Meru and Kora National Parks

This complete wilderness is brilliant on a magnificent scale. Meru and Kora sister parks feature luxuriant jungle, coursing rivers, verdant swamp, khaki grasslands and gaunt termite cathedrals all under the sky’s great blue bowl.The equator cuts through the park it and it is crisscrossed by many rivers and streams, making it a lush, tropical paradise. The scenery is spectacular, ranging from sweeping grasslands and mountainous slopes to winding rivers and Doum-palm forests.The park was made famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free” (1960), which details the story of the years she and her husband spent in the area researching the local lion and cheetah. Elsa, the most well-known of her lionesses, features in the book, is buried there. It remains one of the least-visited parks in Kenya despite being incredibly rewarding for game viewing. You’re likely to see large prides of lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, black rhino, zebra, gazelle, oryx, some of the rarer antelope such as the Lesser Kudu and duiker, the more common Dik Dik, one of Africa’s smallest antelope, and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo.

The rivers teem with hippo and crocodile. Fishing for barbus and catfish is allowed at campsites and along the Tana River. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here.

Feature Hotels

  • Elsa’s Kopje
  • Rhino river camp,

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