About Kenya

Fun facts: 

Kenya is a country that is located in East Africa. The country is home to 43.5 million people, while its capital city of Nairobi is home to 3.1 million people. Nairobi is also the largest city in the country. Kenya has a hot climate due to its location. It lies directly on the equator, and is surrounded by Uganda to the south, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia to the north. The country’s official languages are Swahili and English. It does not have an official religion, though; Christianity is highly prevalent throughout the country. Kenya uses the Kenyan shilling for their currency. Their flag is comprised of three colors, black, red with white edges, and green. In the middle of the horizontal flag is a red, white and black Maasai shield. The Maasai shield is a traditional symbol in Kenya that is used to symbolize the defense of the country. 

About the people and culture 

Kenya has a population of more than 38 million people, with about four million residing in its capital city, Nairobi. There are 42 ethnic groups who call Kenya home; each group has its own unique language and culture. Although Kikuyu is the largest ethnic group, the Maasai are the most well known due to both their long-preserved culture and their involvement in Kenyan tourism. Kenya is also home to immigrants of other nationalities, including Europeans, Asians, Arabs and Somalis. Kenya's official languages are English and Swahili. Kenya is a country in East Africa with a coastline on the Indian Ocean. 

It encompasses savannah, Lakelands, The dramatic Great Rift Valley and Mountain highlands. It is also home to vast wildlife species and animals like the big five that 

comprise of lions, elephants, leopards , giraffes and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations and Amboseli national park offering views of Tanzania’s Mt.Kilimanjaro, which is 5,895 meters high. 


Nairobi National Park

Welcome to Kenya’s most accessible yet incongruous safari experience. Set on the city’s southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park (at 117 sq km, one of Africa’s smallest) has abundant wildlife that can, in places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and planes coming in to land – it's one of the only national parks on earth bordering a capital city. Remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed by it all.The park has acquired the nickname ‘Kifaru Ark’, a testament to its success as a rhinoceros (kifaru in Kiswahili) sanctuary. The park is home to the world's densest concentration of black rhinosThe park’s wetland areas sustain approximately 400 bird species, which is more than in the whole of the UK.


The Giraffe Centre

This centre, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience. You may also spot 

warthogs snuffling about in the mud, and there’s an interesting self-guided forest walk through the adjacent Gogo River Bird Sanctuary. 


The Kenyan Coast

The Kenya Coast has charmed many a visitor to it's shores, where the warm Indian Ocean meets equatorial East Africa. Views of dhows sailing beyond the reef evoke images of trader's centuries old. The Indian Ocean monsoon winds are as influential today as they were hundreds of years ago when the sailors from as far away as China began reaching these shores. With the arrival of foreign influence came promise of prosperity, goods and charms as well as hardships and war. Kenya's coast has an immensely interesting and rich history - with many a reminder of bygone civilisations, cultures, and historical events to be seen scattered along her shores. The Kenya Coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with brilliant sandy white beaches, coral atols, mangrove forests, lagoons, creeks, remote islands, and secluded bays. Home to a vast array of marine and land flora and fauna. Beyond the white sands and coral reefs of the Malindi-Watamu coastline lie Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF) and Mida Creek. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is the largest remnant of a dry coastal forest which originally stretched from Somalia down to Mozambique. It therefore contains an unusually high number of rare and endemic species, including one Globally Endangered and five Globally Threatened bird species. Mida Creek harbours important mangrove forests with a high diversity of species. It is of international importance for some of the water bird species it supports, is a key spawning ground for several fish species and a feeding ground for young turtles. This makes it one of the most important regions for conservation in mainland Africa, and Mida together with Arabuko- Sokoke Forest .