Meru National Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah. “Elsa” the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here. The Park is situated right on the equator at an altitude of between 1000-3400 feet and covers 870 km2. Its natural scenery is diverse, from the wide-open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms, to the woodlands on the slopes of the Nyambeni mountain ranges, to the northeast of Mount Kenya.Game viewing at this park includes: Elephants, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Black Rhino, Zebra, Gazelle, Oryx and some rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu, Duiker and Dik Dik, a tiny African antelope that stands just twelve inches high and is notoriously shy. Large prides of Lion and African Buffalo can also be experienced at this park. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded, including: 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 weavers.
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