Kenya National Parks


The national park system of Kenya is maintained by the Kenya Wildlife Service. There are two main types of terrestrial protected areas in Kenya national parks, and national reserves; there are also marine parks and marine reserves. Protected areas are gazetted landscapes/seascapes that have been surveyed, demarcated and gazetted either as National Parks or National Reserves, the protected areas is comprised of 23 terrestrial National Parks, 28 terrestrial National Reserves, 4 marine National Parks, 6 marine National Reserves and 4 national sanctuaries.



Lake Nakuru National Park.

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On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park which covers about 188 sq. Km and located at an elevation of 1,754 m above sea level, 0.3562° S, 36.1002° E. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. It has got About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands , about 450 species of birds like the flamingos , Mammals 56 different species, Eastern black rhinos and southern white rhinoswarthogsbaboons on the lake varies with water and food conditions and the best vantage point.

Add your content he Lake Nakuru national park lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya and it stretches for 12.1 km (7.5 mi) on the south eastern boundary with the Soysambu conservancy.It  has a tarmac road connection with Nairobi, a distance of 156 km north west of Nairobi on the main A104 road. The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to enter the park from the main Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by people accessing the park from Masai Mara or Elementaita.The park is also easily accessed through air transport in work with Naishi airstrip services.re…

Lake Nakuru National Park was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru town and word Nakuru means “Dust or Dusty Place” in the Maasai language. It is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often Add your content here…

  • Bird watching,
  • game drives,
  • game viewing
  • camping.

Tsavo West National Park.

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Tsavo west national Park covers an area of 7,065km2, an altitude of 229-2,000 meters above sea level, 3.3952° S, 37.9573° E , from the sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out from the under parched lava rock that is the Mzima Springs  to the Shetani  lava flows, Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges including the Poacher’s Lookout where visitors can see the teeming herds in the plains below. It offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world and includes elephants, rhinos, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, diverse plants and bird species like threatened corncrake and  threatened Basra Reed Warbler. 

Add your content here…Tsavo West National Park is located in the Coast Province of  Kenya 240 km from Nairobi, 250km from Mombasa (Mtito Andei Gate). The A109 road NairobiMombasa and a railway divides it from the adjoining Tsavo East National Park.  Together with adjoining ranches and protected areas, they comprise the Tsavo Conservation Area. Tsavo West is a more popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River. The park can be  accessed through Chyulu Gate from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate from Nairobi,Tsavo, Lake Jipe, Mtito Andei (Kamboyo HQ), Chyulu, Maktau and Ziwani,visitors from Mombasa also use Tsavo Gate near Manyani. It can also be reached via Taveta – Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates and through airthere are 3 airstrips in the park like Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau,Finch Hottons, Ziwani, and Maktau.

19th-century British and German explorers document people we now refer to as Orma and Waata during their travels through the “nyika,” and generally viewed them as hostile toward their interests. Beginning in the late 19th century, the British began to colonise the interior of Kenya and built the Uganda Railway through Tsavo in 1898. The construction of the railway was noted for the killings of a number of construction workers in 1898, during the building of a bridge across the Tsavo River. Hunting mainly at night, a pair of maneless male lions stalked and killed at least 28 Indian and African workers although some accounts put the number of victims as high as 135. The lions, dubbed “the Maneaters of Tsavo,” were eventually shot and killed by the bridge construction supervisor, Lt.-Col. John Henry Patterson. The skins and skulls are now displayed in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Tsavo remained the homeland for Orma and Maasai pastoralists and Waata hunter-gatherers until 1948, when it was gazetted a national park. At that time, the indigenous populations were relocated to Voi and Mtito Andei as well as other locations within the nearby Taita Hills. Following Kenyan independence in 1963, hunting was banned in the park and management of Tsavo was turned over to the authority that eventually became the Kenya Wildlife Service. Tsavo currently attracts photo-tourists from all over the world interested in experiencing the vastness of the wilderness and incredible terrain.

  • Cave exploration,
  • Under water Hippo and fish watching,
  • game viewing,
  • rock climbing and many more.
  • Game drives   animal viewing

Amboseli National Park.

