Meru National Park lies to the north-east of Mount Kenya and covers a huge area of pristine wilderness.
Meru itself is 870 sq.kms, but the wilderness extends into adjacent Bisanadi, Mwingi and Rahole National Reserves, as well as Kora National Park. The park consists mainly 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. To the south-east the land flattens and becomes much more arid.
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.