At an altitude of between 1,000 to 3,400 ft above sea level, and covering an area of 870 sq km, Meru National park has diverse scenery from woodlands to wide open plains with wandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms. It is located 348 km from Nairobi. 2 airstrips serve the park, at Kina, Mulika and Elsa's Kopje airstrip.
Game to view includes Grevy's Zebra, Elephants, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Cheetah, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Bohor Reedbuck, Hartebeest, Python, Puff Udder, Cobra, and Buffalo. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded including the Peter’s Finfoot, the Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers. The park is famous as the setting for Joy Adamson's book "Born Free".