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Nature Explored

Photography
by Chris Dunford

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

Map of Central Kenya National Parks

Meru National Park

 

This safari video was taken in Meru National Park in late June a few weeks after the end of the long rains. The red 'X' on the map of Meru shows the approximate position of Offbeat Meru camp.

Game viewing was excellent as the park was drying out and so leaf cover in the bush was lessening. There are wide variety of large mammals present in the park, including the 'Northern Five' - reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, lesser kudu, Grevy's zebra and gerenuk.

Water is in good supply all year round as thirteen rivers flow into the park from the Nyambene hills to the North and West. The Southern border of the park is the Tana river, which is Kenya's biggest.

Meru was largely poached out in the 1980s and 1990s but since 2005 a huge effort has been made to rehabilitate and restock the park. It is now well looked after and the wildlife is flourishing.