In the shadows of Mt Kenya

In the shadows of Mt Kenya, Africa's second-highest mountain and one of the Rift Valley's shapelier peaks, Meru National Park counts among Kenya's least-visited parks.

This is all the more surprising given its landscapes (Hemingway-esque green hills, riverine forests, baobab and palm trees) and wildlife (including lions descended from those of Joy Adamson's Born Free fame). But use this knowledge to your advantage: unlike in most Kenyan parks, at Meru there's a good chance you'll be the only visitors present while lions snarl over a freshly killed impala.