that includes the adjacent Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves (to the east and south respectively), Kora National Park and Rahole National Reserve.
The wetter Northwestern sector is hilly, with rich volcanic soils. The land flattens towards the East, where grey alluvial volcanic soils appear. The area is crossed by numerous permanent streams, draining from the Nyambenes and flowing in parallel between tongues of lava, south eastwards towards the Tana River. In addition to the streams, the park is bounded by three large rivers: the Tana to the South, the Ura to the Southwest and the Rojeweru to the East. There are several prominent rocks or Kopjes, notably Mughwango and Leopard Rock
Meru’s thick forests, tall grass and stands of Doum Palm are surrounded by rolling hills and stark Kopjes. This is the wild country where the world famous lioness Elsa, of Born Free fame, was returned to the wild in the 1950’s.
This isolated unspoilt wilderness lets the visitor have the freedom to explore the park at a relaxed pace without encountering other people. Game tracking can be challenging but very rewarding. Lion are often seen on high rocky outposts, and large herds of Buffalo and Elephant can also be found. Other species include Reticulated Giraffe, Oryx, Lesser Kudu and Eland.The thick riverine forest is perfect for birding. Meru is an untouched treasure awaiting discovery.
Road access to Meru is via Meru town, a three hour drive from Nairobi. Closer to the Park gates is the small village of Maua. The park has well established internal roads and tracks. Access to Kora, Rahole, Bisanadi or North Kitui can be difficult. There are scheduled flights to Meru.