Meru has a well-developed tourism industry owing to its proximity to Mt. Kenya and Lewa Conservancy which are world known tourist attractions. The Meru National Park located east of the county is one of the famous parks in the region, founded in 1966. A poacher-proof rhino sanctuary near the main gate is home to both the white and black rhinos and visitors can even take selfies at close range. Other major attractions include the former home of George and Joy Adamson, spectacular views of Mt. Kenya, rivers and riverine habitats, the big five, the grave of Elsa the lioness on the north bank of the Ura River, a major tributary that forms the park’s southwest boundary among others. Participants of the Epik Challenge may also enjoy game drives, bird watching, bush walks, sundowners and bush meals as they enjoy the outdoors.
The county is also home to Meru Museum that was established to conserve the culture and traditional practices of the Ameru people. It houses displays of the cultural and diverse history of the Ameru people as well as the garden of indigenous medicinal shrubs and herbs. There’s also an outdoor theatre for dances and other activities that showcase the Ameru culture. The Njuri Ncheke house is located about 13KM from Meru town. It is still used by the Meru Council of Elders for meetings and solving disputes arising within Meru communities but it is not open to the public. Meru County also provides an array of accommodation facilities including Safari Camps, hotels and lodges.