One of Kenya’s least visited safari areas Meru National Park is one of our favourites. The park is famous for being part of the “Born Free” story, this was the final destination for their hand reared Lioness Elsa. The area has had a chequered history being ravaged by poaching until international pressure helped the Kenyan Government see the positives in turning the fate of this wilderness area around. Meru is a very raw feeling place and with few good accommodation options and only a limited number of visitors each year it is somewhere that we strongly suggest considering in a multi-stop Kenya safari.
With a series of small rivers and predominantly low but dense bush with some grasslands is perfect for many species to survive and it is only the difficulty of traversing such terrain that has probably saved so much of the wildlife in the past. Today game viewing is up there with some of the best parks in Africa and on top of that it is a big 5 wilderness area, which, with many of the places to see the big 5 now being private reserves or similar makes it a very special place.
Overall Meru offers a really authentic and classic safari and while the wildlife numbers are not quite as high as the Masaai Mara the experience here is reminiscent of what it would have been like to be in the Mara before mass tourism to the continent.