Are you craving for a luxurious wildlife Africa experience? One of the small but highly diverse national parks in Kenya that offers that experience is Meru National Park. The park is nicknamed as Complete Wilderness since its home to a magnificent and dazzling scale of wildlife. It is located on the East of Nairobi City, a 3-hour drive, which is equivalent to 350km from the city. The park sits on a region of 870 square kilometers, making it a small park in the country. Other than the incredible wildlife species, the park has a wide variety of vegetation, which attracts more animals, particularly bird species.
The key attractions in Meru National Park are scenic views and wildlife, including cheetahs, wildebeest, crocodiles, hyena, zebras, and giraffes, among others. For this reason, the main activities that will leave you mesmerized at the park are birding, game viewing, and nature walks as well as visiting the waterfalls. Are you ready to start planning your visit to Meru National Park? Here’s a list of what to bring;
- Clothes in khaki, green, beige, and neutral colors to make you blend in with the surroundings easily; thus, you have a better chance to view the wildlife without scaring them off.
- Long-sleeved shirts that offer protection from the sun and mosquitoes
- T-shirts, Shorts, or a light skirt allow you to be comfortable despite the hot weather as you enjoy your game viewing.
- Jeans or safari trousers pack these for evenings and cooler days, especially the cold season.
- Jackets and sweaters for early morning and late afternoon game drives
- A lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain
- Swim and beachwear- you must not forget to pack your best swimming costume to have a wonderful time at the waterfall.
- Comfortable walking shoes to enjoy nature walks at the park. Make sure you have at least a pair.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, moisturizer, and lip salve- During the day, the heat may be unbearable, especially in the dry season. These items will ensure you have a wonderful and memorable experience despite the heat.
- Binoculars and camera equipment- There is no better way to capture the fantastic and incredible moments than using your camera. Besides, your pair of binoculars will help you get to see the animals up-close.
- Water- you must stay hydrated.
Charges (Park entry fee)
Citizen Adults pay ksh 300 while children or students pay 215 ksh
Resident adults pay 1030 ksh while children or students pay 515
Non-resident adults pay 52$ while children or students pay 35$.
Using the road, access from Nairobi (348 km) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or Embu, all-weather roads. You can get to the park from Maua to Murera Gate (35 km), which is 348 km from Nairobi. Alternatively, you can access the park is via Embu to Ura Gate (120 km), 290 km from Nairobi.