Kora National Park is located in Tana River County in Kenya and spans approximately 441,000 acres of land. The former nature reserve was gazetted as a national park in 1989 after the murder of George Adamson by poachers. Meru National Park and Tana River border Kora National Park, both of which offer sublime natural beauty and feature Adamson’s Falls, Kora Rapids, and Grand Falls. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Last Wilderness’, Kora National Park offers a pristine and genuine landscape, unspoilt, and geographically diverse. From the lush jungles and the coursing rivers to the verdant swamplands and the scenic grasslands, safari-goers are in for a natural treat. Kora is 280 kilometres to the northeast of Nairobi. A fully-equipped 4WD vehicle is essential.
Kora National Park is connected to its sister park—Meru National Park. All the major safari wildlife roam across the borders and can be found in Kora. The Park is still recovering from heavy poaching problems in the decades before so animal densities are low. However, elephants, hippos, hyenas, and several antelope species are just some of the animals guests could encounter. The region’s birds are abundant and colourful and include ibis, heron and African fish eagles, while the riverine acacia woodland shelters the smallest of the long-tailed sunbirds—the black-bellied sunbird. Furthermore, golden-breasted starlings are also encountered in the area.
Kora National Park is a great destination throughout the year, but the roads can become inaccessible and difficult to navigate during the wet season. Wildlife can be hard to spot during this time as well, as the grass is very long. The best time for visiting is in the dry season from June to September when animals seek out watering holes and the vegetation thins out.
Kora and Meru National Parks are considered sister parks and offer a wide variety of safari activities to enjoy. For avid birding enthusiasts, the 300 species found in the area can make for very rewarding bird watching experiences, so guests should bring their binoculars. A 4WD vehicle is essential for exploring the national park and provides a great way to spot the resident wildlife in the area. Guests should be on the lookout for buffalo, lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and hippos.
There is no accommodation in Kora National Park. However, Meru National Park offers a variety of accommodation options for guests visiting this part of Keyna. From exclusive lodges and tented camps to self-catering accommodation and public campsites, there is something for any discerning traveller.
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