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The Park is crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and it occupies about 390.26 sq. Km, lie at an altitude of about 1,180m, 2.6527° S, 37.2606° E and it is one of the best places in Africa to view the big five. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands large herds of many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose, mt kilimanjaro. The view from the hill allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps. The tourists can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is a national park in Kajiado South Constituency in Kajiado County, Kenya, an ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.The park can be connectedby Road, the main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate, the other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate. And by Air,  airstrips to the park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

In 1883, Jeremy Thompson was the first European to penetrate the feared Maasai region known as Empusel (meaning ‘salty, dusty place’ in Maa). He, too, was astonished by the fantastic array of wildlife and the contrast between the arid areas of the dry lake bed and the oasis of the swamps, a contrast that persists today.

Amboseli was set aside as the Southern Reserve for the Maasai in 1906, but returned to local control as a game reserve in 1948. Gazetted a national park in 1974 to protect the core of this unique ecosystem, it was declared a UNESCO site in 1991. The park earned $3.5 m (€2.9 m) in 2005. On 29 September 2005, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declared that control of the park should pass from the Kenya Wildlife Service to the Olkejuado County Council and the Maasai tribe.

  • Game viewing,
  • scenic,
  • Photography,
  • bird watching,
  • camping,
  • Game Driving
  • Game driving 
  • Hot air balloon

Nairobi National Park.

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The park covers an area of 117.21 km2 (45.26 sq mi) and is small in comparison to most of Africa’s national parks. The park’s altitude ranges between 1,533 and 1,760 m (5,030 and 5,774 ft). It has a dry climate. The park is the only protected part of the Athi-Kapiti ecosystem, making up less than 10% of this ecosystem. The park has a diverse range of habitats and species. It’s a short drive out of     Nairobi’s central business district is the . Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded like Common ostrichs, Red-eyed dove, Black kite, African green pigeon, Egyptian goose. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.

Nairobi National Park is a national park in Kenya that lies in the south of Nairobi. The park is fenced on three sides, whereas the open southern boundary allows migrating wildlife to move between the park and the adjacent Kitengela plains.It can be connected by road which is about distance: 10km South of Nairobi City Center, by air through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airports.

British colonists arrived in the area where the park is in the late 19th century. At this time, the Athi plains east and south of what is today Nairobi had plentiful wildlife. Nomadic Maasai lived and herded their cattle among the wildlife. Kikuyu people farmed the forested highlands above Nairobi. As Nairobi grew it had 14,000 residents by 1910conflicts between humans and animals increased. Residents of the city carried guns at night to protect against lions. Animals were gradually confined to the expansive plains to the west and south of Nairobi, and the colonial government set this area.

The conservationist Mervyn Cowie was born in Nairobi. Returning to Kenya after a nine-year absence in 1932, he was alarmed to see that the amount of game animals on the Athi plains had dwindled. Expanding farms and livestock had taken the place of the game.

  • Camping,
  • picnic,
  • corporate and special events,
  • game viewing.
  • Game drive                                     
  • camping

Tsavo East National Park.“Theatre of the Wild”

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The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya which is about13,747 sq. Km , lies at altitude range of 150 to 1,200 meters above sea level,  2.7848° S, 38.8174° E and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhinos, buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of  hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species like golden breasted starling, black- faced sandgrouse, black headed- lapwing, red- billed duck, blue- billed teal, Egyptian geese and others.

Tsavo East National Park is a national park in Kenya,  together with the Tsavo West National Park, it forms an area of about 22,000 square kilometers. The Tsavo River flows west to east through the national park, which is located in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province.

The visitorscan get to the park by roads, the park Mtito Andei Gates is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi- Mombasa Road. And the distance from Nairobi-Mtito Andei is about 233 km – Mtito Andei-Voi,  96 km – Voi-Mombasa, 153 km then from Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate also by air via Airstrips likeVoi, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma, Cottars.

