Experience Meru National Park, Kenya

Meru National Park is best known for being the setting of Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free,” which tells the story of Adamson’s life and study among lions and cheetahs. The lioness “Elsa” was the most famous, and her grave is marked here. The park occupies 870 km2 and is located directly on the equator at an altitude of 1000-3400 feet. Its natural scenery is varied, ranging from wide-open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms to woodlands on the Nyambeni mountain ranges, northeast of Mount Kenya.

Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Black Rhinos, Zebras, Gazelles, Oryx, and some rarer antelope such as Lesser Kudu, Duiker, and Dik Dik, a tiny African antelope that stands just twelve inches tall and is famously shy, can all be seen in this park. At this park, you can see large pride of lions and African buffalo. Red-necked falcon, Heuglin’s 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 are among the 300 species of birds reported.

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Recommended Tours Featuring Meru National Park

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Meru or how we incorporate Meru with the other destinations in Kenya. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Zebras at Meru

8 Days

Kenya Thrilling Safari
From $1,926 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Meru, Samburu & Nanyuki

Lion at Meru National Park

7 Days

Born Free Safari
From $ 2,075 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Meru, Lake Nakuru, Naivasha & Masai Mara

Elephant at Samburu

7 Days

Discover Northern Kenya Safari
From $1,785 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Meru, Samburu & Aberdare

Map of Meru National Park

Places to Stay at Meru National Park

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Meru National Park that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Leopard Rock Lodge

Leopard Rock Lodge

Leopard Rock Lodge offers its guests a high class experience in a fascinating and charming environment at Meru National Park, Kenya.




Elsa Kopje

Elsa Kopje

Sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions, long before conservation became fashionable, Elsa’s Kopje  is one of the most romantic and styled lodges in Meru. 

ikweta Tented Camp

iKweta Camp

iKWETA Safari comprises of 10 spacious Guest Tents with a safari-style decoration with high-quality furnishings and it is one of the best hotels in Meru National Park.



Rhino River Camp

Rhino River Camp

Rhino River Camp offers endless opportunities for adventure and the perfect space for relaxation as well as  classic African wildlife, bush hike or simply soaking up the savannah sun with a drink in the evening.


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