Made famous by conservationist Joy Adamson and the film based on her book "Born Free", Meru National Park features 13 rivers and supports a wide range of diverse habitats. It is a paradise for bird watchers, as several rare bird species are found here.
A small but highly diverse park , Meru has the feeling of a far larger wilderness and was home to Elsa the lioness of "Born Free" fame.
- Rhino Sanctuary – Meru National Park incorporates a 44km² rhino sanctuary, home to over 40 white rhino, and 20 black rhino and several babies. The size of the sanctuary ensures a feeling of wilderness, and finding the rhino is still a game drive challenge!
- History – built overlooking the site of George Adamson’s camp in Meru, the rock was the playground of Elsa the lioness of “Born Free” fame.
- Location – currently the only fully operational lodge in Meru National Park, Elsa’s guests have the entire Park to themselves. The park is arid with Doum Palms and Baobab trees, but its 13 rivers and springs also allow for thriving riverine habitats. Meru National Park is known for its diversity of habitats and species. The lodge has special licence to walk, fish, and conduct night game drives. The peak of Mughwango Hill looks down over the park, affording a breathtaking 360º view of the surrounding volcanic plains.
Min 20°C/68°F Max 34°C/94°F
Min 11°C/52°F Max 25°C/77°F
- Traveling with ChildrenKenya offers wonderful value for families, with many properties running specialised children’s programmes. Please note that there may be age limits for game drives, walking safaris and adventure activities.
- WildlifeThe “Samburu 5”, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra and Gerenuk
- LanguagesMore than 40 ethnic languages are spoken in Kenya, although the national language is Swahili. Most Kenyans also understand English.
- Flying to South MeruNairobi is the main airport for international flights. From Nairobi local carriers connect to the major tourist destinations in both National Parks and beach areas.
- CurrencyKenyan Shilling (KS) or US Dollar (USD)
Enhance Your Experience With
- Maasai Cultural Visits
- Game Drives & Guided Walks
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