Meru National Park straddles the equator and was made famous by the rescue of Elsa (the star in the Born Free book and film) by the late Joy Adamson.
Meru National Park Kenya is probably most famous for the story of Elsa the lioness who was rescued by the late Joy Adamson and is the main star in the Born Free book and film. The park straddles the equator and has a diverse ecosystem. Occasionally overlooked as part of a wider Kenyan itinerary, we do love it as the park itself is a vast expanse of 870 km² and rich in wildlife. Located northeast of Mount Kenya, the Meru Kenya area is home to lots of cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs) and tonnes of plains game, including the Samburu Special Five - Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and the long-necked gerenuk. It is also an excellent area for birders with over 427 recorded species including the Pel’s fishing owl.
Meru National Park FAQs
Where is Meru Kenya located?
The African National Park of Meru is located northeast of the majestic Mount Kenya, almost precisely in the middle of the country. The distance from Nairobi to Meru National Park is 335km. As part of a Tailormade Africa trip, we would recommend flying up to one of the airstrips closest to whichever lodge you are to stay at, as the drive is long and pretty bumpy to say the least! But don’t worry, we handle all of the logistics for you, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.
Where to stay in Meru Kenya?
There are a couple of excellent options here for a Meru Kenya safari including the famous Elsa’s Kopje which sits high up overlooking the original campsite where George Adamson raised and released orphan lions. All of our trips are entirely bespoke so we would help you to pick the right accommodation for you based on your personal preferences.
Named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film Born Free, Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, located in one of the most spectacular settings. Nestled into Mughwango Hill, the lodge enjoys panoramic views over the Meru plains from almost any point within the grounds ... Read more
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