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Meru National Park

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Meru National Park covers an area of 870 kilometers square; sitting on the equator and bisected by 14 permanent rivers and countless mountain-fed streams, it is one of the most famous known parks of Kenya, located in a part of an enormous expanse of savanna in the basin of the Tana River on the relatively rainy eastern side of Mount Kenya

Meru National Park Birding Tour

Meru National Park covers an area of 870 kilometers square; sitting on the equator and bisected by 14 permanent rivers and countless mountain-fed streams, it is one of the most famous known parks of Kenya, located in part of a enormous expanse of savanna in the basin of the Tana River on the relatively rainy eastern side of Mount Kenya. Meru National Park has three bordering parks and reserves. Bisanadi National Reserve forms the continuation of the park to the east, while on the other side of the Tana River, to the south, lie North Kitui National Reserve and the much bigger Kora National Park. These three wildlife areas are not yet easily accessed.

Meru National Park gets the most of its waters from Nyambene Hills, the park gets progressively drier as you head southeast towards the Tana River, where the altitude averages around 300 metres and temperatures are correspondingly higher, Because of the many south-east-flowing Rivers, much of the park feels like a assortment of long islands sandwiched between the rivers, with park roads gyrating back and forth over crossing points

These beautiful clear streams , lined in the upper reaches with lush riverine forest and in places forming open swampy areas , provide a veritable haven for river and wetland bird species

The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah. “Elsa” the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here

The Park’s sweeping grasslands give way in the East at altitudes dipping below 400 metres about (1300 feet) to despairingly dense Commiphora thickets and dry grey thorn interspersed with towering  baobabs rooted in dusty red soil

Meru National Park Birds

Meru National  Park has more than 300 bird species recorded a reflection of the many contrasting habitats found within it, which is a remarkable and truly rewarding birding destination in Kenya

Meru National Park is a convergence zone for coastal and inland birds that are usually well isolated geographically

Wildlife is abundant as well 

Meru National Park has a huge number of Elephants that normally graze together; the number can go up to 300 in one herd

There is also a successful Black Rhino sanctuary that has a healthy population

North of Equator mammal species are also encountered in Meru such as the rare Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, and Somali Ostrich

Notable and interesting bird species in Meru National Park

  • White-eared Barbet
  • Black and White Flycatcher
  • African Finfoot
  • Hinde’s Babbler
  • Black-headed Lapwing
  • Quail Plover
  • Hartlaub’s Bustard
  • Swallow-tailed kite
  • Eastern Yellow Hornbill
  • Golden Pipit
  • Pel’s Fishing Owl
  • Somali Bee-eater
  • Heuglin’s Courser
  • Taita Falcon
  • Pangani Longclaw 
Meru National Park Photos