Meru National Park
Meru National Park is not as popular as it once was, but is making a recovery. It was made famous through the book and Movie Born Free, by George and Joy Adamson. You can visit her grave site which is also where Joy Adamson's ashes were scattered.
The Meru National Park was made famous through the book and film Born Free based on George and Joy Adamson's work releasing hand raised Lions back into the wild. The park is small by Kenyan standards but is home to a diverse array of wildlife.
Meru National Park Highlights and Attractions
Visit Joy and George Adamson's House of Born Free fame.
Visit the grave of Elsa the Lion at Adamson Falls.
See Black and White Rhino in the Rhino Sanctuary.
Elsa's Kopje has a special licence to conduct night safaris and game walks within the park. As the park is not as popular, it will seem as if you have the park to yourself.
Heading out on game drives and taking in the scenic beauty of the landscape are the main activities in Meru National Park. Some visitors also make a pilgrimage out of visiting sites mentioned in Joy Adamson's book Born Free. One of the things to do is visit the graves of Elsa the Lion and Joy Adamson at the Adamson Falls in the National Park.
The park is very scenic with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, and fringed by the Nyambeni Hills in the West. The park is arid but is broken up with many Doum Palms as well as a few Baobab trees giving it a unique feel. Although mostly dry, there are 13 rivers which run through the park, and they are surrounded by lush riverine forest.
The park is also noted for the diversity of species which occur. You should have good sightings of Eland, Grevy's zebra, Gerenuk, Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, and Lesser Kudu. You may be lucky enough to see Cheetah and Leopard. Lion are present but are not as easy to spot as in other areas of Kenya. The Tana River is a good spot to see pods of Hippo.
Part of the reserve has been fenced off to create a sanctuary for 40 White Rhino and 20 Black Rhino, making this one of the best places in Kenya to see these endangered animals.
The Meru National Park is situated in a semi-arid zone of Kenya and experiences irregular rainfall, although like the rest of Kenya it has two wet seasons from June to April and November to December. The days are generally hot and the nights are warm. There is no great variation in temperature throughout the year as the park straddles the equator.
Airport -There are two airstrips, the main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge. The other is the Elsa's Kopje Airstrip.