Meru National Park

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About Meru National Park

This undervalued national park offers great wildlife viewing opportunities. Meru is a lot less busy than some of Kenya’s more popular parks, and has an unspoilt feel. All of the Big Five are present. Elephants are very common, and there is an enclosed rhino sanctuary – Meru is one of the best places in Kenya to see rhino. The park is extremely scenic with tall doum palms growing along the park’s many watercourses.

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870km² / 336mi²
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317-789m / 1,040-2,589ft
Pros and Cons
  • Good wildlife viewing with some dry country specials
  • Never very busy
  • Stunning scenery
  • Excellent birding with dry country specials
  • Great accommodation options
  • Animals aren’t very habituated
  • Predator sightings are hit-and-miss


Meru is home to the Big Five. Elephants migrate through the park and big herds can sometimes be encountered. Big cats are more difficult to spot, but it isn’t rare to have a sighting all to yourself. Also, lion sightings are becoming more common in recent years. Northern Kenya specials include Beisa oryx, Reticulated giraffe, and the odd-looking gerenuk.
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Meru is particularly scenic. The Tana River on the southern boundary is the largest waterway in Kenya, and several small streams run through the park. Beautiful doum palms and baobab trees are silhouetted against the sky, and with the red soil, make a striking background for arid-adapted animals.

Weather & Climate

The levels of precipitation change dramatically over the course of a year. Most of the Dry season (June to October) sees very little rain. This changes in October, when the rainfall edges up in advance of the Wet season (November to May), leading to a peak of wet weather in April. The opposite is true of temperatures at Meru, whose location near the equator ensures consistent daytime temperatures of around 32°C/90°F.
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Best Time to Visit

The lack of rain in the Dry season (June to October) makes this the best time to get to Meru. The grass doesn’t grow much, making the wildlife easier to spot, and conditions are generally better for navigating the park’s lovely landscape. In the wetter months, high grass tends to obscure the animals, and elephants depart for drier ground.
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By NewbyGaronga from United KingdomGB

This was my seventh visit to Meru since 2010. It is probably the most scenic park in Kenya; criss-crossed by 13 permanent rivers fed from the Nyambene Hills which form a beautiful backdrop to the west of the park giving occasional glimpses of Mount K... Full review

  • Reticulated giraffe
  • Meru sunrise
  • Rojewero River

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