It was established in April 1948 and covers a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru desert. It’s also stated that the Swahili people traded with the inhabitants of Tsavo for ivory, catskins, and probably slaves as early as 700 AD (and probably earlier). There is no evidence for direct Swahili “colonization” of Tsavo. Instead, trade was probably accomplished by moving goods to and from the Swahili Coast via extended kin-networks. Trade goods such as cowry shells and beads have been recovered from archaeological sites dating to the early Swahili period.

  • Bird watching,
  • Camping,
  • Game viewing and
  • Trekking.

Aberdare National Park.“Majestic Peaks, Moorlands and Intriguing Falls”

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  • Activities in the park

The park is renowned for its torrential waterfalls plunging from cloud-shrouded heights to spray-filled ravines. The magnificent Karuru water falls, whose ice cold crystal clear waters drop an impressive 300m, the spectacular Gura water falls which torrent from the opposite side of the same gorge, the sheer drop of the Chania water falls, and the enchanting Magura water falls which cascade across the yawning mouth of the Queen’s Cave. Other picturesque and unique attractions include; the dragon teeth, which is a volcanic, rock formation assuming the rugged look of a set of teeth sitting on a jaw  are located in the northern and also it includes mammals like African Elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, cape buffalo, warthog, common zebras, Bird species like sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers. The park is about 767 sq. Km in size and about , 7,000-14,000 FT, 0.4166° S, 36.6667° E.

The Aberdare National Park is a protected area in the Aberdare Mountain Range in central Kenya, about 100 km north of Nairobi and stretches over a wide variety of terrain at elevations from 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). The v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorlandbamboo forests and rainforests are found at lower elevations.

The park can be accessed;

By Road; The Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side and it’s 180 Kms from Nairobi. A road crosses the park through the lower slopes up to the Moorlands to connect with another one from Naivasha on the western side. Naivasha is 87 Kms from Nairobi. The park HQS is 15 Kms from Nyeri town, along the Nyeri – Nyahururu road.

By Air; The nearest airstrip is the Mweiga Airstrip on the opposite side from Park Hqs along Nyeri Nyahururu road near Sasini Estate Farm

Aberdare National Park was established in 1950 with an aim to conserve and protect the Aberdare Mountains. Since then it has grown to a size of an area of 767 km.

Aberdare National Park is best known as the site where in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen after the death of her father King George VI, whilst staying at the Treetops Hotel.

  • Birding,
  • game viewing,
  • trekking,
  • photography and camping.
  • African Safari Camping

Mount Kenya National Park.“Come touch the sky”

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Majestically standing, Mount Kenya that straddles across Meru and Nyeri counties and part of Kirinyaga is the second highest peak in Africa standing at 5,199m high. It is an ancient extinct volcano. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, this mountain is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. The park hosts approximately 20 lakes and tarns. Three major peaks dot the mountainous scenes. These are; Batian (5,199m) & Nelion (5,188m). The two are mainly for visitors interested in technical climbing activities. The third peak is Point Lenana (4,984m).The park has got the pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, the forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered wildlife species, high altitude adapted game, unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants are a sight. Wildlife and bird species are recorded.

Mount Kenya national park is Located in Laikipia County and lies at an altitude of 11,000-17,000FT and covers about an area of about 2,800 sq.km forming two main types of terrestrial protected areas in Kenya national parks, and national reserves; there are also marine parks and marine reserves.Volcanic sediment in the surrounding region’s soil and the huge volume of fresh water coming down the slopes makes the area particularly favorable for agriculture.

The park can be accessible by roadsabout 90 Kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached on

Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi.

Mountain climbing routes without an official gate include; Kamweti, Marania, Burguret, Themwe. Also it’s accessible by the closest commercial airstrip to the park which is at Nanyuki.

In April 1978, the area was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve combined, the national park and forest reserve became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.While as the Kikuyu tribesmen, at Mt. Kenya is the home of the supreme being; Ngai, a name also used by the Maasai and Kamba communities. In traditional prayers and sacrifices, Ngai is addressed by the Kikuyu as Mwene Nyaga, possessor of brightness. The name comes from Kiri-Nyaga the Kikuyu name for Mt. Kenya, meaning Mountain of brightness – Ngai’s official home, a place to be treated with respect by visitors who come here among other things seeking divine and spiritual nourishment.

