National Park

Meru National Park

Wild and beautiful, home to George Adamson's lions.

Kenya
Location
869 km²
Geographic Size
Dry season
Best Time to Visit

About Meru National Park

Meru National Park, located in eastern Kenya, offers a pristine wilderness experience, distinguished by its diverse landscapes that range from dense woodlands and grasslands to wide-open plains. This park gained fame through the story of Elsa the lioness, as depicted in the book and film "Born Free" by Joy and George Adamson. Today, it stands as a ...

When to go

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Seasons

July - September
Best time to go
Ideal for observing a wide range of wildlife in comfortable weather conditions.
July - September
December - February
High Season
Dry weather offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, with animals frequently visiting water sources.
March - March
October - November
Shoulder Season
Short rains bring fresh growth, attracting a variety of birds and revitalizing the park's flora.
April - June
Low Season
The rainy season sees lush landscapes and fewer visitors, but access can be challenging due to muddy conditions.

What to do

Wildlife

Meru National Park provides a serene and less crowded safari experience, with a rich assortment of wildlife thriving in its protected landscapes, offering visitors a glimpse into Kenya's successful conservation stories.

Lion

Common

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Occasional

Cheetah

Occasional

Hippo

Common

Hyena

Common

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Meru National Park is generally safe for tourists, with standard safari safety precautions advised. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, along with malaria prophylaxis, are recommended for visitors to Kenya.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Located approximately 350 km from Nairobi, the park is accessible by road, offering an adventurous journey through Kenya's diverse landscapes, or by air with flights to the park's airstrips for a quicker arrival.
Getting Around
Inside the park, travel is primarily by safari vehicles, with options for guided tours to explore the diverse habitats and wildlife. Walking safaris offer an intimate encounter with the park's natural beauty.
Visas
Following Kenya's recent visa policy update, most foreign visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to travel, simplifying the process for tourists and making Kenya more accessible.
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