Kenya – The Land, The People and The Animal
Kenya (/ˈkɛnjə/ or /ˈkiːnjə/), officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa that lies on the equator. With the Indian Ocean to its south-east, it is bordered by 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 land area of 580,000 km2 and a population of nearly 41 million, representing 42 different peoples and cultures. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa’s highest mountain peaks. Kenya’s capital and largest city is Nairobi.
Kenya has a warm and humid climate along its coastline on the Indian Ocean, which changes to wildlife-rich savannah grasslands moving inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a cool climate that gets colder approaching Mount Kenya, which has three permanently snow-capped peaks. The warm and humid tropical climate reappears further inland towards lake Victoria, before giving way to temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region. The North Eastern regions along the border with Somalia and Ethiopia are arid and semi-arid areas with near-desert landscapes. Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake (after Lake Superior in the US and Canada) and the world’s largest tropical lake, is situated to the southwest and is shared with Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse world-famous wildlife reserves such as Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park.
Kenya: The Tourism
The tourism sector has exhibited steady growth in most years since independence and by the late 1980s had become the country’s principal source of foreign exchange. Tourists, the largest number from Germany and the United Kingdom, are attracted mainly to the coastal beaches and the game reserves, notably, the expansive Tsavo National Park (20,808 square kilometers) in the southeast. Tourism has seen a substantial revival over the past several years and is the major contributor to the pick-up in the country’s economic growth. Tourism is now Kenya’s largest foreign exchange earning sector, followed by flowers, tea, and coffee. In 2006 tourism generated US$803 million, up from US$699 million the previous year.
Kenya: The People
Kenya has a very diverse population that includes most major ethnic, racial and linguistic groups found in Africa. The majority of the country’s population belongs to various Bantu sub-divisions, with a significant number of Nilotes. Cushitic groups also form a notable ethnic minority, as do Arabs, Indians and Europeans.
Kenya’s urban population is variedly fluent in their mother tongues and the two official working languages, English and Swahili. Peri-urban and rural populations are less multilingual, with many in remote villages speaking only their native language.
Kenya: Land, People and Animal
Kenya has a land area of 580,000 km2 and a population of nearly 41 million, representing 42 different peoples and cultures. With it diverse population and iconic animal such as elephant, tiger and lion – this county surely will capture your attention as one of the best tourist destination. In this post we will presenting one the most astonishing photography of Kenya, we hope you’ll like these. In your next journey, make sure you put Kenya in the list.
Kenya: The Land Photo
Kenya: The People Photo
Kenya: The Animal Photo