Meru National Park provides visitors with a variety of nature encounters including jungle, grasslands, swamps, rivers, and landscape with an abundance of termite created mounds. The Kenyan Wildlife Services describes Meru as “Complete Wilderness.” Located NE of Nariobi it covers an are of 870 sq km and is the location where the famous George and Joy Adamson raised the lioness named Elsa which was written and then a film created under the title of Born Free. Wildlife is varied and plentiful with common species including elephant, giraffe, black rhino, white rhino, kudu, gazelle, hartebeest, reedbuck, zebra, and hippo. Predator species include lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, African wild cat, and hyena. Birdwatchers are happy to learn that there are 427 species of birds to check off during an exploration of the park