BEST TIME TO VISIT MERU FOR AN EASTERN KENYA SAFARI
As with other locations in equatorial Kenya, the park experiences rainy and dry seasons. These seasons entail variations in wildlife viewing, budgetary requirements and ease of navigation during your safari activities. The long cool-dry season from July to October is widely-recognized as the best time to visit Meru National Park. With little to no new precipitation, seasonal watering holes evaporate and vegetation is sparse. As a result, animals travel to permanent water sources, such as rivers that not only provide much-needed drinking water, but also nourish the nearby vegetation. These conditions are ideal in the sense that wildlife are gathered along a central river location, giving you a chance to see many species intermingled in a relatively diverse area. The roads and trails are also dry, so traveling to these locations is manageable for your experienced guide. The long dry season coincides with the migration season in Masai Mara and also summer breaks for American and European families. When combined with the prime wildlife viewing period, this means that you will interact with slightly more visitors than other times of the year though at a minimal scale in Meru.
The short rainy season is in November and December. Rainfall during this period is typically limited to short afternoon and evening showers. In equatorial Kenya, this little amount of moisture evaporates quickly, so the roads and trails should remain moderate to navigate. Visitor levels during this time are lower than the long dry season, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s when many AfricanMecca guests plan their celebratory holidays in Eastern Africa. Room rates may be slightly lower during this time except in the festive period, although costs associated with travel, conservancy and park entrance in Meru, logistics and other aspects of your trip remain constant throughout the year. The rains subside in January and February, marking the short dry season in Meru. By end of March, though, the long rainy season arrives and lasts until late May to parts of June.
The heaviest rainfall is in April and May, and you will typically experience rains that last for a few days at a time but not all day. Most days are overcast with only occasional sunshine. Visitor levels decrease significantly during this time, so accommodations (read more on where to stay in Meru Park) lower their room rates while other costs do not change. Another much more spectacular advantage of planning your wilderness trip to Kenya during this time is that the landscape transforms into a lush setting of grasses, foliage and sparkling watering holes. The animals disperse across the park, so your guide uses his local knowledge and experience to locate the highly-desired species but more time is needed. Your anticipation grows as you wonder what lies around the next corner. Imagine your delight when you not only find the fauna, but also arrive at the perfect moment – a newborn elephant calf is being nestled by its mother only moments after being born. The long rainy season is when some mammals give birth, especially antelopes, so you are likely to see scenes just like this during your bush safari in Meru National Park.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MERU
For guests who desire the utmost pampering and luxury, Elsa's Kopje offers lodging that celebrate the life and work of Joy and George Adamson. Offbeat Meru, Rhino River, Ikwete Camps are other options.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN MERU
Meru is a discerning unspoiled paradise. From the non-stop action of a game drive to the more relaxed and subtle interactions of a nature walk, the park is a dream wilderness sited in eastern Kenya.
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GUIDE ON MERU PARK
A historical dream vacation awaits you at Meru Park, home of Joy and George Adamson and their lions. Located east of Mount Kenya, the park covers 336 square miles of hills, grasslands and forests.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MERU IN EASTERN KENYA
When visiting Meru National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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