In efforts to boost the tourism industry in the county, H.E Governor Kawira Mwangaza aims to partner with both local and international potential partners in the tourism industry to curb the declining arrivals of international tourists. In line with this, the department of Tourism in conjunction with Kenya Wildlife Service held a three-day tour operators consultation familiarization trip in Meru National Park. This is to shun the misconception that the park does not have much to offer to the visitors, and hence have tour operators open up their market to visitors in order to increase visitation and revenues.
A flourishing tourism sector will see an increase in job creation, enhance conservation of the natural environment and cultural assets and traditions, therefore reducing poverty and inequality in our county and country at large. Tourism is also a major source of income and significantly contributes to the Kenyan GDP strengthening the local and national economy.
The park is not to be underestimated. It is well known as Kenya’s ‘complete wilderness’ and it’s endowed with rich diversity of wildlife, scenic and historic resource value.
It is home to 13 rivers, a heaven for bird watchers with more than 400 recorded species of birds. It is recognized as having more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa, with the big five and rare species such as the reticulated giraffes, the white and black Rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, caracals, both greater and lesser Kudu, the aardwolf, among others.
Lodges within and around the Park vicinity include: Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, iKWETA Safari Camp, Rhino River Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge, amongst others.