Country Description - Kenya


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Country Description - Kenya

  1. 1. EAST AFRICA: KENYA Capital: Largest city: Languages: Demonym: Currency: Calling code: Nairobi Nairobi Swahili and English Kenyan Kenyan shilling (KES) +254 At 580,367 Kenya is the world's forty-seventh largest country. It lies between latitudes 5°N and 5°S, and longitudes 34° and 42°E. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya has a reputation for being a remarkable breeding ground. Anthropologists recognize it as one of the birthplaces of humankind; in the West, it’s also known as the country where Barack Obama’s father and numerous marathon winners were born. But Kenya is also growing as a center of commerce in East Africa. For both business trips and leisure travel, Kenya has much to offer its visitors. In addition to the famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, in southwestern Kenya, where safari aficionados can view lions, giraffes, and zebras from the comfort of a jeep, the country allows its guests the chance to explore amazing beaches and city life. Massai park Sunset Flag
  2. 2. EAST AFRICA: KENYA We recommend taking a few weeks to explore Kenya: from the bustling streets of Nairobi to the coastal peacefulness of Mombasa and the intriguing and eye-opening landscapes of safari reserves, Kenya is one of Africa’s jewels. As Kenya’s capital and its most populated city, Nairobi is teeming with activities, foods, and naturally beautiful phenomena. Whether you are looking to go shopping in a mall or an outdoor market, eat traditional Kenyan cuisine or game meat, hike in a game reserve, or roam the busy streets of East Africa’s largest city, Nairobi is worth a few days of your time. Masai Mara Game Reserve offers you a one lifetime experience to see the amazing Big Five game: lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, and black rhinoceros right in front of you during a safari. “Big Five” is a traditional hunting term that refers to the five animals most difficult to hunt; given their aggressive nature (game hunting is largely illegal in Kenya). You also have the opportunity for viewing the wildebeest migration or even just to see the beauty of the Mara from July. Mombasa’s (LINK TK) Fort Jesus stands at the crossroads of the city’s tangled history with Europe and the Middle East. The Portuguese built this stronghold in 1593 and spent the next hundred years fighting with the Arabs to maintain control. When the British ruled Mombasa, the fort was turned into a prison, and in 1958 the area was made a national park. The architecture is worth gazing at, the museum has centuries-old artifacts, and the fort is a great jumping-off point for a trip into Old Town. The second-highest mountain on the entire continent of Africa, Mount Kenya is located in the central region of the country. While reaching its summit requires some prior mountaineering experience, many lesser peaks and beautiful glaciers are accessible by hiking paths. The country also hosts many beautiful parks, the Great Rift Valley and natural flora.