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The setting for Joy Adamson’s famous book ‘Born Free’, Meru National Park offers a variety of habitats, wonderful views of Mount Kenya and an array of wildlife which includes Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, leopard, hippo and buffalo.

The entire park covers 870 square kilometres, with the western area made up of wooded grasslands, the north of thorny bushland, and open grassland elsewhere. There are also dense riverine forests of Doum and Raffia palms.

Animals regularly sighted here include Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grevy’s and common zebra, reticulated giraffe and both greater and lesser kudu, while the predators include lion, leopard and wild dog. More than 427 species of bird have been recorded in Meru.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, lesser kudu, Somali ostrich
  • Where: Eastern Province, Kenya
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Elsa’s Kopje

Made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s autobiographical account and the film ‘Born Free’, this award-winning luxury lodge consists of ten cottages that artfully incorporate natural features and blend into the rocky landscape. Activities include game drives, bush walks and visits to the nearby rhino sanctuary.