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Meru National Park & Mt. Kenya National Parks

8. MERU NATIONAL PARK

The Meru National Park is a savanna National Park, 35km east of Meru town in the north eastern lowlands below the Nyambeni hills. Meru is part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana river that includes the adjacent Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves (to the east and south respectively), Kora national park and Rahole national reserve. The wetter North Western sector is hilly, with rich volcanic soils. The land flattens towards the East, where grey alluvial volcanic soils appear.

The area is crossed by numerous permanent streams, draining from the Nyambenes and flowing in parallel between tounges of lava, south eastwards towards the Tana River. As well as the many streams that cross it, the park is bounded by three large rivers: the Tana to the South, the Ura to the South West and the Rojeweru to the East. There are several prominent inselbergs of basement rock, notably Mughwango and Leopard rock. A section of the park has been designated as a wilderness area in which are no roads. The park is part of the domain made famous by the writings of Joy Adamson.

9. MT. KENYA NATIONAL PARK

The Mount Kenya National Park is an imposing extinct volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands, East of the Rift. Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator. The mountain has two main peaks - Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m).

The mountains slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow. Mt. Kenya is an important water catchment area, supplying the Tana and Northern Ewaso Ngiro systems.

The park includes a variety of habitats ranging from higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial morains.The park, which was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 ans is also a Biosphere Reserve, covers 715 km2, and includes the Peaks consisting of all the ground above 3200m with two small salients extending lower down to 2450m along the Sirimon and Naro Moru tracks. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2095 km2.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns
  • Glaciers and peaks of great beauty
  • Forest, mineral springs
  • Rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game
  • Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

MAJOR WILDLIFE
Baboon Buffalo, Elephants,Hyenas,Leopards, Zebras etc.

THE MAJOR BIRDLIFE
Mackinder's Eagle Owl, Cape Grass Owl, African Wood Owl, African Marsh Owl, Abyssinian Long-eared Owl, Oriole

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