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About Kenya

Lapped by the Indian Sea, straddling the equator, and with Mount Kenya transcending a radiant scene of forested slopes, interwoven ranches and lush savanna, Kenya is a luxuriously compensating spot to travel. Extraordinary verifiable figures, for example, Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway deified this nation. Out of Africa and different movies have romanticized and propagated the safari persona.
Comprehensively perceived as the home of safari, Kenya has plenteous untamed life and one of the most differently magnificent scenes on the landmass. Cabin safaris are commonly more affordable here than in Tanzania. Flying, versatile rose, strolling and horseback safaris additionally are accessible. A considerable lot of the private stores take into account a limit of 12-24 visitors in extravagance facilities and offer exercises not permitted inside the parks, for example, open vehicles, night game drives and accompanied strolls.
In the national parks you may see game in vehicles with rooftop hatches or pop-tops. Booking a safari with a private vehicle and guide is an incredible method to amplify the nature of your game-review understanding. Different exercises incorporate sight-seeing ballooning, mountaineering, scuba jumping, freshwater and remote ocean angling, and unwinding at seashore resorts.
Kenya’s untamed life territory is significant and incorporates the Masai Mara, a zone of creature relocation. Africa’s “Enormous Five” creatures are found in the nation, which are the panther, rhinoceros, lion, elephant, and bison. The national stops and holds are home to various creatures just as reptiles and winged creatures. The yearly relocation among June and September is a famous occasion for producers.
Kenya lies over the equator in East-Focal Africa, on the shore of the Indian Sea. Kenya imparts a portion of its travel industry assets to Tanzania (Masai Mara-Serengeti biological system) and furthermore with Uganda on Mount Elgon. Lake Victoria is shared between Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. The capital and business City are Nairobi. There are more than 40 distinctive ethnic gatherings in Kenya. Mount Kenya is the second most noteworthy mountain in Africa and the nation takes its name from the mountain.

Required clothing

For Nairobi and the coast: light-weight cottons and linens are advised. Warmer apparel is wanted in June and July,
while rainwear is recommended between March and June, and October and December.
For safari: Mild impartial tones are recommended. If you are traveling a luxurious lodge, pack a pleasant set of clothes for dinner is recommended.

Weather, Climate and Geography

Kenya has three types of climate: temperate subtropical climate in the west and southwest highlands (where Nairobi is located), hot and humid alongside the coast, and warm and dry in the north and east.

Nairobi is the capital and the greatest town in Kenya and experiences a subtropical highland climate. Sitting at 1,795 meters (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi’s evenings are cooler. The nice time to visit Nairobi is from June to August when the average excessive is round 23°C (73°F) and rainfall is at its lowest (although the sky is often cloudy). The period between January to February is also a proper time to go to Nairobi as it is sunny and warm, with a common high of 27°C (81°F). The quick rainy season from late October to December and from March to May have to be avoided.
Mombasa is a coastal town and the second-largest town after Nairobi, located along the Indian Ocean. This town has a tropical wet and dry climate. Avoid April and May as these are the wettest months and the location can be affected by flooding. The pleasant time to go to Mombasa is both July to September as sunshine is abundant, as properly as from October to March for aquatic activities.
Malindi, a town on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Galana River, is additionally situated alongside the Indian Ocean coast and is 120km (75 miles) northeast of Mombasa. Malindi has a tropical dry savannah climate. The cooler season from June to September sees the common high at 27/28°C (81/82°F), while the common high can reach 31°C (88°F) during the hotter season from November to March. With regards to rainfall, it is now not particularly abundant, as it only amounts to about 1,000 millimeters (40 inches) per year, however, there are two wet seasons: from April to June and October to November.
Masai Mara is an expansive sport reserve renowned for its wealth of flora and fauna and the Great Migration of wildebeest to and from the Serengeti each year. This region is positioned just south of the equator at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,900 meters (5,000 and 6,200 ft). The local weather is pleasantly hot all year round, averaging 23°C (73°F), although it is widely classified into two seasons – dry and wet. The dry season (late June to October) is quality for safari as wildlife is less complicated to spot given that the bush is much less dense, and animals gather around waterholes and rivers. During this period, the days are clear with sunny skies, with fewer mosquitos, and the average excessive is around 25°C (77°F). The wet season is from November to May with April being the wettest month, does result in lovely scenery, cheaper rates and new child animal sightings.

Kenya covers 580,367 sq. km (224,081 sq. miles) and sits astride the equator. It shares borders with Ethiopia in the north, Sudan in the northwest, Uganda in the west, Tanzania in the south and Somalia in the northeast. To the east, lies the 480 km (300 miles) Indian Ocean coastline. The country is divided into 4 regions: the arid deserts of the north; the savannah lands of the south; the fertile lowlands alongside the coast; and highlands in the west, the place the capital Nairobi is situated.
Northwest of Nairobi runs the Rift Valley, dotted with lakes and containing the city of Nakuru, while in addition west the Aberdare National Park is left out with the aid of Kenya’s best possible peak, and Africa’s second tallest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya (5,199m/17,057ft), which additionally is a national park. In the far northwest is Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolph), and in the southwest is Kenya’s share of Lake Victoria.

Did you know?

  • Kenya has 50 national parks and reserves.
  • There are over 60 languages spoken across Kenya but the official language is Swahili. The most common way to greet people is to say ‘Jambo!’
  • Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and second highest mountain in Africa.
  • Kenya has four national dishes. Ugali, Sukuma Wiki, Nyama Choma and Kachumbari.
  • The first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize was from Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai.
  • The national animal of Kenya is the East African lion.
  • Kenyan’s drink all of their beverages at room temperature. Many Kenyans don’t own refrigerators, so they keep their food products and drinks at room temperature.
  • Kenyans prefer to drink their beer at room temperature, or even warm, and wouldn’t consider drinking ice-cold beer!
  • There is no government-run public transportation system in Kenya.
  • Kenyans drive on the left side of the road.

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