Kenya

Key Country Facts

Population: 46.05 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

Kenya is known for its athletic long distance runners in the Olympics, with a total of 93 Athletics medals won between 1964 and 2016.

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Mara River, Maasai Mara, Marafa Depression, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Other Information:

The top exports are tea, cut flowers, refined petroleum, coffee, and legumes

The capital of Kenya is Nairobi. About 46.05 million people live in Kenya (2015) and the main languages are Swahili and English. Kenya is primarily Islamic, though there are smaller Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Baha’i populations as well as believers in traditional religions. The top exports are tea, cut flowers, refined petroleum, coffee, and legumes. Kenya’s time zone is 7 hours ahead of EST.

Kenya is a haven for nature lovers, with a vast array of activities to choose from. It is also a huge tourist attraction because of the wildlife found there in such abundance.There is no shortage of nature reserves, forest areas, mountains, canyons, and other outdoor wonders to see. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an incredible place to visit because it is an elephant reserve for orphaned elephants being nursed back to health before being released back into the wild again. Visitors can only spend about an hour here per day between 11 and noon, making it a good trip to do right before lunch and afternoon activities.

Also wonderful to see is the Mara River and Maasai Mara, which hosts a huge array of wildlife. Definitely go with a guided tour to see as many sights as possible.

In Malindi, head to the Marafa Depression, also known as Hell’s Kitchen. The natural geologic formations here resemble the Grand Canyon in the U.S., and the views are truly spectacular. For travelers wanting to get out of the warm weather and experience a stellar hike, head up Mount Kenya and witness the mixture of volcanic rock and vegetation atop Africa’s second highest highest mountain. The nearby park around the mountain is a designed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An interesting fact is that Kenya is known for its athletic long distance runners in the Olympics, with a total of 93 Athletics medals won between 1964 and 2016. Also worth noting is that Kenya is financially split between living in poverty or being very wealthy, with no real middle class. Lastly, travelers should note that it’s usual to serve drinks at room temperature, so it is important to be aware of how or where drinks are prepared prior to being served them.

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