  • Camping,
  • Cave exploration,
  • Game viewing and Mountain climbing.

Hell’s Gate National Park.“A Walk on the Wild Side”

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It was named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell’s Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa lies at 68 sq. Km, an altitude 1,900 meters above the sea level, 0.8758° S, 36.3174° E . Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa, cultural tour, motorcycling, camping, birding, game viewing, private ranches and walks along crescent island, crater lake and mountain longonot, it’s also recommended the Joy Adamson’s centre and boating on lake Naivasha.

Hell’s Gate National Park lies south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, north west of Nairobi. It is known for its wide variety of wildlife and for its scenery, this includes the fischer’s tower and central tower columns and Hell’s Gate Gorge. The national park is also home to five geothermal power stations at Olkaria. The park is equipped with three basic campsites and includes a Maasai cultural center, providing education about the Maasai tribe’s culture and traditions.It can be accessed byroad via tarmac road from Nairobi (90kms) via Naivasha Town on the Lake Road South at a junction 5km south of Naivasha, then by air viaNaivasha air strip.

Hell’s Gate National Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. It received the name “Hell’s Gate” by explorers Fisher and Thomson in 1883.

In the early 1900s, Mount Longonot erupted, and ash can still be felt around Hell’s Gate. The park

was officially established in 1984..

  • Rock climbing,
  • biking, bird watching,
  • camping,
  • nature walk
  • ,game viewing and Hiking.

Mount Elgon National Park.“Untamed Wilderness, Secluded Splendor”

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  • Activities in the park

It lies on an area of about 169 sq. Km, at an altitude 4,321m , 1.0404° N, 34.7927° E, highly in the mist-wreathed hills of western Kenya is a towering volcanic giant, crowned by avast caldera etched by glacial tarns, honeycombed by labyrinthine caves, fissured by valleys and cascaded by streams. Visitors can explore the forest, see the elephant caves and also enjoy biking, hiking, and rock on the eighth highest mountain in Africa, Mount Elgon.

Mt. Elgon national park is dotted with caves formed from ancient lava tubes namely Kitum, Making’eny, Chepnyalil ,Ngwarisha and many others some of which are outside protected areas there is Kitum cave  regularly visited by herds ofalt mining elephants, dubbed the troglodyte tuskers, bushbuck, Red duiker, Grey duiker and buffalo, all in search of the salts that abound in the mineral-rich earth of the caves, spectacular waterfall from Kitum, has a spectacular view of making’eny cave, located 1.5km waterfall

Mount Elgon National Park is a national park 140 kilometres (87 mi) northeast of Lake Victoria. The park is uniquely split down the middle by the Kenyan-Ugandan border. Mount Elgon is an important water catchment for the Nzoia river, which flows to lake Victoria, and for the Turkwel river (known as the Suam river in Uganda), which flows into Lake Turkana. The park is easily connected by road, one route leads from Kitale town, while there are two options leading from Eldoret both lead by murram (dirt) road to Mt Elgon lodge and chorlim gate the chorlim gate is the main gate which also leads to the park headquarters also by air, visitors can fly to the Eldoret airport (70 KM away) or the airstrip within the park. Please contact the warden for airstrip details. Kitale airstrip, located 10km outside Kitale town on the main Kitale-Bungoma road, is 30 km from the park.

The park is named after Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. It has got two parts, the Ugandan part of the park covers 1,110 km2 (430 sq mi) while the Kenyan part covers 169 km2 (65 sq mi). The Kenyan part of the park was gazetted in 1968, the Ugandan part in 1992.

Recent studies have shown that elephants and other mammals are major contributors to the development of these unique natural phenomena. The animals frequently visit at night to ‘mine’ the natural salt by licking it from the cave walls.The caves are mappedand Kitum, Chepnyali, and Mackingeny can be explored by visitors to the park.

  • Camping,
  • game viewing,
  • hiking,
  • Mountain climbing,
  • rock climbing and scenic viewing.

Mount Longonot National Park.“Sheer Adventure”.

