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  • Hi Rob and team, Just to say thank you so much for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Every part of it was exciting and memorable, (sometimes a little too exciting!) and the variety was perfect. Both Impala camp and Kicheche Mara were fantastic. The setting of Kicheche Mara, especially, was stunning. Our guide at Impala, Gerard, was particularly great. He was brilliant with the kids and was a real inspiration to a budding zoologist like James. Similarly, Rosie and especially Simon at Sosian, were also fantastic with James and Imo. Simon made there stay a real ‘adventure’. They both felt very at home there! Giraffe Manor, as expected, was a completely memorable experience for everyone, and a real treat. Zanzibar provided a perfect bit of relaxation (not to mention a bit of education for us all) and the staff gave James a very special 12th birthday. Emakoko laid on 8 Rhino (2 extra in addition to the 6 that Jen had jokingly requested on entering the park!) plus a first class supper. Once again thanks very much for your hard work, it was very much appreciated.

    Nick, Jo, James and Imogen travelled on a family holiday to southern Tanzania and Kenya
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Meru National Park

Meru, together with the adjacent Bisanadi, Mwingi and Rahole national reserves and Kora National Park, lies to the north-east of Mount Kenya and covers a huge area (Meru itself is 870 sq.kms). The north-west of the park is significantly wetter and more hilly, whilst to the south-east the land flattens (the elevation varies from 1,500’ to 4,000’). The region consists of semi-arid savannah where the wildlife is found in scattered ‘pockets’ near the many swamps and nine watercourses. These occur mainly in the northern and western parts of the Park, forming lovely palm-fringed oases with clear streams.

There are five major vegetation types/habitats to be found in Meru and this accounts for the wide variety of animals and birds to be seen, including species found in the drier northern regions – reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, lesser kudu, Grevy’s zebra, and gerenuk.

Meru suffered terribly during the heavy poaching years of the 1980’s, and subsequently, has not been a major tourist destination for as long as other destinations in Kenya. The game-viewing is good, if a little unpredictable at times, but with very few camps or lodges, Meru does offer real exclusivity.

For further information on safaris to Meru National Park please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari experts.

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