From Meru town to Meru National Park, also popularly referred as 'Elsa Country' after the lioness successfully rehabilitated by the Adamsons, is 78 km (49 miles). The road though dirt, can be negotiated by any kind of vehicle.
Meru National Park's 870 Sq. Kms contain an excellent system of roads and tracks, plus several airstrips. By the Meru National Park runs the Tana river, 440 miles long, which winds through the northern frontier down to the Indian Ocean near Lamu. Up here its banks attract wildlife like Jam does flies and a motorboat is available for river exploration.
There is plenty of game in the reserve, including reticulated Giraffe and Grevy's Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Black Rhino, Elephant, Buck and a great variety of birds. A herd of white Rhino previously extinct in the area, was introduced here from South Africa; they are now breeding successfully and may be seen at their compound near park headquarters or else feeding in the vicinity, escorted by a ranger.
The altitude of the park varies from about 1,000 ft along the Tana to 3,400 ft in the Nyambene foothills. West of Leopard's Rock there is a wilderness area with no roads, while the site of Elsa's Camp, used by the Adamsons, is on the Ura river in the south of the park. Accommodation is available in the park at Meru Mulika Lodge and Leopard Rock Self Help Lodge.