The 870 sq km Meru National Park, once the home of Joy and George Adamson, of ‘Born Free’ fame, is set to make a comeback as one of Kenya’s great wildlife viewing parks and is being restocked by the Kenya Wildlife Service. The park consists largely of open savannah and forms a complex of protected areas that also include the adjacent Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves, Kora National Park and Rahole National Reserve.

Meru National Park has 13 rivers and plentiful mountain-fed streams. It has diverse scenery from woodlands to wide open plains, undulating landscapes and rich grey alluvial volcanic soils making one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya. The park covers an area of 870 km2 and is located at the east-north-east of Mount Kenya.

Major attractions at Meru National Park

  • The former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness.
  • View of Mt. Kenya
  • Rivers and riverine habitats
  • Tana River
  • Adamson’s falls

Grevy’s zebra, elephants, eland, bush pig, waterbuck, cheetah, leopard, reticulated giraffe, hippopotamus, bohor, reedbuck, hartebeest, python, puff udder, cobra, buffalo among others.


More than 427 recorded species

Taita Fiscal, Meru National Park
Taita Fiscal, Meru National Park | Photo by Robert Muckley – Flickr


Mainly thorny bushland in the North, wooded grasslands in the West and open grassland elsewhere. The park also dense riverine forests of doum and raffia palms.

What to Do

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Sightseeing

How to Get to Meru National Park

Roads: Access from Nairobi (348 km) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all-weather roads.

Air: The main airstrip is at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje Airstrip.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit Meru National Park all year round.

Other Details

Park Size

870 sq. Km


The park’s wet seasons are April-June and November-December. Rainfall ranges between 635-762 mm in the west and 305-356 mm in the east.

What to Take With You

Drinking water, picnic items, and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

Park Entry Fees

Check KWS Website to get updated prices.