Kenya celebrates Mashujaa (Heroes) day every 20th of October. Travel Diaries decided to pay tribute to 3 spots that may be very different in landscape, history and attractions but remind us how truly remarkable Kenya is. God Bless our natural and wild heroes! And we have thousands of travelers on Instagram who agree with us! So we decided to share a few instagram pictures as well. Follow us on Instagram @traveldiarieskenya and when you travel Kenya, tag us so we can keep track of your experiences and share them with the world! Enjoy and happy Mashujaa day everyone!
KENYAS NATURAL HEROES
1. KORA NATIONAL PARK
Once considered a forgotten part of Kenya, Kora National Park owes a large part of its popularity to George Adamson. George, with help from Tony Fitzjohn, spent 18 years rehabilitating lion and leopard in Kora. Their work encompassed the organization and management of the conservation area and establishment of Kora as a National Park in 1990. Meru National Park and Kora National Park are now linked by a bridge which has been built over the Tana River. Kora is managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service
In 1989, at the age of 83, Adamson was murdered by Somali poachers. His base, Kampi ya Simba (“Camp of the Lions”), was then burnt down and the project closed. Its now been restored and open to the public
As much as Joy and George Adamson had an incredible rapport with lions and leopards, the Adamsons’ relationship was explosive – Joy was known as the “man-eater of Meru” for her quick temper and sexual adventures – and the couple separated (although were never divorced) even before the film “Born Free” was released. Joy, who died in 1980, moved on to the nearby Shaba game reserve, where she worked with leopards, and George moved to Kora. Tony Fitzjohn joined him there in 1971.
Christian a lion was bought from Harrods in 1969 by two young Australians, John Rendall and Anthony “Ace” Bourke, the animal had been raised as a pet. Incredibly, when Rendall and Bourke travelled to Kora to visit Christian a year later, the lion remembered them and there is video footage of him wrapping his front legs around their shoulders and nuzzling their faces. (The clip became a viral hit on YouTube.) HOW TO GET TO KORA
- Roads: Kora is 280 km to the north-east of Nairobi. Access is via Thika to Mwingi then north-east through Kyuso village. A bridge across the Tana River joins the park with Meru National Park. The park has a road network.
- Airstrips: There is an airstrip that is used for reserve’s administration. With another airstrip about 10km away on the eastern side.
ACTIVITIES : Game viewing, rock climbing, fishing in River Tana.
2. MT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the glacial valleys. With rugged glacier-clad summits and forested slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa.
The main summits are the twins Batian and Nelion, and these can only be reached by means of technical climbing via a variety of rock or ice routes. The third highest peak, Point Lenana, is a popular route for most groups. Point John and some of the other peaks also offer good rock climbing routes.
Mount Kenya is also regarded as a holy mountain by the Kikuyu and Meru living adjacent to it. They use the mountain for traditional rituals based on the belief that their traditional God Ngai and his wife Mumbi live on the peak of the mountain.
3. LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
In maasai Nakuru means “Dust or Dusty Place”. Lake Nakuru National Park was established in 1961. It started off small, only encompassing the famous lake and its surroundings. Now it has been extended to include a large part of the savannahs. It can be visited easily from Nairobi or more likely as part of a circuit taking in the Masai Mara, Mount Kenya and to Samburu.
The lake is world famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth – pink flamingoes whose numbers are legion, often more than a million maybe two. The park was recently enlarged partly to provide a sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence – to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife thanks to KWS
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