Why visit the Meru National Park?

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.

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.

Why Visit?

  • Rhino Sanctuary – Meru National Park incorporates a 44km² rhino sanctuary, home to over 40 white rhino, and 20 black rhino and several babies.
  • 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.
  • Superb for families.
  • Fantastic koppies (hills) and views in a park where you are one of a small handful of guests.
  • The incredible true story of the Adamson lions.


Summer (November – March)
Min 20°C/68°F Max 34°C/94°F

Winter (June – August)
Min 11°C/52°F Max 25°C/77°F

Ready to start planning your journey?

Use the filters below to browse our selection of hand-picked travel ideas in this iconic destination