About Kenya

Quick Facts

Magical Kenya

Official name: The Republic of Kenya

Official language: Kiswahili and English

Country Code: +254

Time zone: +3 GMT

Geography and climate

Location: Kenya is located in the East African region. It lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east.

Kenya Location

Surface Area: 580,367 km2

Climate: Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. 

Landscape: Kenya is geographically diverse, from snowcapped mountain peaks, extensive forests to wide savanna plains. 

Natural Attractions: Key geographical attractions include the Great Rift Valley, which features extinct volcanoes and hot springs, Mt. Kenya; Kenya’s coastline endowed with reefs and magnificent beaches and wildlife-rich savannah grasslands.

Cities/Towns/Counties

Capital City: Kenya’s capital city is Nairobi. It is the largest city in East Africa and the region’s Financial, Communication and Diplomatic Capital.

Nairobi is the only city in the world with a game park. Nairobi National Park is a preserved ecosystem where you can view wildlife in its natural habitat. Hotels, airlines and numerous tour firms and agencies offer tour packages for both domestic and foreign tourists visiting Nairobi and the park. The tourism industry provides direct employment to thousands of Nairobi residents.

Nairobi City

Major towns: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri.

Counties: 47

The People

Population: 41,800,000 (Economic survey 2014)

People: The Kenyan people are warm, hospitable and celebrated for their boundless generosity. Their resilience and hard working nature has greatly contributed to the country’s development.

Language: The Kenyan population is comprised of 42 ethnic groups, each with its own unique dialect.  Kenya is also a home to many other nationals who include Europeans, Americans and Asians.

The home of Marathon champions 

Since the 1960s, Kenya’s dominance in the middle and long distance marathons remains unchallenged. Kenya elite runners have dominated the major world marathons, like New York, Boston and Berlin. Kenya is home to world 800 meters record holder David Rudisha and twice Olympic 1500 metres champion Ezekiel Kemboi

In 2014, Kenyan Athlete won the New York City Half Marathon, the 2014 IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon championships in Copenhagen, London Marathon and Boston marathon.

Rich Heritage 

The richness of Kenyan culture that includes: art, music, dress, cuisine and sports is a great attraction to visitors. With 7 UNESCO heritage sites and a track record of cultural preservation of its 42 tribes, Kenya is truly a melting pot of African culture. All these diverse cultures have translated to a vibrant contemporary entertainment and art scene. Combined with other traditions, these forms of expression and lifestyle form an identity that is uniquely Kenyan

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The cradle of mankind

Kenya holds the world’s richest record of human pre-history, the longest and most complete record of human ancestry spanning over 27 million years and a rich fossil heritage stretching back over 100 million years into the dinosaur age. This is the largest and most-well documented collection of human related fossils that exists and is unmatched anywhere in the world.

Economy

Current GDP: KES. 3,797.9 Billion (Economic survey 2014)

Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)

Producer of quality flowers, tea and coffee

Kenya is the world’s largest producer and leading exporter of black tea. It is also ranked among the largest coffee producers in the world. Kenya is also the lead exporter of cut flowers to the European Union (EU)

Diplomatic and humanitarian capital

Kenya is the region’s diplomatic capital and home to numerous Non Governmental Organizations and Development Agencies which include the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA).

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