Discover Meru National Park


from iKWETA Safari Camp

Affordable Safari Luxury in Mt Kenya region

“…we were watching 3 lions, when a large group of probably 100 elephants came down to the river in single file – they just kept coming and coming.”

– Visitors to Meru National Park

Meet Meru Big Five...

Meru National Park is famous for its varied eco-systems – from thorny bushland in the North and South-East to tropical marshes and dense riverine forests of Doum and Raffia palm in the West with sizable waterways; from rain forest (Ngaya Forest, also known as the “Elephants Maternity”) in the North-West to open grasslands elsewhere.

Meru National Park is, of course, the land of the Big Five – elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard.

The Park is one of the best places in Kenya to see rhinos in the wilderness. At last count, the fenced 83 sq km Rhino Sanctuary was home to 34 black and 70 white rhinos.

Meru National Park is famous for its lions. The Park is especially associated with Elsa the Lioness and the film Born Free, a 1966 Technicolor British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised Elsa, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood.

Elsa’s Grave is at the southern end of Meru National Park, off the southern bank of the Ura River.

Some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo are found in Meru National Park.

The stealthy and elusive leopard are to be found here. When on safari don’t forget to look up the thorny acacia trees once in a while. You may be surprised what you find – a leopard with a kill…

Meru National Park is the home of many other animals as well, including cheetah, hippo, zebra, giraffe, hartebeest, oryx, oribi, waterbuck, … and abundant birdlife

The Park is truly a bird watchers paradise. Over 400 species are recorded.

Say Hello
to Affordable
Safari Luxury

From its vantage location just 2 km from the Murera Gate, the main entrance into Meru National Park, iKWETA Safari Camp serves as a convenient and affordable base for exploring the complete wilderness of one of Kenya’s most beautiful national parks.

We are a small Tented Camp – by choice… Only 10 guest Tents.

iKWETA Safari Camp is about Affordable Safari Luxury in Mt. Kenya region. 

We offer natural elegance, personalized service and value for money.


Each guest Tent is spacious – and each is specially situated and designed with considerations for privacy.

Guest Tents have either Double bed or Twin beds.

All Tents face East for guests to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Meru National Park from the comfort of their beds.

Each guest Tent has en-suite bathroom with modern shower and toilet separated from the bedroom area by a natural stone wall.

Night time at iKWETA is beautiful for gazing at the stars – and sometimes even a shooting star…

Other amenities...

  • Improved accessibility for guests who are wheelchair users and for those with reduced mobility
  • Large swimming pool
  • Mains electricity
  • Ample power sockets in guest Tents for charging devices
  • High-capacity backup generator
  • DSTv in Guest Lounge
  • Free fast Internet connection in the Central Area
  • Optional excursions to other attractions in the local area


Meals cooked to order

Accommodations are on Full-Board basis.

Our delicious cuisine – cooked to order – is prepared from fresh local produce and from our own Greenhouse and farms.

Vegetarian dishes are always on offer.

Flexible meal times

Meal times are flexible, depending on arrival and departure times of guests.

Pre-game drive early morning wake-up calls with coffee, tea and biscuits on request.

Packed Breakfasts and Lunches can be arranged to accommodate game drives.

Drivers/Guides accommodation

On Full-Board basis, at nominal tariff.

What our Guests say...

What is Certificate of Excellence?

Trip Advisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers.

This is paradise on earth! Everything was perfect: The welcome by the owners, the kindness and efficiency of the staff, the tented bungalows, isolated and really comfortable, the total quietness of the place, the excellent meals prepared from local produce, the subdued atmosphere in the huge reception room with bar and TV, the closeness to the entrance of Meru NP, the swimming pool and the beauty of the surroundings.

A great place which we highly recommend.
– French couple

Thanks to favourable guest reviews, iKWETA Safari Camp has earned Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years in a row – in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 – thus qualifying for Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame…

Highly recommend this amazing place. It is a luxury camp but really affordable. Their slogan does not lie.
– Swiss couple

This is a charming and well-run establishment and it’s a fraction of the price of the high-end camps.
– British couple

You get luxury for little money…
– Nordic couple

Other acclamations
for iKWETA Safari Camp

WONDERFUL! 9 out of 10

– Lonely Planet

Featured in MSAFIRI, Kenya Airways Inflight Magazine (February 2015)

Featured in DAILY NATION, Kenya’s largest newspaper (October 21, 2015)

Featured in BUSINESS DAILY (August 26, 2016)

2019 Full-Board Rates

East Africa Residents
USD 148
Double/Two persons sharing

Single/One person

Residents of elsewhere
USD 172
Double/Two persons sharing

USD 102
Single/One person

3-11 years old sharing
Guest Tent with parents

50% of adult rate

Full-board accommodation rates include Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Selected beverages (tea/coffee, fresh juice at breakfast, water for packed Lunches) are also included.

Full-board accommodation rates exclude Transport, Park fees, Game drives, Special excursions, and Beverages (other than the selected ones) are charged separately.

All rates include applicable taxes (VAT, 16%; Tourism Levy, 2%).

Contact us

iKWETA Safari Camp
Meru National Park Murera Gate
P.O. Box 620 MAUA 60600 Kenya
Tel.: +254 705 200 050
Tel.: +254 708 235 631
Twitter: @ikweta


Accommodation is by advance confirmed reservation. To check our current availability and make your provisional booking, please click on the Calendar box below and enter your desired dates. 

You may also fill out the Contact form on this page if you have specific questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible. See also our FAQ [Frequently Asked Questions] below.

Payments Online

We accept payment with M-PESA (to Till Number 56024), and with PayPal and major Credit Cards.

We accept Payments Online on this secure website via Direct Pay Online, a platform used by many establishments in Kenya and in other countries. We can also send you an Email Transaction link to make payment in order to guarantee your reservation. Click on any of the links to go directly to Payments Online page.

Contact form

Meru Park is a year-round destination. Wildlife (including the Big 5) is abundant throughout the year.
Scenery is always spectacular. 
iKWETA Safari Camp is open 365 days a year.

The road network in Meru National Park is excellent even for a salon car. During the rainy season a 4 x 4 vehicle is preferable. The Rhino sanctuary includes a large wetlands zone.

Two children between 3 to 11 years old sharing a tent would pay 75% of the Room (Tent) rate. 

Yes, we are very flexible with meal times and provide personalized meal service, as requested.

Yes, we cater to many Vegetarians and Vegans. Guests should advise in advance of any lactose intolerance, peanut allergies, diabetic needs, celiac disease (gluten-free).

Yes, one of our tents is wheelchair accessible. Restaurant and toilets are accessible as well. Our camp is on a flat terrain.

Yes, all our Guest Tents are fully-equipped with heavy-duty mosquito netting protecting Tent doors and windows. Also, Tents have safe mosquito diffusers. As precaution, guests are advised to have their personal mosquito repellents.

Yes, we can. In addition to game drives to Meru National Park (by prior arrangement), iKWETA Safari Camp endeavors to enrich the experience of its guests by organizing optional excursions to interesting and scenic places in the vicinity of the Camp, including Nature Walks to nearby Gatwe (“Skull”) hill – which offers panoramic views of the entire Meru Conservation Area. An excursion to Nyambene Forest and water tower (morning or afternoon drives), past scenic small-scale tea farms where some of the best tea in the world is grown, is a rewarding experience. For day excursions, guests are taken in their tour company vehicle or they may use their own vehicle and are accompanied by an employee of iKWETA who serves as a guide. Packed lunches can be arranged. A nominal fee may be chargeable (per group of whatever size). Details are available from Reservations.

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