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Meru National Park

Meru National Park is located in central Kenya, covering an area of over 800 square kilometers. It is situated northeast of Mount Kenya and spans both Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties. Here are some key features and information about Meru National Park:
  1. Location: Meru National Park is situated about 350 kilometers northeast of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It lies to the east of the Meru town.
  2. Landscape: The park features diverse landscapes, including riverine forests, savannah, and swamps. It is crossed by numerous rivers, including the Tana River, which flows through the eastern part of the park.
  3. Wildlife: Meru National Park is known for its rich biodiversity. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and numerous species of antelope. The park is also a haven for birdwatchers, with over 400 bird species recorded.
  4. Rhino Sanctuary: The park hosts a rhino sanctuary, contributing to the conservation efforts for both black and white rhinoceros. The sanctuary was established to protect and breed these endangered species.
  5. Mugie Dam: The park includes Mugie Dam, an artificial reservoir that attracts wildlife, particularly during the dry season. Visitors can enjoy game drives around the dam to observe animals in their natural habitat.
  6. Adamson’s Falls: Named after George Adamson, a renowned conservationist, Adamson’s Falls is one of the park’s notable attractions. It is a series of waterfalls on the Tana River.
  7. Birdlife: Meru National Park is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. The diverse habitats support a wide array of bird species, including kingfishers, eagles, vultures, and various waterbirds.
  8. Cultural Heritage: The park has historical significance, and the former home of George and Joy Adamson, known for their work with lions, is located in the park. Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free,” based on her experiences with Elsa the lioness, became internationally famous.
  9. Activities: Visitors to Meru National Park can engage in activities such as game drives, birdwatching, guided walks, and cultural visits. The park offers a less crowded safari experience compared to some of the more popular parks in Kenya.
  10. Accessibility: The park is accessible by road from Nairobi, and there are various accommodation options within and around the park, including lodges and tented camps.
Meru National Park offers a unique and diverse safari experience, allowing visitors to explore a less-commercialized wilderness and witness the beauty of central Kenya’s landscapes and wildlife.    
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