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Information about Kenya

Kenya's appeal lies in its unique combination of wildlife sanctuaries, glorious beaches, breathtaking scenery, agreeable climate, sophisticated accommodation. The people of Kenya are known for their hospitality and Kenya rivals anywhere else on earth with the biggest abundance of tourist attractions.

The numerous National Parks and National Reserves occupy an area much the size of Switzerland and about eight percent of Kenya's land surface.

Geographical Information about Kenya

The Republic of Kenya straddles the Equator; indeed, it is almost bisected by it. Its land area of 582,644 square kilometres is roughly the size of France. Its boundaries have scant regard for ethnic considerations and are the result of the sharing out of "spheres of influence" by the European powers in the 19th Century.

Kenya has four distinct geophysical features. As the people of Kenya would agree, the most impressive of these is the Great Rift Valley - the massive fracture in the earth's surface - and runs 5000 km from Jordan in the north to Mozambique in the south. Within the Rift Valley there is a necklace of eight lakes, some fresh and some alkaline where bird life is never less than stunning. The great concentrations of flamingo at Lake Nakuru, often numbered in millions, led the celebrated ornithologist, Roger Tory Peterson, to describe them as "the most fabulous bird spectacle on Earth". Scores of extinct volcanoes dot the floor of the Rift casting their shadows over the lakes and creating in places a savage lunar landscape.

The second geophysical information about Kenya worth mentioning is the central highlands. These spread like a giant green mantle around three mountain ranges which dominate central Kenya - Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and the Mau. This is an area of rich agricultural land and dense forests. The principal cash crops are coffee and tea but lately horticulture and floriculture have come to the fore providing fruit, vegetables and flowers for the supermarkets of Europe. Many of these crops are grown in smallholdings providing a mosaic of diverse greens. This is a region blessed with restful scenery, bracing air and ebullient people of Kenya.

A third region contains the vast arid and semi-arid areas in the north and east of Kenya which occupies nearly two thirds of the nation's land area. Served only by the most meagre rainfall these lands provide an existence for hardy nomads who number less than one twelfth of the national population of about 25 millions. The awesome, ruggedness of this terrain of thorn scrub, lava rock and scorching sand is punctuated by occasional forest-crowned mountain peaks such as Marsabit, Mount Kulal, Mount Nyiru and the Ndoto Mountains. These cloud forests, nurtured by mist rather than rain, are home to much wildlife; elephants carrying the largest ivory in East Africa are found on Marsabit Mountains.

The last of the main geophysical features is the coast littoral - a tract 480 km in length and which reaches inland between 16 and 30 km. Fringing the Indian Ocean are long stretches of idyllic, silver-sanded beaches shaded by waving palms. A coral reef runs almost the entire length of the seaboard creating a spectacular underwater world and protecting the shoreline and the inland waters from storm and shark.

This then, is Kenya, a land where nature was more than generous not only to the people of Kenya, but to those who visit her as well. For more information about Kenya, call us or send us an email today.

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