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Meru National Park is wild and beautiful. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it is an especially beautiful area of Kenya.

It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3,000 feet on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, northeast of Mount Kenya, to wide open plains with wandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms.

Game to view includes: lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard and some of the rarer antelopes; Lesser Kudu, duiker and Dik Dik, one of Africa's smallest antelopes. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya's largest herds of buffalo. The rivers abound with hippo and crocodile, fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River. In the mid 1980's, the Park suffered from poaching, however Kenya Wildlife Service armed wildlife security patrols have driven out the poachers and the elephant population has stabilised with breeding herds settling down.
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded including: the Peter's Finfoot which inhabits the Murera and Ura Rivers, the Pel's Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers.


The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson's book "Born Free" -- the story of the Adamson's life and research amongst lion and cheetah. "Elsa" the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here. One lodge and two tented camps are planned inside the Park. There are eight special campsites which must be pre-booked, one public campsite, Kenya Wildlife Service self-help banda and Leopard Rock bandas (total 120 beds).


On the border of Meru National Park is Bisanadi National Reserve. Known as 'Kinna', the border between Meru and Bisanadi Parks is the traditional division between the Meru and Boran tribespeople. The Reserve was opened in September 1979 and occupies an area of 606 square kilometers. A true wilderness area without any accommodation it is only accessible by 4WD vehicles. There is an airstrip at Korbessa.


Another area made famous by the Adamsons is Kora National Park. Opened in October 1989, 280 kilometers northeast of Nairobi, it is an easy outing from Meru National Park. Covering an area of 1,787 square kilometers, bounded by the Tana River, George Adamson's camp was here until he died. A feature is the sudden appearance of lush green "oases", created by the lines of doum palms which shelter the banks of the Tana River. Striking are the Inselbergs -- isolated rocky outcrops covered in vegetation which create random islands above the plains. Kora has diverse wildlife: 21 species of fish have been recorded, with 500 species of insect, 33 molluscs and 40 reptiles. Species to view include: elephant, Lesser Kudu, wild dog, striped and spotted hyenas, leopard and cheetah.


Other regional Parks include Rahole National Reserve, offering a wide variety of plains game, hippo, crocodile and excellent bird viewing; also Mwingi National Reserve, formerly North Kitui. Game to view includes hippo, crocodile, buffalo and warthog.

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Many of our safaris start and end in Nairobi though we have others starting in Nairobi and ending in Mombasa for those interested in Beach holidays as well as safari. Nairobi has some of the Top end Accommodation Facilities in East Africa where you can spend one night or two and then start your safari.Nairobi being both a travellers as well as bussiness destination its ideal for those on short stay to do a safari in Masai Mara by road,Lake Nakuru( day trip or two) Amboseli , and many other destinations since its situated and the center poit of the best wildlife parks in Kenya for safaris.

Like many other African cities, Nairobi has its share of bustling markets, skyscrapers, dusty shanties and leafy suburbs with sweeping gardens. It's a great safari pitstop where you can get your films developed, wander through book shops and send off your post cards to envious neighbours.

A short drive from Nairobi you can visit Karen Blixen's house or have afternoon tea with giraffes at Giraffe Manor, as well as the following more Safaris;

  • 1 Days Lake Nakuru Safari
  • 2 Days Amboseli Safari
  • 3 Days Masai mara safari
  • 4 Days Lake Nakuru Masai Mara Safari
  • 5 Days Lake Nakuru Samburu Masai Mara Safari
  • 5 days Masai Mara Lake Nakuru Amboseli Safari
  • 5 days Nairobi Aberdares Lake Nakurru Masai Mara safari
  • 6 Days Samburu Lake Nakuru masai Mara safari

Many More Tours and Safaris

Nairobi History and Facts
Nairobi’s history dates back to 1899 when the first railway depot was built in an African swamp occupied by the Masaai, a nomadic tribe, and the Kikuyu people. The work for the railway began in 1896 and the British supply depot and railroad camp was located in the Masaai area. This supply depot turned into the railway’s headquarters and the area surrounding it came to be known as Ewaso Nyirobi meaning cool waters.

