"Game viewing is currently excellent, particularly elephant, lion, giraffe and buffalo. Despite the April and May rains being very poor these species and others do not seem to be struggling here as there is plenty of water and fodder. All of the parks 13 rivers are flowing as usual. Most of these are fed from underground sources from the Nymabeni Hills and pop up as springs; as a result short term lack of rain is not a huge problem. It is pretty dry and dusty up here, but this is normal at this time of year. Meru gets 80 per cent of its rain in November and if these rains come there will be no long term issues.
There are a few cattle on the park edges, and we have seen 2 dead cows all season (hardly the thousands that are portrayed in the media). The park is well managed and there seem to be no concern over security issues. The park is maintaining and improving the road network so when rains do eventually come we should not be too effected whilst game viewing.
The local tribe to us is the Boran and we know the community well. Where there have been tribal problems it is usually on land where more than one tribe live and are competing for limited grass and water for livestock. In Meru this is not the case as we only really have the Boran here next to us."