Meru is a town in eastern Kenya. It is the headquarters of the Meru County, and the sixth largest urban centre in Kenya. Meru has a population of 240,900 residents. The town lies on the northeast slopes of Mount Kenya. This county is the proud homeland of the “ameeru” tribe. Meru town is the Commercial capital of Northern and Eastern Kenya. It hosts a Central Bank of Kenya’s Currency Centre serving the North Eastern Half of Kenya.
The tourism industry is fairly developed in the county, with Meru National park being the major tourist centre. The Lewa Downs ranch which is privately owned attracts tourists and competitive sports like the cross country, rhino charge and marathon. There are a variety of wildlife such as white elephant, baboons, giraffe, gazelle, buffalos, rhino, cheetah, zebras and different birds’ species. These wildlife species are mainly found in the gazetted game parks and forests such as the Meru National Park, Mt. Kenya National Park and Imenti forest.
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
The Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) is a chartered private university founded by the Methodist Church in Kenya. It is situated within woodland on the north eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, five kilometres from Meru Town. The evolution of KeMU is based on the 1906 Methodist Church education policy that resulted in the development of schools, industrial institutes and colleges. The hospitals that serve the school are, Maua Methodist Hospital, Meru level five teaching and Referral Hospital.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
Boarding in self-contained rooms with fellow exchange students.
Lodging in the hostels, with meal s available in the campus cafeteria.
The town of Meru is linked to Nairobi by a paved road, whether from the south around the east side of Mount Kenya, via Embu, or from the northwest around the west and north side of Mount Kenya, via Nanyuki and Timau. An international airport is being built at Isiolo, 35 Kilometres away, via a new tarmac road through Ruiri. Within the town, the roads have seen a lot of improvement after the maintenance of urban roads was transferred to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, which in turn set up its Upper Eastern Regional Headquarters in Meru.
Meru is an attractive wild game tourist site with many packages available depending on personal budgets.
Forest elephants bringing down trees just outside the classrooms on campus.