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Meru National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

Kenya's underrated 21st century phoenix

The most untrammelled of Kenya's major safari reserves, Meru is a superb Big Five destination almost recovered from the poaching that nearly destroyed it in the 1980s

Extending over 870-square-kilometres of lush well-watered savannah east of Mount Kenya, Meru National Park is transitional to the moist central highlands and arid northern plains of Kenya. Wildlife, though plentiful, can be quite elusive, and the park is most notable perhaps for its untrammelled wilderness feel. Nevertheless, it is a good place to see localised large mammals associated with the arid north, including the handsome reticulated giraffe, striking Beisa oryx, shy lesser kudu and stretch-necked gerenuk antelope. The Big Five are all present too: with large herds of buffalo being a feature of the marshes, while more than 50 black and white rhinos have been introduced into a large fenced area since 2005.

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Meru may not be the best wildlife-viewing destination in East Africa, nor is it suited to everybody, but it is definitely one my favourites, just for its thrilling aura of vast, timeless space.

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Several of the camps here offer night drives, which can be very good for close-up sightings of genet and bushbaby. A series of 13 perennial streams rim through the park, emptying into the Tana River, which is Kenya's largest waterway and forms the park’s southern boundary. Lined with riverine forest and tall doum palms, these waterways support several hippo pools along with abundant birds on the open plains. Traditional safari favourites such as lilac-breasted roller are supplemented by several northern species at the most southerly extent of their range, including the striking vulturine guineafowl and Somali ostrich. Meru ranked among Kenya’s busiest safari destinations in the early 1980s, attracting up to 40,000 visitors annually, partly due to its association with the conservationists Joy and George Adamson. But after becoming a major battleground in the poaching wars of the late 1980s, it all but closed down following the fatal shooting of George Adamson outside its borders in 1989. Today, the wildlife is largely recovered from the late 1980s nadir and Meru among Africa’s best-kept wildlife secrets. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Meru National Park

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Meru National Park safaris

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

I wish to say thanks to Megan for all your assistance in ensuring that me and my wife enjoy a wonderful holiday, a nice stay at the hotel with just minor issues, and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park tour. We just wish to pass our gratitude for all…

Mokatse Itumeleng

from South Africa

It was great to work with Discover Africa and thanks so much for your help.

Lisa and Niall Shapiro

from Australia

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