Getting there


Coordinates: Decimal Deg. Latitude: 0.279167; Decimal Deg. Longitude: 38.106111 [Lat: 0° 16′ 45.0006″ |
Long: 38° 6′ 21.999″]

If you are coming by Helicopter
It is only 45 minutes from Nairobi …! The iKWETA Heliport is right within the Camp …

If you are coming by car you can use the Google Map on this page for directions, or see below.

If you are coming from Samburu National Reserve | Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Drive towards Isiolo Airport and take Muriri-Micimikuru Road to Muriri market. At Muriri, take left in the direction of Maua (on the C91 Meru-Maua road).

There are two access routes to Meru National Park and iKWETA Safari Camp: through the Murera Gate – the main gate (tarred all the way), if you are coming from the west side of Mount Kenya, Nyeri, Laikipia and Samburu – and through the Ura Gate (tarred up to Chiakariga Market and murrammed from there to the gate), if you are coming from the east side of Mount Kenya, Embu and Tharaka-Nithi.

iKWETA Safari Camp is situated on 30 acres of private land just 2 km from the Murera Gate. It is located 85 km from Meru Town and 348 km from Nairobi. Maua, the nearest town, is located 60 km north of Meru on the north-western slopes of the Nyambene Range and about 35 km west of Meru National Park.

 

Access through Murera Gate
By public transportation

Maua is well served by public transportation. Buses and Matatu shuttles depart at all times of the day from the neighbourhood of downtown Nairobi popularly known as “Tea Room”, off Accra Road. Transfer from Maua to iKWETA Safari Camp can be arranged. Travel to iKWETA Safari Camp by Matatu and Piki-Piki is also possible.

By private vehicle

Meru is accessible along the Mount Kenya ringroad; from the south, around the east side via Embu (A2 from Nairobi to Makutano/Nyeri/Embu junction; B6 to Embu and Meru/Makutano junction); and from the north-west, around the west and north side of the mountain via Nyeri and Nanyuki (A2 from Nairobi to Marwa/Nyeri junction, just after Karatina; A2 to Nanyuki and Isiolo/Meru junction; B6 to Meru/Makutano junction). Maua is to the north-east of Meru.

On the C91 Meru-Makutano-Maua highway, the turnoff to Meru National Park is just after Maili Tatu market, at a place popularly known as “Farm”. There is a bend on the road and some speed bumps before the junction on the left to the E817. You will see the signage for Meru National Park and iKWETA Safari Camp. The road is tarred to the Murera Gate.

 

Access through Ura Gate

Access to Meru National Park through the Ura Gate is during dry weather. From Nairobi, take the A2 highway in the direction of Nyeri. Drive for about 87 km to Makutano. Turn right to the B6 in the direction Embu-Meru. Drive past Embu town for about 18 km. At Ena market, turn right on the C92 Ena-Mitunguu highway in the direction of Ishiara-Chiakariga. You will see the signpost – Meru National Park: Ura Gate, 116 km. The road is tarred up to Chiakariga.

This route to Meru National Park takes you through stunning landscapes of the Mbeere and the Tharaka areas of Embu and Tharaka-Nithi Counties. From the Ura Gate, it is a leisurely game drive through the Park before you arrive at iKWETA Safari Camp by the Murera Gate (49 km away).

Indicative distances
NAIROBI to iKWETA Safari Camp VIA EMBU-URA GATE-MERU NATIONAL PARK-MURERA GATE: 310 km
NAIROBI to iKWETA Safari Camp VIA EMBU-MERU-MURERA GATE: 293 km
NAIROBI to iKWETA Safari Camp VIA NANYUKI-MERU-MURERA GATE: 329 km
MERU-MAKUTANO [JCT EMBU-MERU-NANYUKI B6 HIGHWAY & MERU-MAUA C91 HIGHWAY] to MAILI TATU | “FARM” [turnoff to Meru National Park]: 47 km
A2-ISIOLO AIRPORT-JCT MURIRI-MICIIMIKURU ROAD to MURIRI: 28 km
MURIRI to MAILI TATU | “FARM” [turnoff to Meru National Park]: 20 km
MAILI TATU | “FARM” [turnoff to Meru National Park] to iKWETA Safari Camp: 22 km