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Meru National Park is a Kenyan Game park located Eastern Province of Kenya, 350 kilometers from Nairobi with geographical coordinates of 0°5’37’N 38°12’29’E. The park covers an area of 870 square kilometers established in 1966 and governed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Between the years 2000 and 2005, Meru National Park suffered from poaching. The Kenya Wildlife Service, together International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), restored Meru National Park from near ruin to one of the most promising tourist destinations in Eastern Africa. IFAW donated $1.25 million to this major restoration project. This funding aided in improving the basic infrastructure and provided essential equipment and vehicles for law enforcement activities.
Meru National Park accommodations includes Leopard Rock Lodge, Elsa’s Kopje, Murera Bandas, Kina Bandas, and Meru Luxury House. The park’s camping facilities include Kampi Baridi; Kitanga; Makutano; Rojoweru; Mugunga; Ken Mare and Kanjoo which are special campsites. Meanwhile, Bwatherongi is a public campsite. Usual activities offered in the park include game viewing, camping, and scenery viewing. Tourist attractions include the former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the Llioness, rivers and riverine habitats, Adamson’s Falls, views of Mount Kenya, and the Tana River. Access roads from Nairobi (348 kilometers) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all weather roads. Access into the park from Maua to Murera Gate (35 kilometers) and 348 km from Nairobi. Meanwhile, access by air travel is through the main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip.
The Meru National Park Safari offers a Born Free experience as it takes one into the setting of best selling book and award winning movie about Elsa the Lioness.
Meru National Park boast of a rich wildlife through its swamps, riverine forests, savannah, sparse and thick bush. It has a wide range of wild beasts like elephant, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros and some rare antelopes. Rarer sightings include Grevy’s Zebra, Elephants, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Cheetah, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Bohor Reedbuck, Hartebeest, Python, Puff Udder, Cobra, and Buffalo. The Meru National Park has abundant rainfall. After the downpour, 300 species of birds look for trees for shelter as they await the rainbow. The park’s vegetation is mainly thorny bush land in the North, wooded grasslands in the West and open grassland elsewhere. The park also offer dense riverine forests of Doum and Raffia palm.
- Home of Elsa, the Lioness
Meru National Park was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson, who raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness was raised by game warden George Adamson and his wife Joy Adamson in Kenya, after George was reluctantly forced to kill their mother during one of his safaris. Elsa remained with the Adamsons until she was released into the wild, following the Adamsons’ efforts to train her to survive on her own. Elsa earned worldwide fame when her life’s story was published in the book Born Free. Elsa died when she succumbed to Babesia felis, a form of babesiosis, a blood disease somewhat similar in character to malaria, which often infects members of the cat family. Elsa’s cubs were released in the Serengeti. Elsa the Lioness is buried in Meru National Park and part of Joy Adamson’s ashes were scattered on Elsa’s grave site.
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