Facts About Kenya You Should Know Before You Go On Safari

Let's get some facts about Kenya!

Kenya is a country in Africa that has beautiful scenery and vast mountains. It shows a diversity of coastal waters, rivers, lakes, sandbanks, waterfalls and deserts. This land is known to have plants that are too numerous to mention and wild animals such as cheetahs, snakes, lions, hippopotamus, hyenas, rhinoceros and leopards.

There are over 65 wildlife preserves and national parks - you will see them on your safari in Kenya. Every zone's wildlife is distinct. If you map out twenty hectares of rainforest, you will find that this section will contain more bird species than all of Europe.

Facts about Kenya - Natural  beauty is everywhere A lot of Kenya's native flora cannot be found anywhere but in Kenya.  Kenyan culture represents a mixture of Indian, African and British influences. Kenya is located in the eastern part of Africa and borders the Indian Ocean between Tanzania and Somalia.

Here are the basic facts about Kenya every traveler should know:

Kenya is over two times the size of Nevada in the United States and occupies 582,650 sq. km.  Low plains give way to central highlands that are divided by the Great Rift Valley.  In the west lies a fertile plateau.  The lowest point of Kenya's elevation is the Indian Ocean which is at 0; the highest elevation is Mt. Kenya which rises up to 5,199m.

Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.

The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 17 metres) is 30.30 Celsius maximum and 22.40 Celsius minimum, the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 1,661 metres) 25.20 Celsius maximum and 13.60 Celsius minimum, Eldoret (altitude 3,085) 23.60 Celsius maximum and 9.50 Celsius minimum, Lodwar (altitude) 506 metres) and the drier north plainlands 34.80 Celsius maximum and 23.70 Celsius minimum.

There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.

The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.

The annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Masai Mara National Park in Kenya takes place between June and September. The migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and other species is nature's greatest spectacle on earth. The animal trek has been captured by filmmakers worldwide.

Kenyan people

More important facts about Kenya:

People and Culture
Kenyan people are very warm, hospitable and full of life. Kenya is very rich in culture due to the numerous tribes that have different traditions, cook different food and have some traditional dresses.

The national language is Kiswahili as well as 42 other ethnic languages.  The official language is English.

45% of the population of Kenya are Protestant, 33% are Roman Catholic, 10% are indigenous beliefs, 10% are Muslim and there is another 2% that has not been declared.

Capital City
Nairobi which has a population of approximately 2 million.

Major Towns
Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret.

Politics and Government
The Kenyan government is democratic with a multi-party system.  The President is both the Head of State as well as the Government. Executive power is exercised by the government, with powers shared between the President and a Prime Minister, who coordinates and supervises the cabinet. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly.The supreme law of the land is the Constitution.  It both establishes and determines not only the composition but the powers and duties of the main organs of government which consists of three branches - executive, legislature and judiciary.

Since it began holding democratic elections in 2002, Kenya has become more stable.  The last one in this list of facts about Kenya is ...

Make sure that you have your visa or passport at least 1-3 months before your expected departure to Africa. Make copies of these documents just in case you lose the original. Prior to your safari in Kenya you need to have a valid passport or document, flight tickets and accommodation reservations, money and updated immunizations.

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