This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Meru County. Meru County is located on the northeast slopes of Mount Kenya. It covers an area of 6, 936 square kilometres. The county is headed by Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Meru County.
1. Meru National Park
The park covers an area of 870 square kilometres. It features coursing rivers, luxurious jungle, verdant swamp, khaki grasslands, different bird species and game animals such as zebras, elephants, reedbucks, buffalos and diverse species of snakes. It is a perfect park for camping, nature trails, bird watching and game viewing activities.
2. Meru National Museum
It originated in 1974 in an old historic building that dates back to 1916. The museum features a garden of indigenous medicinal shrubs, a compound of traditional huts, various displays and exhibitions of the cultural history of the Meru people.
3. Ngare Ndare Forest
It is a lush indigenous forest located at the foothills of Mount Kenya. It features amazing waterfalls, rock pools, wild animals and diverse bird species. It is an ideal destination for tree canopy walk, camping, rock climbing, game drives, canyoning and bird watching.
4. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
It is a private wildlife sanctuary that was formed in 1995. It is home to a variety of wildlife such as the endangered black rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, sitatungas, lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffaloes, cheetahs, giraffes and different species of birds.
5. Mount Kenya
It is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second largest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a breathtaking world heritage site that features dense forests, mineral springs, glaciers and different species of wild animals. It is a perfect destination for camping, hiking and mountain climbing.
6. Meru Equator Tamaduni Cultural Centre
It is a private museum where over 300 Meru traditional artefacts are displayed. Some of the artefacts you can find there include; kitchenware, clothing, farm implements, ornaments and weaponry.
7. Nyambene National Reserve
It was named after the famous Nyambene hills. It features one of the most breath-taking craters in Kenya- Igombe, which is located at the northeast tip of the Nyambene range. It also features over 100 species of birds, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, cheetahs, leopards and lions.
8. Giitune Sacred Forest
It is an indigenous forest that falls within the larger Mount Kenya forest eco-system. Many traditional myths and taboos are associated with the forest which was believed to house an enormous serpent that guarded the forest. The forest features many species of flora, fauna and divergent birdlife.
9. Devils’ Bridge Waterfall
It is located along the Meru-Nkubu Highway, about 300 metres from Gikumene primary school. It is a splendid waterfall that drops down to about 300 feet, hits upon rocks before forming a small natural dam. The place was an important source of ochre that was used by early African communities for body decoration.
10. The River Kathita Waterfall
It is a scenic waterfall popularly referred to as ‘ndurumo ya M’ntanii’ by the locals. It lies close to another small waterfall from River Mpuri. It is a scenic waterfall that you actually need to visit if you are a lover of nature.