Welcome to Complete Wilderness at Meru National Park
Falling under the tropical climate, a cool winter and moderate summer months its straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it lies under ad beautiful natural landscape. It has diverse scenery from woodlands on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mt. Kenya, to wide open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms. Meru National Park is wild and beautiful, brilliant on a magnificent scale, the Meru and Kora sister parks feature luxuriant jungle, coursing rivers, verdant swamp, khaki grasslands and gaunt termite cathedrals all under the sky’s great blue bowl. Little visited and utterly unexploited, surrounded by a remote and rugged atmosphere in the mt Kenya region. It is noted for its fauna and natural beauty.
Kenyan wildlife journey will never be complete without an afternoon game drive. The drive around the park will expose the lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard black rhino, zebra, gazelle, oryx and some of the rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu and duiker, also the more common Dik Dik, one of Africa’s smallest antelope. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo. The rivers abound with hippo and crocodile, To make the park more fun fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River as you relax on the river bank with some canapes and a good book.
It is noted the in the mid 80’s, the African wildlife and ecosystems suffered enormously from poaching, and the fact the the park was never spared the brutality, however the relieve came as armed wildlife security patrols were commissioned to protect the wildlife as wells and harness the interactive activities but the wildlife and the communities who lived around them these initiative over an extended periods of time have driven out the poachers benefiting particularly the elephant population has stabilised with breeding herds settling down. A good initiative by the Kenya wildlife to save the wilderness and animals at large.
At Meru, you will find excellent views of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the park’s beautiful landscape is a camper’s paradise. The roads are suitable for vehicles and there are many rocky outcrops that provide great lookout points for the abundant Kenyan animals. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded, not limited to: Red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, sunbirds Peter’s Finfoot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers. There is also an abundance of ostriches, hornbills, secretary birds, eagles and other smaller birds. It is a good to carry a bird book to identify the many species you will see.
Meru National Park borders Bisanadi National Reserve, a true wilderness. It is only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles, and it covers a further 606km². The border between the two parks is known as “Kinna” and marks the division between the lands of the two neighbouring communities Meru and Boran tribes
It is well noted among the wildlife lovers and explorers that it is at the very Meru National Park, in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy’s ashes were scattered on her gravesite. While Elsa lived in many ways like a domesticated pet when she was small, Joy Adamson, whom Elsa trusted the most, considered her relationship with Elsa to be that of equals. Indeed, after sending the other two to a zoo, Joy was fiercely determined to give Elsa the education she needed to hunt and live in the wild. Her efforts paid off, earning Elsa worldwide fame at the time, when her early life’s story was published in the book Born Free.
Elsa’s life was cut short when she succumbed to Babesia felis, a form of babesiosis, a tick-borne blood disease similar to malaria, which often infects the cat family. Elsa’s grave is located in the Meru National Park. Her death occurred as local sentiment began to turn against Elsa and her cubs, forcing the Adamsons to consider relocation for the cubs. Elsa’s death made her cubs much more averse to human contact, even with the Adamsons themselves, complicating what would be their eventual capture and release in the Serengeti. The fate of the cubs upon their release was uncertain, though George Adamson was able to find Little Elsa alive, healthy, and in the company of two other unrelated lions during 19 months of subsequent searching. This was the last time that the Adamsons would ever see one of Elsa’s cubs. That might be the story of another day. Let all enjoy the nature.