Was named after Mount Kenya or ' Kirinyaga' the mountain of whiteness.
Kenya is part of East Africa, straddles the Equator and is on The Indian
Ocean. It covers an area of 583, 000sq km. Nairobi is the capital city
of Kenya. Nairobi [ Nyrobi in Maasai meaning of 'the place of cool waters'
is the highest city in East Africa - 1700m. It is also the most modern
and the fastest growing in the region with a population of approximately
3million. Mombasa is the coastal capital and the largest port in the East
country name: Republic of Kenya
Area: 583,000 sq km
Capital city: Nairobi
Other Cities: Mombasa and Kisumu
People: 25% Kikuyu, 15% Luhya, 13% Luo, 12% Kalenjin, 11% Kamba,
6% Kisii, 6% Meru, 16% other
Languages: English, Swahili, indigenous.
Religion: 40% Protestant, 36% Roman Catholic, 16% Muslim, 6% Animist
Government: Republic (multiparty state)
President: Emilio Mwai Kibaki
GDP per head: US$1525
Annual growth: 1.6%
Major industries: small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries,
textiles, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural processing, oil refining,
Major trading partners: Uganda, Tanzania, UK, Germany, UAE, South Africa
for the Traveler
All visitors require a visa except citizens of some Commonwealth countries
and citizens of selected countries such as Denmark, Germany, the Republic
of Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Sweden. Apply well
in advance for your visa - especially if doing it by mail.
Health risks: Malaria (except in Nairobi and high-altitude areas), cholera,
hepatitis, meningitis, mugging, typhoid, schistosomisis, HIV, Rift Valley
fever and yellow fever.
Time: GMT/UTC plus three hours
Weights & measures: Metric
Tourism: About 700,000 visitors per year
main tourist season is in January and February, since the hot, dry weather
at this time of year is generally considered to be the most pleasant.
It's also when Kenya's birdlife flocks to the Rift Valley lakes in the
greatest numbers. June to September could be called the 'High season'
as the weather is still dry and Low season begins in April and end in
May. During these months things are much quieter - places tend to have
rooms available and prices drop. The rains generally don't affect travellers'
ability to get around.
most spectacular annual event is organised by an unlikely group - wildebeests.
Literally millions of these ungainly antelopes move en masse in July and
August from the Serengeti in search of lush grass. They head south again
around October. The best place to see this phenomenon is at the Masai
Mara National Reserve. Kenya's more orthodox annual events include public
holidays such as Kenyatta Day (20 October) and Independence Day (12 December).