The call of the wild is much alive in the safari of Kenya. Here, you will find incredibly well protected and conserved wilderness and wildlife due to the passion and hard work of their rangers. Kenyans are all proud of their culture and their resources, and are a very diverse people. It is the home to some of the most well known ethnic groups in Africa, like the Swahili and Maasai. One of the stunning things about Kenya is how you may find deserts and safari, but also snow capped mountains and a beautiful coastline. Here, you will feel the vibrant spirit of Africa at its best
KENYA – IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING FACTS
- Mombasa is the second-largest city of Kenya with a population of over 1 million. It is particularly known for its warm and sunny climate, white beaches and coral reef diving.
- Kenya shares Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, with Tanzania and Uganda.
- Kenya features many national parks and wildlife reserves, with safaris being a popular activity for visitors. Some popular such as Nairobi National Park , Malindi Beach, Mount Kenya, Samburu National Reserve, Hell’s Gate National Park, Lamu Island, Tsavo National Park. Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National Park, and Masai Mara National Reserve.
- Kenya is named after Mount Kenya which is the tallest mountain in the country that measures 5,199 metres or 17,057 feet
- Hydroelectricity is the largest contributor to Kenya’s electricity supply.
- TheMasai Mara National Reserve is one of the top tourist attractions in Kenya and the country’s most popular game park. Each year the Masai Mara National Reserve is visited by thousands of tourists who come here to watch the exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest.
- Amboseli National Park is a relatively small park located close to the Tanzania border at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants.
- Lake Nakuru is a very shallow lake in central Kenya. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts vast quantities of lesser flamingos, sometimes more than one million at once. Often called the greatest bird spectacle on earth, the flamingos are one of Kenya’s top attractions.
- Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. Due to its size the park was divided into Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Tsavo National Park is the ideal destination in Kenya for people who seek solitude and privacy as well as the chance to explore the wilderness.
- Lamu Island is a part of Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago, and has managed to stay unspoiled and untouched by the mass tourism that has hit much of Kenya’s coastline. As the oldest living town inKenya, Lamu Town has retained all the charm and character built up over centuries. There are no roads on Lamu Island, just alleyways and footpaths, and therefore, there are few motorized vehicles on the island. Residents move about on foot or by boat, and donkeys are used to transport goods and materials.
KENYA – COOL, FUNNY AND FUN FACTS
- All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos can be found in Samburu National Reserve
- In Kenya they drive on the left-hand side of the road as it was colonized by the British.
- In terms of sports, Kenya is perhaps best known for its middle distance and long distance runners, with the country frequently producing Olympic champions.
- For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favorites are tea and beer.
- Kenyans usually drink their beverages hot or at room temperature.
- As part of the Kenya’s culture, there traditional Kenyan meals consist of barbequed meats, usually goat, and beans. Rice, fried doughs, and ugali (a cornmeal porridge), yams, and fruits are also often served.
- Kenya enjoys their popular sport which is Football (soccer).
- Kenyans celebrate holidays from many cultural and religious backgrounds.
- There are not only mud huts and grasslands in Kenya. There are also large cities.
- Kenya only has only two seasons – the rainy season and the dry season.
KENYA – HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FACTS
- Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.
- Some of the oldest known paleontological records of man’s history have been found in Kenya.
- Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, when the crust of the Earth was split.
- In 2004, Kenyan environmentalist Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the first African woman to do so.
- Treetops Hotel is where the then Princes Elizabeth of England was staying with her husband (the then Philip Mount batten, but now Prince Philip) when her father, the then King, died. So she technically became queen while in Kenya. Kenya still has a special place in the heart of the British royal family, and Prince Charles and his sons are frequent visitors.
- In 1941, Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the scouting movement, died in Kenya. He is buried in Nyeri, in the Mt. Kenya region, after spending much of his later life in Kenya.
- In 1985, Karen Blixen, author of many books, including “Out of Africa”, on which she have won the Oscar for filming her life based in Kenya. On her death, she was buried at her home, now named the “Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Center”. It is located in Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi.
- Louis Leakey, the famous archaeologist and anthropologist, who together with his wife Mary discovered Zinjanthropus (now called Austropithecus Boisei), was born in Kabete, near the capital city Nairobi. He was the mentor of famous scientists Dian Fossey (who worked with mountain gorillas and on whose life the movie “Gorillas in the mist” was based), and Jane Goodall (who works with chimpanzees).
- Homo Erectus, also called “Turkana boy”, predecessor of man, was discovered in the Koobi Fora national park, close to lake Turkana, by Louis Leakey’s son Richard. He is an accomplished archaeologist in his own right, having discovered his first fossil at the tender age of 6.
- In Kenya, the dowry is often the equivalent of five years of the groom’s expectable income, usually payable in post marital installments of livestock, bicycles and money.