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Kora National Park, Elsa's home

Wild and unspoilt nature

07-06-2021 di redazione

Kora National Park is one of the national parks in the coastal region of Kenya. It covers an area of 1,7800sq km along the banks of the Tana River, 125km east of Mount Kenya.
The former nature reserve was transformed into a wildlife park around 1990. The landscape consists of a pristine wilderness that slopes gently from an altitude of 490m in the south-west to about 270m in the north-east. Dotted with high inselbergs, which in geology are isolated reliefs usually dome-shaped, forests, glades and rolling hills that follow the sinuous silhouette of the Tana River for a good 65km from the highlands of Mount Kenya, with Adamson Falls, Grand Falls and the spectacular Kora rapids. The park is famous for having been for many years the place of work and home of the famous English naturalist George Adamson, called Baba ya Simba by the locals, which in Swahili language means "The father of the lions", who was killed, in circumstances never fully clarified, by poachers near his base Kambi ya Simba, where he was later buried. It was also the setting for the famous book "Nata Libera" with the touching story of the lioness Elsa.
Today, after a period in which poaching and other illegal activities led to the almost total extinction of the fauna and serious damage to the natural habitats, the park is populated by numerous mammals and wild animals including elephants, cheetahs, hyenas, lions, hippos and crocodiles along the Tana River where it is possible to fish for tilapia and perch. The vegetation is lush and the park is home to some 720 plant species, 49 of which are endemic to the park.
Visitors can climb the Kora Rock, where George Adamson is said to have "communicated" with his beloved lions, or take a walk with a guide along the bush or river trails, which offer wild and beautiful scenery.
The Kora National Park can be visited all year round, but the best time to visit is in the dry season from December to February.

How to get there:

By road: it can be from Nairobi ( from which it is about 300 km away ) via Thika to Mwingi and then northeast to Kyuso village. It is necessary to use a 4X4WD vehicle.
By plane: Travellers can fly to the different airstrips near the park such as Kyethoni airstrip, Kampi Ya Simba airstrip.

Admission: 250 Kshs for adult residents ( 200 Kshs children ) 30 USD for non-resident adults ( 20 USD for children ).

TAGS: Parchi del KenyaKora National ParkGeorge e Joy Adamson

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