What to See In Meru National Park Kenya?
Attractions in Meru National Park are both natural and artificial, Meru is naturally endowed with wildlife-animals and plants. The landscape is attractive with Mount Kenya clearly visible from the park the diverse human investments constitute the artificial attractions. Every visitor to Meru national park needs to appreciate the human effort undertaken to restore the park.
After intense poaching of the late 70`s and 80`s, most of the wildlife was completely wiped out. Most of the animals you come across in the park have been translocated at the heavy cost, including well whole families. Heavy capital investments have gone into infrastructure developments, upgrading of roads and airstrips not to forget security. The local communities especially the Meru and the Boran have set up cultural centers where visitors can sample their lifestyle. The following are the attractions;
Mammals in Meru National park-Kenya include; Lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, Lesser Kudu, duiker, Dik-Dik, buffalo, reticulated giraffes, black and white rhinos, endangered Grevy’s zebra eland, Oryx, Impalas, buffaloes, rare Black and white Rhinos). Aquatic life includes hippo and crocodile. Fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River.
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in Meru National Park-Kenya some of these include; red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, sunbirds, peter`s fin foot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel`s Fishing Owl, Kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weaver.
Experience this remarkable TRUE story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she was raised and the wild to which she is returned and captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds.
It clearly shows that even wild animals are individuals capable of great trust, understanding and affection. You shouldn’t miss Elsa’s headstone!
The big swanky swamps of Meru National park like Mughwango swamp, Mulika swamp, Bwatherongi, Mururi and leopard rock swamp, where a diversity of bird species and wildlife congregate especially in the dry season. Feed your eardrum with serene voices of birds woofing in the tall grasses and swamps.
Meru national park has a total of 13 permanent rivers and numerous streams including Murera, Rojowero, Kiolu, Ura, Bwatherongi. Tana River forms its southern boundary. The park is fully packed with enough food and water which feeds the large herds of nutritious animals and diverse bird species.
Meru’s 48-sq-km Rhino Sanctuary, one of the best places in Kenya to see wild rhinos. At last count, this fenced portion of the park was home to 25 black and 55 white rhinos, many of whom were reintroduced here from Lake Nakuru National Park after the disastrous poaching of the ‘80s. This Rhino sanctuary can be accessed from Murera gate.