Meru National Park is a Kenyan park located east of Meru. 350 km from Nairobi. Covering an area of 870 km², it is one of best known National Parks in Kenya. Affectionately known as Kenya’s complete wilderness sister to Kora National Park best known as ‘The Last Wilderness,Meru National Park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, from rare exotic birds to the elephants,lions,leopards,cheetahs and the Rhinos. It is also home to species as reticulated giraffe,grevy’s zebra,gerenuk and oryx which are rarely found in other national parks in Kenya.In addition it offers a variety of landscapes unparalleled in Kenya and arguably in east Africa.
An environment that is normally dry is transformed by the thirteen perennial rivers flowing through it which by the way originate from Nyambene hills.The waters are the main reason for the parks spectacular diversity of landscapes and wildlife.Needless to say Meru National Park is the place where the saga of Elsa the lioness of Born Free fame unfolded.The lions are still seen ,some of them have to be the heirs of the most famous lioness in the world.
There are two routes to Meru national park from Nairobi. The first is the main road Karatina, Nanyuki and Meru, the second is via Embu-Meru road. It offers the best approach via the Ura gate.There are a couple of airstrips in Meru Park thus accessible by air too.