One of Kenya's hidden gems, a Meru National Park safari affords a verdant wilderness of acacia woodland, vast open grassland and exclusive wildlife sightings. Running through the 870km² park is a number of rivers, lined by doum palms and thick riparian woodland, affording visitors a lush fertile oasis of dense bush and tall grass. The park remains relatively below the tourist radar and its uncrowded aura is an attractive one.
With the bush so thick taking in all of Africa's most famous inhabitants can be a challenge - lion, leopard and cheetah are elusive but buffalo are plentiful and elephant frequently sighted. Rhino were recently reintroduced to the area and can be seen in a fenced area nearby Mururi Swamp. Plains game is abundant, with Gevy's zebra, kudu and the uniquely marked reticulated giraffe joined by a plethora of birdlife, including the yellow-necked spurfowl and colourful bee-eaters.
During the 1950's the park was home to conservationists Joy and George Adamson. Their inspirational story, introducing the lioness, Elsa, back into the wild, was made famous by the book and film Born Free. One of the park's great conservation stories the chance to live the history is on offer. A luxury lodge, Elsa's Kopje, has been built just above the camp once used by George Adamson during Elsa's early days; the lodge is the only operational property in the park, so you have Meru practically all to yourself. Embark on guided walks, game drives and enjoy a spot of fishing to catch barbell and catfish.
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Named after Elsa the lioness of Born Free fame, discover this exclusive oasis of luxury in the wilderness of the Meru National Park.
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