The Region covers the former Eastern province with a total of seven counties namely; Machakos, Meru, Embu, Isiolo, Kitui, Makueni and Tharaka-Nithi.
The Eastern region is inhabited by the Embu, Meru and Kamba, and several pastoralist communities who depend on livestock for their livelihood. The area has few tourist attractions.

Machakos County

The county covers an area of 6,281.4km2 most of which is semi-arid.

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

The Ol Donyo Sabuk national park is located about 85 km north-east of Nairobi in Machakos County. The ecosystem constitutes a mountain which is entirely covered with dense montane forest except for a small area at the top. Buffalos are the dominant animals in the ecosystem. Other wildlife include bushbuck, leopard, olive baboon, colobus monkey, vervet monkey, Sykes’ monkey, Kirk’s dik-dik, bush pig, common duiker, reedbuck, rock hyrax, bush-baby, tree and ground squirrel, aardvark, porcupine, mongoose, python and monitor lizard.

The park has 45 species of birds and the easily spotted ones include; white-browed sparrow weaver, grey-headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle, purple-breasted sunbird, yellow-vented bulbul, speckled mousebird, helmeted guinea fowl, black-headed oriole, grey tit, ring-necked dove, bateleur, great sparrow- hawk, bronze sunbird, superb starling and Mackinnon grey shrike.

How to get there

•      By Road: 85km north-east of Nairobi. From Thika town proceed 22km along the main Garissa road to Makutano junction. At Makutano follow the KWS sign and turn right, proceeding 3km on an all-weather murram road to Donyo town. At Donyo turn right and proceed a further 2km to the main gate.

Climate

•      January-March is hot and dry, April-June is hot and wet, July-October is very warm and dry, November and December are warm and wet.

Where To Stay

•      KWS self – catering accommodation:

o      Sabuk Guesthouse has capacity for 10 people.

•      Camping facilities

o      Turacco Public Campsite situated at the main gate

•      Picnic areas

o      Picnic site at the main gate

o      Picnic at Lookout Point which is at the mountain. At this point clients have an excellent view of Athi Plains, Nairobi City, Thika Town, Ngong Hills and the expansive Kapiti Plains of Kajiado county while enjoying their rest in the Park.

Meru County

This county is located on the North East slopes of Mount Kenya, with Kathita river passing through it. Its administrative town is Meru town which is situated about five miles north of the equator, at approximately 5,000ft altitude. The area is mainly populated with mixed forest and clearings, small towns, villages, and rural farms

Tourist attractions in the area include:-

MERU NATIONAL PARK

This park is also referred to as “The Complete Wilderness”. The park has 13 rivers and plentiful mountain-fed streams. It has diverse scenery from woodlands to wide-open plains, undulating landscapes and rich grey aluvial volcanic soils making it one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya. The park covers an area of 870km2 and is located at the east-north-east of Mount Kenya. The parks wet seasons are April-June and November-December. Rainfall ranges between 635-762mm in the west and 305-356mm in the east.

How to get there

•      Roads:

o      Access from Nairobi (348km) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all weather roads.

•      Air:

o      Main airstrip is at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge

o      Elsa’s Kopje airstrip

Major Attractions

•      Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness

•      View of Mt. Kenya

•      Rivers and riverine habitats

•      Tana river

•      Adamson’s falls

Wildlife

•      Grevy’s zebra, elephants, eland, bushpig,  waterbuck, cheetah, leopard, reticulated giraffe, hippopotamus, bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, python, puff udder, cobra, buffalo among others.

•      More than 300 recorded species of birds.

Vegetation

•      Mainly thorny bushland in the north, wooded grasslands in the west and open grassland elsewhere. The park also offers dense riverine forests of doum and raffia palms.

Where To Stay

•      In – park accommodation

o      Elsa’s Kopje

o      Leopard Rock Lodge

•      KWS self – catering accommodation:

o      Murera Bandas

o      Kina Bandas

o      Meru Luxury House

•      Camping Facilities

o      Kampi Baridi; Kitanga; Makutano; Rojoweru; Mugunga; Ken Mare and Kanjoo which are special campsites. Bwatherongi is a public campsite.

Activity Options

•      Game viewing

•      Camping

•      Sightseeing