​Getting There – Meru NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Your entry point to Kenya will most likely be Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 15km/9mi southeast of the capital city Nairobi.

Meru National Park is 355km/220mi northeast of Nairobi (a drive of 6 to 8 hours*) and 60km/37mi east of Meru town (a drive of 1 hour*). Many people visit Meru by 4WD on an organized safari while visiting several other parks. The distance from Samburu National Reserve is about 150km/90mi and the driving time is around 2½ hours*. Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the conservancies of Laikipia can also be easily combined with Meru.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

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Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to one of two airstrips inside the park. It is also possible to organize a private charter from any other park, or from the town of Nanyuki. Charter flights between parks are usually booked by tour operators as part of the tour package.

Scheduled flights to Meru National Park can be booked with AirKenya. They leave from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi, as well as Lewa Downs, Loisaba, Nanyuki, Samburu and the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Kenya page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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