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  • History
  • Activities in the park

The park lies about 52 sq. Km, on an altitude 2776 m, 0°54′55″S 36°27′25″E within the Rising from the floor of the Great Rift Valley like a monolith is the extinct volcano of Mount Longonot. A unique feature is the thick forest that crater of the mountain. The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Rift valley all the way to Lake Naivasha. Extinct volcano and crater forest, Scenic Landscape, Views of lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley also the park is a paradise for birds of prey  and the major wildlife attractions at Mount Longonot include buffaloes, elands, lions, leopards, bushbucks, common zebras, giraffes and Grant’s gazelles. And some of the activities includes, hiking, game viewing, birding, nature walk through the forest and many more.

Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of KenyaAfrica. There is a 3.1 km trail runs from the park entrance up to the crater rim, and continues in a 7.2 km loop encircling the crater. The whole tour (gate-around the rim-gate) of 13.5 km takes about 4–5 hours allowing for necessary rest breaks – parts of the trail are heavily eroded and very steep. The gate elevation is around 2150 m and the peak at 2776 m but following the jagged rim involves substantially more than the 630 m vertical difference. And the Mount Longonot is 60 kilometres northwest of Nairobi and may be reached from there by a tarmac road. A nearby town is also named Longonot. The Longonot satellite earth station is located south of the mountain.

It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s. Its name is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot, meaning “mountains of many spurs” or “steep ridges”.

The current summit cone was developed within the earlier caldera. This cone itself is capped by a 1.8 km crater. The mountain has several parasitic cones and effusive lava eruptions occur on the flanks and within the caldera floor.  Periodic geodetic activity recorded at Longonot in 2004–2006 demonstrated the presence of active magmatic systems beneath this volcano.On March 21, 2009 bush fires burned up the side of the mountain and descended into the crater, trapping wildlife and feeding on drought ravaged brush.

  • Biking
  • ,game viewing,
  • Hiking,Rock climbing,
  • Viewing lake Naivasha,Walking.

Meru National Park. “The Complete Wilderness”

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  • Activities in the park

The park is about 870 sq. Km, at an altitude of 1,036 m (3,400 ft),0°5′37″N 38°12′29″E, teems with a variety of wildlife species including elephant, Grevy’s zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, hartebeest, hippo, buffalo and the reticulated giraffe among others. Meru hosts a rhino sanctuary that is home to the endangered black and white rhino species. Critically endangered, the rhinos are under a twenty-four hour surveillance. The sanctuary offers one of the best rhino viewing experiences in the wild. Bird life is also exceptionally diverse with over 400 bird species recorded. These include Peter’s Fin foot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura rivers; Pel’s fishing owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weavers. The rivers abound with hippo populations, crocodiles, and fish. also the park is famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book ‘Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lions, cheetahs and others.

Meru National Park is a Kenyan national park located east of Meru, 350 km (220 mi) from Nairobi.

it is one best known national parks in Kenya. Rainfall in this area is abundant with 635–762 mm (25.0–30.0 in) in the west of the park and 305–356 mm (12.0–14.0 in) in the east. The rainfall results in tall grass and lush swamps. At the boarder of Meru National Park is Bisanadi National Reserve known as “Kinna” the border between Meru and Bisanadi Parks is the traditional division between the Meru and the Borana people. This is a true wilderness.

The park is easily connected by road’s access from Nairobi (348 kms) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all weather roads. Access into the park from Maua to Murera Gate (35 km) and 348 km from Nairobi.Then other access is via Embu to Ura Gate (120 km), 290 km from Nairobi by air through the main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip.

Between the years 2000 and 2005, the Kenya Wildlife Service, helped by the Agence Française de développement (AFD) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), restored Meru national park from near ruin to one of the most promising tourist destinations in Eastern Africa, solving the parks poaching problem. IFAW donated $1.25 million to this major restoration project, and with this money aided in improving the basic infrastructure and provided essential equipment and vehicles for law enforcement activities. Since 2005, the protected area is considered part of a lion conservation unit.

  • Camping,
  • game viewing,
  • scenic,
  • bird watching,
  • nature walks
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