Kenya: Kenya is the number one Safari destination in Africa. The abundance and diversity of wildlife including some iconic land marks and natural wonders leaves visitors wanting to return.
She’s located in the eastern part of Africa, bound by the Indian Ocean to its south-east, bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, southern Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. She gained her independence on the 12th of December, 1963. and was named after Mount Kenya, having a current population of over forty-three million (43,000,000) people. Kenya has the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa. Nairobi is her capital city and her official languages are English and Swahili.
Her climate is warm and humid, long rains occur from March/April to May/June while the short rains span from October to November/December. The hottest periods fall between February and March; coldest between July/August.
Kenya is endowed with rich savannah grasslands, lovely wildlife and so many beautiful sceneries pleasurable for observation. In the south-west of Kenya lies the infamous lake Victoria, which is the second largest fresh-water lake after lake Superior in the US and Canada. She (Kenya) is also famous for her safaris and diverse wildlife reserves, such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Nakuru National Park and Aberdares National Park, these amazing parks, coastal beaches and other natural landmarks makes Kenya one of the world’s most toured country, thus the massive number of emigrants that visit yearly from mostly Europe, Asia and many other parts of the western world. The tourism sector contributes about 63percent of the nations GDP.
The best time to take a tour through Kenya would be between June and September, when one would be availed the opportunity to behold one of the greatest wonders of the world, the infamous wildebeest and bovid migration. At this time, up to a million animals including the big-fives which are Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Rhinoceros and Elephants all migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
Agriculture is the second largest contributor to Kenya’s GDP; thus most of her people indulge in large scale/commercial and subsistent farming. Many others are hunters, and some others fish farmers. Products from the farms on the highlands are exported to raise income, such produce like Tea, Sisal, pyrethrum, corn and wheat. Cashew nuts, pineapples and sugarcane make up another set of crops grown majorly within her savannah regions within the north and east.
There exists a plethora of cultures and religions, with over 42 ethnic groups, but the vast majority of Kenyans are Christians. The Maasai culture is the most prominent, renowned for their elaborate upper body adornment and beautiful local made jewelry.
The people of Kenya are also lovers of sports, having a lot of records broken in athletics. People like David Rudisha, Tegla Loroupe, Catherine Ndereba, Paul Tergat, John Ngugi to mention but a few, are all Olympic and IAAF record holders.
Beautiful music, lovely meals, abundant wildlife, and amazing cultural heritage makes Kenya a delight, a place worthy of visit.