Meru National Park

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

iKWETA Safari Camp is about affordable Safari luxury in the Mt. Kenya Region. iKWETA is also about offering personalized service and value for money. As some Nordic guests put it in a review in Trip Advisor commenting on their recent stay in Kenya, [at iKWETA] “You get luxury for little money”…

A Swiss couple said it even more directly, also in a recent Trip Advisor review: “Highly recommend this amazing place. It is a luxury camp but really affordable. Their slogan does not lie.”

We are a *** (THREE) Star-rated establishment in the Kenya | East African Community classification of Tourism Enterprises (Category: Tented Camps, in accordance with the Tourism Act, 2011, Tourism Regulatory Authority Regulations, 2014 (Kenya Gazette, Notice No. 6111, Vol. CXVIII No. 87, 5th August 2016).

  • CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE four years running – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 – by Trip Advisor, world’s largest travel community.
  • “WONDERFUL” – 9 OUT OF 10 ranking by, one of world’s largest online booking platforms.
  • TOP CHOICE (2015) of Lonely Planet, world’s largest publisher of travel books.

  • Featured in MSAFIRI, Kenya Airways Inflight Magazine, February 2015, Edition M109: Kenya’s Hidden Gem: Meru.
  • Featured in DAILY NATION (Nairobi), Kenya’s leading newspaper, Saturday, October 21, 2015: Sights of Meru.
  • Featured in BUSINESS DAILY (Nairobi), Friday, August 26, 2016 Ikweta Safari Camp raises the bar for Meru.
  • Improved accessibility for guests who are wheelchair users and for those with reduced mobility.

Diverse eco-systems
Meru National Park is noted 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 grassland elsewhere.

Land of the Big-Five and Birdwatchers’ paradise
The park teams with wildlife, including the famed Big Five – elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. The Park is also a birdwatchers’ paradise with over 400 bird species reported.

Meru National Park is 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 northern bank of the Ura River (triangle area around Location markers No. 84, 85 and 86) and many visitors go there as part of their game safari to pay their respects. See photos of Elsa’s Grave in in our Photo Gallery.

iKWETA Safari Camp is collaborating with Born Free Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service in lion monitoring in Meru National Park. iKWETA guests while on game drives are encouraged to record information that will help identify individual lions as they move in and around the Park.

Lion Rover Project


Project Lion Rover
Meru National Park Lion Monitoring

Personal Message from Virginia McKenna.
Dear Friends,

I have been coming to Meru for almost as long as I can remember. Meru, its wildlife, its wild places and is people are at the heart of Born Free. That is why The Born Free Foundation, the Kenya Wildlife Service and iKWETA Safari Camp are collaborating on a project that will help identify individual lions as they move in and around Meru National Park. This vital information will help us all improve our understanding of Meru’s lions and assist our continued conservation efforts. Please will you be part of our team and, with the help of your wonderful driver/guide, carefully record information on each lion you see during what I know will be a memorable stay.
Thank you.
Virginia McKenna OBE
Actress and Conservationist

Click on link to learn more about Project Lion Rover.

Other links:
A lion-hearted return to Kenya

Born Free Founder Virginia McKenna Speaks Out for Lions

Born Free Foundation UK | Born Free Foundation USA