Meru is a classic savannah wilderness and a refreshing antidote to the overdeveloped preserves such as Masai Mara and Samburu. If getting away from it all is a priority, you'll find your poison here. Wild, rugged, and remote -- and still recovering from a protracted period during the '80s and '90s when Somali poachers decimated entire animal populations here -- Meru sees comparatively few visitors. Attacks by poachers were so brutal, in fact, that more than 3,000 elephants were killed, and white rhino, initially introduced here from South Africa, were completely wiped out, killed alongside the people employed to care for them. But the brutality of the past seems to have abated, and Meru has been recovering steadily, thanks to foreign funding that has supported the relocation of animals, including elephant and rhino, and the much-needed repair of roads. Still, Meru's reputation as a hotbed of poaching has meant that it has yet to suffer the onslaught of safari tourism and remains marvelously unspoiled. … Back to Article
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