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Kora National Park


The Kora National Park was gazetted in 1973 as a national reserve and gazetted as a national park in 1990 following the murder of George Adamson by poachers. Located in Coast Province, Kenya, the park covers an area of 1,788 square kilometres.

The topography of the park slopes gently from an altitude of 490 m in the south-west to an altitude of about 270m in the north-east. The central area of the park is an undulating peneplain. Basement ridges protrude above the surface of the peneplain as rocky inselbergs, domed hills or hard rocks that rise steeply from the surrounding area. The highest of these inselbergs are Mansumbi (488m), Kumbulanwa (450m) and Kora Rock (442m). The cracks and crevices in the inselbergs have become filled with soil, and a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and small wind-blown trees have become established in them.

This triangle of dense woodland and scrub is limited along its 65 km northern boundary by the Tana River, which rises in the highlands between Aberdares and Mount Kenya, before commencing its 700 km passage to the Indian Ocean. The western boundary follows a straight line from Tana River which a joint boundary with the adjacent Mwingi N. Reserve, while the eastern boundry runs along Mwitamyisi River.

Games found in the park include; elephants, Lesser Kudus, wild dogs, striped and spotted hyenas, leopards and cheetahs. There are also about 500 species of insect, 21 species of fish, 33 mollusks and 40 reptiles in the park. Other activities found in the park are; bird watching, hiking, camel safaris, camping, river rafting, boating and fishing and rock climbing.

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