Meru, a flourishing and bustling county, is located to the northeast of Mount Kenya, about 270 km from Nairobi. It stands in a heavily cultivated and forested area at an altitude of about 3000 m and it can be cold and damp. The name Meru originally comes from the Maasai people who referred to Tigania and Imenti forests as the “Mieru” forests or simply the Quiet Forests.
Meru County is the former home of Joy & George Adamson, Elsa the lioness, Mount Kenya views, Adamson falls and the Tana River. With a population of over 1.3M residents, Meru is covers an area of 6,936km2 bordering Isiolo to the North, Nyeri to the South West, Tharaka-Nithi to the South West and Laikipia to the West.
The county is also an important coffee-producing hub, which is grown in small holdings on the higher slopes above town in Mount Kenya’s rich volcanic soil and Miraa (khat) a major cash crop grown in lowland areas.
Although endowed with widely known tourist sites such as Meru National Park, a section of Mt Kenya National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Rutundu Log Cabins where Price William proposed to Kate, Meru remains as an off beaten track.