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Visitor Information -- You can contact the Kenya Wildlife Service for up-to-the-minute information about the park (www.kws.go.ke), or contact the senior warden (tel. 0164/20-613 or 0721/860-285; merupark@kws.go.ke). The park is open from 6am till 7pm; last admission through any of the gates is at 6:15pm.

Getting There -- It's a long and winding road from Nairobi to Meru National Park, and the journey will probably take several years off your life (as does most open-road travel in Kenya). AirKenya (tel. 020/60-6535; www.airkenya.com) flies to Meru from the capital each day at 9:15am; the trip takes 70 minutes and the airfare is $174 one-way. There are three airstrips within the park that can be used for charters flying into Meru.

Getting Around -- As with just about every wildlife preserve in Kenya, you'll be happier in a 4X4. This is especially true during the rainy seasons, when any other vehicle will get you stuck.

Park Fees -- Adults pay $50 and children $25. Pay in cash and carry foreign currency (sterling and euros are also accepted), or a miserable exchange rate will be applied.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.