Expert Reviews – Kora NP

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Kora NP: once the playground of the Adamson family, now untrammeled wilderness
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The famous George Adamson, from the book and film entitled: “Born Free”, was murdered in Kora National Park by poachers in 1989. Kora neighbors the more developed Meru National Park and unless you are particularly interested in the history of the Adamson family, I can’t give a good reason to venture out here. It is in Meru National Park, where George Adamson released his lion Elsa. The grave of the popular lioness can still be visited. Although all wildlife species present in Meru National Park occur in Kora, densities are lower and animals tend to be skittish. Visiting this park should more be undertaken as an adventure expedition than a mainstream safari.

A little visited wilderness
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Unpromisingly, Kora is best known as the place where the lion-loving conservationist George Adamson (of Born Free fame) was murdered in 1989, during the height of the poaching war. Otherwise it is basically just an eastern extension of Meru National Park, harbouring a similar selection of wildlife, but even more remote and untrammeled, and suitable only to properly kitted out expeditions with at least 4x4s vehicles travelling in convoy. The border area with Meru, where the a rapids known as Adamsons Falls lie on the Tana River (Kenya’s largest) us quite accessible, however.

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