In 1900 the place was rebuilt due to an outbreak of plague. Later in 1907, Nairobi turned into a commercial center and became the capital of the British East Africa by replacing Mombasa. Nairobi flourished under the British rule and also became a home for many Britons. In 1919, the British declared Nairobi as a municipality. In 1921, Harry Thuku established the Young Kikuyu Association and began organizing protests against the British. Harry Thuku was arrested on 14th March 1922. There was a general strike by thousands of Africans in Nairobi and the British government started shooting the Protestants. The Massacre shocked people worldwide, along with the British.

Towards the end of World War II, the strife resulted into a Mau Mau Uprising. There was pressure on the British from the local people that led to Kenyan Independence in 1963. Nairobi became the capital of the new republic.

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands.

Holidays in Mombasa have two faces. There's the bustling island city with its authentic African atmosphere. Then there are the nearby beach resorts, reached by bridge or ferry, where luxury hotels hug the smooth white sands and the pace of life is as laid back as a sunbed. So, when you travel to Mombasa you get the best of both worlds: the exciting buzz of Kenya's second city and the classic resort holidays package.

Mombasa's hotels are generally of the up-market variety, so don't hold your breath for bargain holidays. However, if you're looking for the extra value of all inclusive holidays, Mombasa is a good choice. Take the Bamburi Beach Hotel, for example. It offers a good all inclusive package, including plenty of fun sports and pastimes. Alternatively, there's the Southern Palms, where top of the attraction list are a pair of stunning free-form swimming pools, each with a rather convenient swim-up bar.

Having all the culture and history of the city on your doorstep is one of the big plus points of holidays in Mombasa. It's been a trading post for centuries, and the old town is packed with colourful little bazaars where you can pick up a bargain if you're prepared to haggle. Colourful 'khanga' cottons are a good buy, as are the beautiful, hand carved sculptures and knick-knacks. And there's also an exotic market where you can get mouth-watering fresh fruit and quality vegetables at knock down prices.

Examples of Holidays In Mombasa
Beach and Safari Holiday Mombasa

Beach Bush and Safari Holiday

Holiday in Mombasa ending Nairobi

Sarova Hotels Holiday Package

Sentrim Kenya Holiday Package

Adventure Wildlife Holiday Package

Big five Beach Safari Holiday

Safari Beach Holiday Package

Simba Beach Holiday Package.

Mombasa Facts and Information

"On its 15-square mile island in an Indian Ocean creek, Mombasa is a tale of two cities – one a historic old town tangle of twisting streets and Arab dhows, the other an easy going spread of broad avenues and low rise buildings. It’s an all-out assault on all the senses."

With causeways, bridges and the Likoni ferry linking it to the mainland, Kenya’s second city feels like it has one foot firmly in Africa and the other in the Middle East. A trading post for centuries, and still a busy port, its historical old town is a maze of narrow streets, overhung by wooden balconies and sprinkled with mosques and minarets.

There’s a real buzz here, a constant melee of hustle and bustle appreciated only on foot. And you can sightsee as you stroll as you shop - the area’s crammed with little shops selling antique jewellery, bright khanga cottons, batiks and beautiful wood carvings. Overseeing it all is the 16th-century Fort Jesus – a relic of the city’s Portuguese past - and an Anglican cathedral recalling the colonial days. And in the harbour, low slung dhows with big buff sails share the water with cargo ships.

Modern Mombasa fans out beyond the old quarter, marked by the famous twin ‘tusks’ and focused on Moi Avenue’s central shops and the Mwembe Tayari market area. This is African Mombasa, slower, more relaxed, with speciality restaurants for European, Asian and Swahili cuisine, along with bags of seafood dishes and seasonal tropical fruits.

The city isn’t known for its beaches, though the long sands of Nyali and Bamburi are near enough for a full day of watersports. An exotic idyll it’s not – but it’s timelessly intriguing.

 

The park is located on south eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges.