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East Africa – Interesting Facts About Kenya

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East Africa – Interesting Facts About Kenya

Kenya is located in East Africa. It is a leading tourist destination not only in Africa but also in the world. In fact, the concept of safari originated from Kenya. The stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, culture and friendly climate all year-round attracts visitors from many parts of the world. Kenya gained independence in 1963 from the British colonization with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta being the first President. Daniel Moi succeeded him after his death in 1978 until 2002. It is a democratic country with many political parties under the leadership of president Mwai Kibaki.

Kenya is a developing country with over 50 percent of the local people living under the poverty line. War, drought and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria have contributed to poverty, killing hundreds of people and young children each day. Corruption by the Kenyan leaders who hardly care about their poor parents, sisters and brothers have made the situation even worse. As a result, over 50 percent of the country population are illiterate.

Kenya is considered the candle of mankind. According to Archaeological research, the modern man first appeared in Kenya around Lake Turkana. Giant fossils were discovered along Lokitaung Gorge by a team of archeologists from National Museum of Kenya and the University of Utah in 2004.

Mount Kenya is the highest peak in the country and the second highest in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is the only Mountain in the country where there is permanent snow and ice. Other mountains include Mt. Elgon, Mt. Longonot and Ol Doinyo Orok mountain.

Many of the countries lakes are located in the Great Rift Valley. These lakes include; Lakes Naivasha, Oleidon, Nakuru, Turkana, Bogoria and Magadi. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and it is shared by the three East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). Lake Nakuru and Lake Oleidon are famous tourist destinations and home to millions of pink flamingo birds.

Kenya holds one of the world’s greatest wildebeest migration spectacle in the Masai Mara Game Reserve next to the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. There are many parks in Kenya where you will watch many wildlife species. This includes animals such as the lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, antelope among other wild animals. You will also see monkeys, birds, reptiles and many butterflies.

The Indian Ocean coastline in Mombasa, which is about 500 kilometers long attracts both the local and outside visitors. It is a good place to spend your holidays and relax on the white sandy beaches, swim or tour the Islands.

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