lioness mount meru national park

Walk in the footsteps of Elsa the lioness

Walking safari

The essence of the walking safari

Leave the car behind and traverse the landscapes made popular by Joy Adamson and Elsa the lioness in the movie Born Free on foot. At Meru National Park in Kenya you can see unusual species such as the Grevy’s zebra and bohor reedbuck. Focus on the smaller details of the bush on your walks, from animal tracks to dung beetles, as well as the other elements that make up each fascinating micro-ecosystem. One of the most popular walks takes you to summit of Mughwango Hill, from when you can enjoy a panoramic view that stretches from snow-capped Mount Kenya in the west to the vast Meru plains in the east.

Recognised as having a larger diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa, your path through the wilds of Meru may reveal to majestic elephant herds, wallowing hippos, golden lions, elusive caracal, slinky reptiles, rare rhinos and more than 400 species of vibrant bird life.

Make sure you have your camera ready to snap extraordinary wildlife encounters set against the backdrop of a majestic landscape.

The skies are aflutter with beating wings and over 300 species of birds have been recorded at Meru, including the red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker and the Peter’s finfoot. A number of species inhabit the Murera and Ura Rivers, amongst them the Pel’s fishing owl and a number of kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weavers.

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