Of all the parks, Meru (870 km. sq.) has the widest variety of landscape and habitats – forest, swamps and savannah, divided by many streams and rivers all rising in the foothills of Mt. Kenya and the Nyambene Hills, ending in the mighty Tana River forming a natural boundary to the South.
This was the wilderness into which George and Joy Adamson released Elsa the lioness, creating the much loved film ‘Born Free’.
With herds of elephant, both species of rhino and northern species such as Grevy’s zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe, one can observe these rare mammals without being disturbed by another soul. The riverside forests are a birders’ paradise providing refuge for many rare localized species.