East Africa, Kenya

Meru National Park

Enjoying champagne while watching sunset at Meru National Park, Kenya

A less-visited, very African part of Africa, Meru rises on the broad northeastern slopes of Mount Kenya, in the country’s Central Highlands, straddling the equator at mile-high elevations. Meru National Park’s classic bush landscapes support a healthy and varied faunal population, including elephants, hippos, bush pigs, cheetahs, stately elands, simultaneously dainty and massive giraffes, hartebeest, Cape buffalos, Grevy’s zebras, and more than 427 bird species.

Meru was the home of Elsa the Lioness, who achieved great fame decades ago when Born Free, a book (and a memorable song) about her adoption by George and Joy Admanson and their attempt to acclimate her to a natural lion’s life, became something of a worldwide sensation. This is an old story worth revisiting, good reading on a still and serene Meru afternoon graced with birdsong.

Ex Africa semper aliquid novi. (There is always something new from Africa)Pliny the Elder

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