Meru National Park straddles the equator and is wild and beautiful. Bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams the scenery is diverse and includes woodlands on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range and wide open plains at lower altitude with wandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms. The park covers 870 square kilometers.
Game includes lion elephant cheetah leopard and some of the rarer antelopes such as Lesser Kudu Duiker and one of Africa's smallest antelopes the Dik Dik. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya's largest herds of buffalo. The rivers abound with hippo and crocodile. Fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River.
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded including: the Peter's Finfoot which inhabits the Murera and Ura Rivers the Pel's Fishing Owl kingfishers rollers bee-eaters starlings and numerous weavers.
The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson's book "Born Free the story of the Adamson's life and research amongst lion and cheetah.Elsa" the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here.
Meru is not overcrowded and is a joy to visit for all true lovers of African wilderness.