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About Kenya
Province: Cities and Towns:
Country : Kenya
Continent : Africa
Population : 44,037,656
Area : 581,309 sq km
Latitude : 1°16′S
Longitude : 36°48′E
Visiting Kenya

from WikiTravel

Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa. Its Indian Ocean coast lies between Somalia to the north east and Tanzania to the south. Its other surrounding countries are Ethiopia and South Sudan to the north and Uganda to the west.
 
Although foreign visitors are now a common sight in many parts of the country, there still exist vast areas off the beaten track where a white or yellow face will attract cries of "Mzungu! Mzungu!" (Kiswahili: "white person") from local children. Visitors to these areas should think especially carefully about the long term effects of their visit on the local community, and should for example avoid giving out sweets or money without restraint – playing with children, or talking to and helping villagers will yield far better results than merely giving out handouts.
Hominid fossils of significant scientific interest have been found in the Rift Valley area, and it is widely believed that this area of Africa is where the human species originated from.
 
Kenya has 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 country receives a great deal 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. Also, given that Nairobi is at a high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August. The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coldest from July to August.
 
It's always a good idea to check with the weather forecast, as this can help you plan in advance.
 
The annual animal migration - especially migration of the wildebeest - occurs between June and September with millions of animals taking part. It has been a popular event for film makers to capture.
 
REGIONS OF KENYA
  • Northern Rift Valley 
  • Southern Rift Valley 
  • Coastal Kenya 
  • Eastern Kenya 
  • Western Kenya 
 
MAJOR CITIES
  • Nairobi — The capital city and economic centre of Kenya
  • Garissa — A predominantly Muslim town in the east close to Somalia
  • Kabarnet — Gateway town for Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria
  • Kisumu — The major town of the west, on the shore of Lake Victoria
  • Lamu — Main town of the Lamu Archipelego
  • Lodwar — In the north on the main route to South Sudan with access to Lake Turkana
  • Malindi — The landing point of Vasco Da Gama in Kenya
  • Mombasa — Historic port on the Indian Ocean seafront and probably Africa's longest continuously settled town
  • Nakuru — Lake Nakuru National Park and an active volcano
  • Eldoret — The training spot of long distance athletes
 
OTHER DESTINATIONS
  • Aberdare National Park — cool and cloudy Rift Valley park with lots of large game, and over 250 species of bird recorded
  • Amboseli National Park — a swampy lowland Masai park that is one of the best places anywhere in Africa to view large mammals
  • Lake Nakuru National Park — a stunning 400 species of bird have been recorded here including the largest flocks of Flamingos anywhere on earth
  • Lake Elementaita — One of the smaller lakes in the Great Rift Valley recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. scenic and rich in bird life.
  • Masai Mara National Park — probably the most popular reserve in Kenya due to the high concentration of large cats
  • Mount Kenya National Park — challenging trekking on high peaks
  • Nairobi National Park — virtually in Nairobi and a great option to see large game for those on a tight schedule
  • Tsavo East National Park — major game park on the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa
  • Tsavo West National Park — popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River.
  • Meru National Park - It has a wide range of wild beasts like elephant, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros and some rare antelopes.
  • Shimba Hills National Park
  • Sibiloi National Park - listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of Lake Turkana National Parks.
  • Mount Elgon National Park