A Guide To Kora National Reserve
At the request of Kenya’s then Foreign Minister, and Kenya Wildlife Services, Tony Fitzjohn has conducted several surveys of Kora on behalf of the Kenyan Government and the trusts to try to ascertain what steps need to be taken to continue development and protection of the area. On-site meetings with representatives from the District Offices and Kenya Wildlife Services have taken place, and detailed reports have been written
Tourism could bring in important revenue and a bridge has been built between Meru National Park and Kora – always a dream of George Adamson’s – which is helping to put Kora on the map for a new northern tourist circuit.
The mess hut at Kora prior to restoration
Tony has assisted in the siting of a proposed tourist lodge close to the magnificent Tana River
Asako is the main village on Kora’s boundaries. George and Tony’s loyal and sympathetic neighbours for nearly two decades, it is isolated and virtually forgotten and at the mercy of all too regular shifta bandit attacks. The security of the area is now improving, yet the village is in desperate need of development and assistance. The trusts are funding medical visits and have stocked a small dispensary which has been carried out by the Flying Doctors Service. The trusts have also funded the revival and maintenance of a clean and regular water supply, which is being effected through AMREF (African Medical Research and Education Foundation). Upgrading of housing in the village for a recruited government nurse is another priority.
The trusts are working to maintain and increase their close commitment to Kora and the village of Asako to ensure the further development of this unique, and virtually unspoilt, piece of northern wilderness
Facts About Kora National Reserve
Altitude – Kora: 250-440 meters above sea level.
Area – Kora: 1,787 sq km.
Distance from Nairobi: 348 km north-east of Nairobi, Kora is a further 35 km east of Meru
Gazetted – Kora: opened 1989
Climate: The Parks are part of the semi-arid zone and have irregular rainfall. The wet seasons are April-June and November-December.
Vegetation: Mainly thorny bushland in the north, wooded grasslands in the west and open grasslands elsewhere. The Parks also feature dense riverine forests of doum and raffia palm.
What To see At Kora National Reserve
Wildlife Includes: buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, zebra, rhino, giraffe, hippo, lesser kudu, oryx, gerenuk, hartebeest and gazelle.
Reptiles: python, puff adder and cobra.
Birds: More than 300 recorded species.
Roads: 4WD is essential during the rainy seasons and recommended at other times to best enjoy the Parks.
Accommodation And Hotels At Kora National Reserve
There are no lodges, tented camps or self-catering options in Kora National Park
For information on campsites in Kora National Park please consult the warden.
When To Visit Kora National Reserve
The Parks are accessible all year round.
What To Take With You To Kora National Reserve
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Drinking water and picnic items (and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight). Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellant and guide books.
How to get To Kora National Reserve
A bridge across the Tana River leads from Meru National Park into Kora National Park at Adamson Falls.