1. Visit Meru National Park
It is located 350km from Nairobi and east of Meru. It has splendid jungle, coursing rivers, khaki grasslands, lush swamps, different birds’ species such as Pel’s fishing owl which can be heard hunting at night by the river, and the rare peters fin foot which is both known to be secretive and can be spotted hugging the trees sheltered water’s edge. It also contains elephants, zebras, reedbucks, buffalos, and various snake species. In the park, there are 13 rivers and a multitude of mountain streams that flow into the Tana River. George Adamson and Joy Adamson, who were conservationists, raised Elsa the lioness here and it was their former home. Elsa lioness was buried in this park and part of joy Adamson’s ashes were scattered on her graveside. You will be able to have a view of Adamson fall which is next to Tana River, a view of Mount Kenya, see the cemetery of joy and Elsa the lioness.
2. Visit Meru National Museum.
It started in 1974 in an old historic building that was vacated by district commissioners and it dates back to 1916. It has a garden of medicinal shrubs, a compound of traditional huts, various displays, and exhibitions of the traditional/cultural history of the Meru people. It contains exhibits on stone tools that date back to the prehistoric period and taxidermy animals. It has a display room with three sections devoted to the history of Meru culture and it contains ethnographic objects, human evolution, and natural history of the area it is located. The exhibit includes of traditional tools, clothing, and weapons such as spears, arrows, bows, grindstones. There’s a fish pond, an exhibit on small birds, reptiles and mammals from the area, and also dinosaurs. You will also be able to see the statue of the Living Mugwe who was the head of the Meru people and also see grounds where local Kenya medicinal plants which are about 23 plants are cultivated and conserved.
3. Visit Ngare Ndare forest
It is located on the border of Laikipia County and Meru County. It’s a lush indigenous forest located at the base of Mount Kenya. It has breathtaking waterfalls, rock pools, various bird species, and wildlife. It’s the perfect place for a tree canopy walk, rock climbing, camping, canyoning, hiking to the pools, game drives, and bird watching. You can swim in the pools at the springs whose waters are said to be blue during the dry season and it’s really amazing. The best time to visit is during the dry season in the months of June- October, and December- March due to the ease of the road passing and the pools maintain a turquoise blue color.
4. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
It’s a private wildlife refuge that was established in 1995. It’s a habitat for various wildlife such as Grevy’s zebras, sitatungas, endangered black rhinos, lions, elephants, cape buffalos, leopards, cheetahs, different species of bird and giraffes. It conserves wildlife and its habitat through protection and management of species, initiation, and support of community conservation and development programs, and educating the neighboring areas about the value of wildlife. It will offer you a great chance to see the endangered black and white rhino, Grevy’s zebras, be able to participate in horse and camel riding through the African savannah.
5. Mount Kenya
It’s the most elevated mountain in Kenya and the second biggest in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro. Its breathtaking world heritage site features many springs, dense forests, remnant glaciers that are all receding rapidly, and 4 secondary peaks at the head of steep glacial valleys and different species of wild animals. It’s a perfect destination for camping, mountain climbing, and hiking as you enjoy the mountain views and nature. You can also visit Mt Kenya national park for game viewing.
6. Meru Equator Tamaduni Cultural Center
It’s a private museum that displays over 300 Meru traditional treasures such as clothing, kitchenware, farm tools, weapons, and ornaments. You will learn a lot of lessons from the Wazees (Elderly men) there and be able to experience the Meru culture first hand.
7. Nyambene National Reserve
It was named after the popular Nyambene hills. It has one of the most breathtaking craters in Kenya- Igombe which is located at the northeast tip of the Nyambene range. It has over 100 species of birds, cheetahs, leopards, Grevy’s zebras, giraffes, gerenuk antelopes, and lions.
8. Giitume Sacred Forest
It’s an indigenous forest found within the large Mt Kenya forest ecosystem, it was believed to house a gigantic serpent that guarded the forest, and hence it’s associated with many traditional myths and taboos. It has various species of flora, fauna, and diverse birdlife. It’s home to the sacred colobus monkeys apart from its thick vegetation and scenic tree canopies. You will be able to learn how people prepare traditional meals of the Meru people and dress their traditional clothes. It has unique plant species such as the giant’s yellow mulberry, African wild olive, and large leaf Cordia which you can see when you visit. It’s a sacred forest where they perform traditional activities such as cleansing people who have been cursed or committed a taboo, carrying out age-old rituals when people make mistakes. It is very respected and believed that if one cuts a tree it cries and bleeds which automatically curses the person or their family, a belief that has been used to educate generations in the conservation of the forest.
9. Devil’s Bridge Waterfall
Located about 300m from Gikumene primary school along Meru Nkubu highway. It’s an amazing waterfall that drops down to about 300 feet, hits upon rocks before forming a small natural dam and it’s believed to have been formed by the devil himself.it was an important source of ochre that was used by early African communities for body décor. Technically it’s a segmented fall with 5 major drops and intervening cascades add up to a 91m total drop which is among the highest in wales. You can take a nature trail walk to see the amazing waterfalls and the view of the three bridges built on top of the other which span the breathtaking woodland gorge. Remember to carry sensible footwear since the walk is challenging and it contains many steep steps.
10. The River Katita Waterfall
Also referred to as ‘Ndurumo ya M’ntanii’ by the locals. Starts from Mt Kenya glaciers before feeding to Tana river less than a kilometer from Meru town center through Mwendantu road. It’s a scenic waterfall. It’s close to another small waterfall from river Mpuri and the waterfalls are a few meters apart. The lovers of nature this scenic waterfall is one you wouldn’t want to miss visiting. It’s a good place for nature walks, camping, swimming, and diving in the chilling waters flowing from the falls. If you are out to relax away from the fuss of Meru town, this place offers you a very quiet environment perfect for relaxing. Its surrounded by indigenous trees such as Meru Oak trees and Muringa.