WE CELEBRATE KENYA’S HEROES OF NATURE! #ExploreKenya

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

Aerial view of Kora National Park via www.tusk.org

Aerial view of Kora National Park via http://www.tusk.org

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

Kora National park via www.tusk.org

Kora National park via http://www.tusk.org

Once the forgotten land of Kenya Kora via www.tusk.org

Once the forgotten land of Kenya Kora via http://www.tusk.org

@traveldiarieskenya adamsons bridge connecting meru national park to its sister park kora national park, over the tana river

@traveldiarieskenya adamsons bridge connecting meru national park to its sister park kora national park, over the tana river #Traveldiaries

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

@traveldiarieskenya the camp which was torched by the bandits after the murder of George Adamson by poachers has been rebuilt to how it was before Georges' killing

@traveldiarieskenya the camp which was torched by the bandits after the murder of George Adamson by poachers has been rebuilt to how it was before Georges’ killing #Traveldiaries

@traveldiarieskenya The mess at kambi ya simba,in Kora national park where George Adamson lived with his lions. pictures of George Adamson displayed in the mess

@traveldiarieskenya The mess at kambi ya simba,in Kora national park where George Adamson lived with his lions. pictures of George Adamson displayed in the mess #Traveldiaries

@traveldiarieskenya A snap shot of baba ya samba hangs at the camp

@traveldiarieskenya A snap shot of baba ya samba hangs at the camp #Traveldiaries

@traveldiarieskenya Kora's very own Moran strikes a pose. Kora

@traveldiarieskenya Kora’s very own Moran strikes a pose. Kora #Traveldiaries

@kimkevy Off to the loo #KoraNationalPark

@kimkevy Off to the loo #KoraNationalPark #Traveldiaries

@ollysuzi Camels at Kora National park

@ollysuzi Camels at Kora National park #Traveldiaries

@patrickkiilu George Adamson. Remembering the man who lived with Lions #BornFree

@patrickkiilu George Adamson. Remembering the man who lived with Lions #BornFree #Traveldiaries

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.

Born free actors Virginia Mckenna and Bill Travers filming the film 'Born Free' in Kora

Born free actors Virginia Mckenna and Bill Travers filming the film ‘Born Free’

@traveldiarieskenya George and his English Assistant Tony at Kora

@traveldiarieskenya George and his English Assistant Tony at Kora #Traveldiaries

Tony Fitzjohn at Kora National Park in Kenya

Tony Fitzjohn at Kora National Park in Kenya

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.

George Adamsons grave at Kora

@kimkevy George Adamsons grave at Kora #Traveldiaries

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.

@africanascents Fly fishing on Mt Kenya tarns #Traveldiaries

@nikroshania Glacial lake swimming, 3 degrees celcius at 4600m – Mt Kenya #Traveldiaries

@kimani_w Beautiful and peaceful up on Mount Kenya #Traveldiaries

@14jameshiggs Mt Kenya experience #Traveldiaries

@captracer Mt Kenya – clear skies #Traveldiaries

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.

@concreteworldclothing Cliff hanging – Mt Kenya #Traveldiaries

@binksy_j fly fishing at Lake Rutundu #MtKenya #Traveldiaries

@trendyb254 #MtKenya one thing I learned from the hike is it might look near but it is far, never give up, put your best foot forward. It might take seconds minutes, hours, days, months, years but just make an effort of accomplishing what you started #Traveldiaries

@martinindiatsi Mt Kenya #picoftheday #Traveldiaries

@harty_boi Mt Kenya expedition #Traveldiaries

@garethhnash The hike down from Point Lenana, through Shiptons camp and all the way to camp Moses, was hands down the most beautiful and most difficult hike of my life. After 11 hours I was absolutely finished #TravelDiaries

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

VIEW OF LAKE NAKURU

VIEW OF LAKE NAKURU

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.

@mgtenazas Lake Nakuru, an alkaline lake elevated at 1754m above sea level that is also famous for its abundance of flamingo and white rhino. #Traveldiaries

@tinaleeh Big cats forever #LakeNakuru #Traveldiaries

@sadiaani traveling around Kenya and enjoying the safaris breathtaking view #LakeNakuru #Traveldiaries

@gokokoc Hippos Lake Nakuru #Traveldiaries

@traveldiarieskenya repost @benacl Kenya – Lake Nakuru #Gopro #Traveldiaries

@a2safaris a dazzle of Zebra amidst a flock of Flamingo #LakeNakuru #Traveldiaries

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

@yassinjuma Lake Nakuru #Flamingoes #Traveldiaries

@lowisleakey Flamingoes at dawn #LakeNakuru #Traveldiaries

@avem5562 Lake Nakuru Kenya #Traveldiaries

@carinsa Jambo! Hello Rhino! Hello flamingo! #Traveldiaries

Sunrise over Lake Nakuru. Pic: unknown

Explore, Discover beautiful Kenya! #Traveldiaries  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!

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