Meru National Park Entry Fees

In this article, we will focus on Meru National Park Entry Fees. Meru National Park is a Kenyan national park located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. The national park has three distinct micro-ecosystems that support a diverse range of flora and fauna over an area of 870 km2. The park’s northern third is a bushland area, consisting of a vast sparse plain dotted with small groups of thinning trees.

The bush to the east is a dense, impenetrable maze of overgrown shrubbery and towering trees. Most of the 13 rivers that intersect the park meet here, joining, twisting, and breaking apart as they go. The remainder of the park is mostly covered in short savannah grass. Mount Kenya, which towers over the park, can be seen from a distance.

The park is home to many animals, including the Big Five: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Zebras and gazelles are known to graze on dry yellow tufts of grass across much of the park. A variety of wildlife can be found in the rivers that surround the park. Crocodiles lurk in the murky depths, ready to pounce on anything brave enough to approach these shores. Hippos can frequently be seen sunbathing on the banks of the park’s rivers and lakes.

Activities In Meru National Park

1. Visit Meru Rhino Sanctuary

Both black and white rhinos are housed in the rhino sanctuary. Due to decades of poaching, these animals require serious protection, and there are several conservation initiatives in Kenya dedicated to rhino preservation. The sanctuary is ring-fenced and guarded against poachers. As a result, the rhino population has grown.

2. Game Viewing

Get an intimate splendour with Meru wilderness on a Game drive navigating dirt roads in the wilderness, you can engage in an exhilarating day or night game drive to watch a rich variety of animals that roam the spectacularly scenic Meru landscapes and along the river banks of numerous streams and springs namely the Tana, Bisanadi and the Rojerwero – main rivers in the park ideal for watching Hippos and crocodiles. You will be rewarded with intriguing views of surrounding hills and mountains shimmering in the distance, especially Mount Kenya with its snowcapped flanks often seen.

3. Visit Adamson Falls & Elsa the Lioness Grave

Fans of the 1966 film Born Free will be familiar with Elsa the Lioness. Raised as orphans by George and Joy Adamson after the tragic death of her mother, the story of Elsa was immortalised in the 1966 film. The burial site of Elsa the Lioness is situated close to the former campsite of the Adamsons.

4. Bird Watching

If you are an avid Bird watcher interested in catching a glimpse of some bird species, the park is home to almost 400 bird species you can discover numerous bird species in this park while you walk along the banks of many rivers and streams bordered by acacia woodlands which create a jungle setting for bird habitats, in the thick riverine forests, and swamps and this the experience will leave you with only a unique taste never comparable to any other.

5. Cultural Visits

Away from Wildlife, nature and wilderness adventure experiences, you can take time to visit the local communities such as the Tharaka community close to the park which will give you an insight into the traditional lifestyle and cultures of people living here and get a unique spice to your safari.

6. Fishing

On the many rivers that cross-sect the park, take your rod with some canapés and a good book, and settle on these palm-lined river banks and you engage in fishing which is fun as you enjoy your catch with plentiful catfish, tilapia and barbell.

7. Tour the Tana River

Most of the 13 rivers that bisect Meru National Park stem from the vast Tana River. The river spans over 1000 km and is the longest river in Kenya. Starting in Nyambeni Hills, the river winds down the sloping foothills, splitting into smaller rivers at the other end of the park. The river networks are the lifeblood of Meru National Park.

Meru National Park Entrance Fees

High Season (July-February)

Citizen/Resident Charges
Adult Ksh 500
Child Ksh 215
Non-Resident Charges
Adult  60 USD
Child  20 USD

Low Season (March-June)

Citizen/Resident Charges
Adult Ksh 300
Child Ksh 215
Non-Resident Charges
Adult  40 USD
Child  20 USD

Best Time to Visit Meru National Park

Meru National Park can be visited throughout the year, but wildlife viewing is best in the long dry season from June to September when there are moderate temperatures for premier off-beaten adventure, Wildlife experiences are usually more difficult during the long rains of March to May and the short rains from October to November.

Meru National Park Contacts

Phone: +254 786 348 875

Email:merupark@kws.go.ke

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