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Visiting Kora National Park

Hey there, fellow adventurers! If you’re seeking an off-the-beaten-path safari experience that’s as exhilarating as it is awe-inspiring, let me introduce you to a hidden gem: Kora National Park. Nestled in the eastern reaches of Kenya, Kora is a sanctuary of untamed wilderness and raw natural beauty that promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Africa. As you traverse its rugged landscapes and meandering rivers, you’ll discover a paradise teeming with diverse wildlife, from majestic elephants to elusive leopards, making every moment an adventure waiting to unfold.     But what sets Kora apart isn’t just its abundant wildlife or breathtaking scenery—it’s the spirit of adventure that permeates every corner of this remote park. Whether you’re embarking on a thrilling game drive, setting out on a scenic hike, or camping beneath the star-studded African sky, Kora offers a sense of freedom and exploration that’s truly unparalleled. So pack your sense of adventure and join me as we uncover the hidden treasures of Kora National Park, where every moment is an opportunity for discovery and wonder.

Kora rock

Kora Rock in Kora National Park

✈️ Airport: Kyethoni airstrip, Kampi ya Simba airstrip and Masanduku airstrip

💵 Currency: Kenyan Shillings (Kes)

Weather; Warm and Tropical

🗣️ Language: English and Swahili are the national languages
⏰ Time Zone: East Africa Time (GMT+3)

How to get Kora National Park

Roads: Kora is 270 km to the north-east of Nairobi. Access is via Thika to Mwingi then north-east through Kyuso village.
Nairobi – Thika -Mwingi- Tseikuru – Kaningo gate
Nairobi – Thika – Mwingi – Tseikuru – Masyungwa gate – Kampi ya simba
Nairobi – Embu – Meru N. Park – Adamsons gate
Nairobi – Nanyuki – Meru N. Park – Adamsons gate
A bridge (Adamson’s Bridge) across the Tana River joins the park with Meru National Park. The park has a road network.

Airstrips: Kyethoni airstrip, Kampi ya Simba airstrip and can also be accessed through Masanduku airstrip in Meru N. Park

How to Book a Visit to Kora National Park

Good news you don’t have to book in advance. Payment is done on Ecitizen

How Much Is The Entry Fee And Opening Hours?

Citizen Adults-Ksh300

Citizen Child- Ksh215

Resident Adult- Ksh300

Resident Child- Ksh215

Non-Resident  Adult- 52usd

Non-Resident  Child -35USD

Monday to Sunday: 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. All year round including public holidays and weekends

What to take with you

Money to buy refreshments or meals 
Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a guidebook

Kora National Park On Google Maps

Discovering the Hidden Charms of Kora National Park

Kora National Park, a hidden gem tucked away in Kenya’s eastern wilderness. In this blog post, we’ll embark on an exciting journey to explore the location, activities, and wildlife that make Kora National Park a unique and unforgettable destination, all while maintaining a fun yet professional tone.

Location of Kora National Park

Kora National Park is located in the eastern region of Kenya, covering an area of approximately 1,787 square kilometers (690 square miles). It lies along the Tana River, between the towns of Garissa and Embu, and is part of the larger Tana River County.

Activities in Kora National Park

Despite its remote location, Kora National Park offers a variety of activities for adventurous travelers to enjoy. From game drives and bushwalks to birdwatching and cultural encounters, there’s something for everyone to experience in this untamed wilderness. One of the highlights of visiting Kora is exploring the Tana River, where visitors can enjoy boat safaris, fishing excursions, and picnics along the riverbanks.

Kora National Park is also known for its rugged terrain and dramatic landscapes, making it an ideal destination for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. Guided walks through the park’s diverse ecosystems offer opportunities to spot wildlife, discover hidden waterfalls, and marvel at breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the river valley.

Animals of Kora National Park

Despite its relatively small size, Kora National Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Visitors can expect to encounter a variety of species, including elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, hyenas, and various antelope species. The park is also renowned for its birdlife, with over 400 bird species recorded, including the rare Tana River cisticola and Pel’s fishing owl.

In addition to its resident wildlife, Kora National Park is famous for its association with conservationist George Adamson, who lived and worked in the park rehabilitating orphaned lions. The park is home to the burial site of Adamson and his beloved lioness Elsa, immortalized in the book and film “Born Free.”

Kora National Park may be off the beaten path, but its allure and beauty are waiting to be discovered by intrepid travelers seeking adventure and exploration. Whether you’re exploring its rugged landscapes, encountering wildlife in their natural habitat, or reflecting on the legacy of George Adamson, a visit to Kora promises an unforgettable safari experience in the heart of Kenya’s wilderness. So pack your sense of adventure, embrace the unknown, and prepare to be enchanted by the hidden charms of Kora National Park.

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