Meru National Park

Meru National park

This Park is 80 kms east of Meru town and can be reached good roads passing through green farmland and the rolling Nyambene Hills. Of all of Kenya's national parks and reserves, Meru likely has the greatest variety of habitats and landscapes within its bounds.
Savannah, forest and swamp can all be found in the reserve which is dissected by at least 15 seasonal rivers, including the Tana River. Meru's proximity to Mount Kenya and the Nyambene's contribute to the Park's good rainfall, particularly in its western sections. The eastern section of the park is generally more arid. There is a great variety of wildlife at Meru, including elephant, cheetah, leopard.
Meru National Park is perhaps most famous as the place where Elsa, the lioness, was returned to the wild in Joy Adamson's famous book Born Free.

Acces:
The main route into the park is from Meru along the C91 to Murera Gate. It is also possible to enter the Park via the Ura Gate, from the C92 Meru - Tunya road and a small track from C92 to Gatunga. Once within the park, the western section is well marked by tracks throughout, while the eastern sections require good four wheel drive cars
During the rainy season,

travel within the Park can be hard for passenger cars, so four wheel drives are recommended. Buses from Nairobi to Meru town are frequent, as are buses from Meru to nearby Embu and Nanyuki. From Meru, there are occasional buses going to the town of Maua and further on to Murera Gate, though these are far and few between, and walking further into the Park from the gate is prohibited.

Wilflife:
Reptiles: Python, Puff Adder, Cobra.

Insects/arthropods: Scorpion, Dragon fly, Butterfly, Grasshopper.

Major Animals: Aardwolf; Ant Bear; Baboon, Olive; Bat, Angola Free-tailed; Bat, Banana; Bat, Epauletted Fruit; Bat, False Vampire; Bat, Flat-headed Free-tailed; Bat, Hollow-faced; Bat, Lander's Horseshoe; Bat, Lesser Leaf-nosed; Bat, Pale-bellied Fruit; Bat, Rousette Fruit; Bat, White-bellied Free-tailed; Bat, Yellow-bellied; Bat, Yellow-winged; Buffalo, African; BushBaby; Bushbuck; Caracal; Cat, African Wild; Cheetah; Civet, African; Dik-dik, Kirk's; Dog, Hunting; Dormouse, African; Duiker, Blue; Duiker, Bush; Eland; Elephant, African; Galago, Greater; Gazelle, Grant's; Genet, Common; Genet, Large-spotted; Genet, Small-spotted; Gerenuk; Giraffe, Reticulated; Hare, African; Hare, Spring; Hartebeest, Coke's; Hedgehog, East African; Hippopotamus; Hyaena, Spotted; Hyaena, Striped; Hyrax, Rock; Hyrax, Tree; Impala; Jackal, Black-backed; Jackal, Side-striped; Kudu, Lesser; Leopard; Lion; Mongoose, Banded; Mongoose, Dwarf; Mongoose, Large Grey; Mongoose, Marsh; Monkey, Black-faced Vervet; Monkey, Patas; Monkey, Sykes; Oribi; Oryx, Beisa; Otter, Clawless; Pangolin, Lesser Ground; Pig, Forest Bush; Porcupine, Crested; Rat, Cane; Rat, Giant; Rat, Naked Mole; Ratel; Reedbuck, Bohor; Rhinoceros, Black; Rhinoceros, Square-lipped; Serval; Shrew, Giant White-toothed; Shrew, Spectacled Elephant; Squirrel, Bush; Squirrel, East African Red; Squirrel, Striped Ground; Squirrel, Unstriped Ground; Steinbok; Suni, Small-spotted; Warthog; Waterbuck, Common; Zebra, Common; Zebra, Grevy's.

Birds: Duck, African Black; Eagle, African Fish; Eagle, African Hawk; Eagle, Bateleur; Eagle, Black-chested Harrier; Eagle, Brown Harrier; Eagle, Long-crested; Eagle, Martial; Eagle, Steppe; Eagle, Tawny; Eagle, Wahlberg's; Egret; Egret, Great White; Eremonela, Yellow-bellied; Falcon, Pygmy; Falcon, Red-necked; Finch, African Fire; Finch, Jameson's Fire; Finch, Red-billed Fire; Finfoot, African; Fiscal, Long-tailed; Fiscal, Taita; Flycatcher, Ashy.......

Lodging:
Lodging in Meru National Park can be found at the Meru Mulika Lodge, with 132 beds or the Leopard Rock Lodge with 20 beds located at the extreme north of the Reserve.

Camping:
There are a good number campsites at Meru National Park. Sites with facilities include the Murera Gate Campsite and the Park Headquarters Campsite, both of which have toilet and water services. The eight other campsites in the Park do not have any services, these are: Fever Tree, Rojewero, Kampi ya Nyati, Simba, Kithanga, Mugunga, Kanjoo, Bisanadi and Kindani.

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