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Title: Kenya

Chapter 9
  • Kenya

  • Country name Republic of Kenya, Kenya
  • Capital Nairobi
  • Location Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian
    Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania
  • Border countries Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan,
    Tanzania, Uganda
  • Government type republic

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  • Population 31,639,091 (July 2003 est.) (note
    estimates for this country explicitly take into
    account the effects of excess mortality due to
    AIDS this can result in lower life expectancy,
    higher infant mortality and death rates, lower
    population and growth rates, and changes in the
    distribution of population by age and sex than
    would otherwise be expected)
  • Languages English (official), Kiswahili
    (official), numerous indigenous languages
  • Religions Protestant 45, Roman Catholic 33,
    indigenous beliefs 10, Muslim 10, other 2

  • GDP per capita purchasing power parity -
    1,100 (201st out of 231 in the world) (2002
  • Industries small-scale consumer goods (plastic,
    furniture, batteries, textiles, soap, cigarettes,
    flour), agricultural products processing oil
    refining, cement tourism
  • Currency Kenyan shilling (KES) (CIA, World Fact

Important Facts
  • Not among the top destinations in the world or in
  • 838.000 international tourist arrivals
  • 297 million international tourism receipts (WTO,
  • Coastline 536 km
  • Terrain low plains rise to central highlands
    bisected by Great Rift Valley fertile plateau in

  • Climate varies from tropical along coast to arid
    in interior (CIA, World Fact Book).

Selling Points
  • Game reserves, beaches, scuba diving, tribal
    culture, gambling, history, shopping, varied
    scenery, and golfing.

Game Reserves
  • the main attraction in Kenya is the game reserves
  • there are many parks, each has different animals,
    terrain, climate and accommodations with varying
    degrees of comfort.
  • methods of viewing animals vary minivans
    carrying 6 to 8 passengers planes hot-air
    balloons private or chauffeured jeeps.
  • Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo West are among the
    best parks, located south of Nairobi.

Masai Mara National Park
  • Bordering Tanzanias Serengeti National Park
  • offers a wide variety of animals to see including
    lions, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, giraffes,
    wildebeests, warthogs, baboons, hyenas, jackals,
    zebras, cape buffaloes, civet cats, eagles,
    cranes and storks
  • the park is large and can be toured by
    four-wheel-drive vehicle, small aircraft and
    hot-air balloon
  • tented camps are common for accommodation
  • the Mara plains (gorgeous landscape that provided
    material for Out of Africa)

Amboseli National Park
  • in the shadow of 5964 m. Mt. Kilimanjaro, in the
    neighboring Tanzania
  • the mountain makes a great backdrop for animal
  • the park has one of the few elephant herds in
    East Africa that is not decreasing in number

Tsavo West
  • covers 3900 sq km and is filled with crocodiles,
    elephants, baboons, antelope, giraffes and hippos
  • also lies within sight of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • some baobab trees are 1000 year old
  • at Mzima Springs, tourists can view animals
    (hippos) from a glass paneled underwater
    observation tank
  • there are two Hiltons in Tsavo West that share a
    private game park

Aberdare National Park
  • has diverse typology that includes waterfalls,
    rain forests and highlands
  • there are two country club hotels (Aberdare
    Country Club and Outspan Hotel) which have
    British-colonial ambience and tree hotels. Guests
    usually spend one night at the country club-type
    facility and the second night at the tree hotel.
    From those tree hotels, various animals
    (warthogs, birds, monkeys, elephants, bongo
    antelopes and leopards). The are is lit at night.

Mt Kenya National Park
  • the park consists of three terrains forest,
    alpine, and rocky peak
  • Mt Kenya is more than 5200 meters high, above
    3200 meters is designed as the game park
  • lions, elephants, antelope and leopards can be
    seen in the park
  • the principle hotel is the Mt Kenya Safari Club
    a formal place where men must wear a coat and tie
    for dinner

  • There are numerous lakes throughout Kenya that
    host rare and spectacular birds
  • Lake Naivasha (hippos, birds and fishing)
  • Lake Turkana (comorants and sacred ibises)
  • Lake Baringo (hippos, 450 species of birds, camel
    rides, tours of nearby tribal villages)
  • Lake Victoria (worlds second largest lake and
    the main source of water for the Nile River)

  • 145 km south of Equator
  • founded by the British
  • a modern commercial center
  • Attractions of the city are
  • The City Market (one of cleanest in Africa
    residents shop for tropical fruits, vegetables
    and meat)
  • Kenyatta Boulevard (shopping for handcrafts)
  • the National Museum (ethnographic,
    paleontological and ornithological displays)

  • the Arboretum (excellent collection of East
    African flora)
  • the university (architecture of the buildings)
  • Kenya Railway Museum
  • farm house of Karen Blixen the writer of Out of

Other Important Places
  • Mombasa
  • has been a trading center for centuries
    Persians, Turks, Indians, Portuguese, British
  • Ancient mosques, forts, museums, temples, narrow
    roads and markets, wood carvings and dhow trips
    with onboard entertainment (acrobats, fire
    eating, limbo, fashion shows) are attractions of
    the city
  • Malindi
  • on the Coral Coast,

  • place for coral reefs and beaches
  • destination for surfing, snorkeling, deep sea
    fishing and other water sports
  • The Malindi Marine National Park (has fine
    beaches, clear water and very colorful fish)
  • has beautiful narrow streets, post-colonial
    homes, trees and flowers

Things to Remember
  • Best way to see the country is by hosted or
    escorted tour
  • Street crime in Nairobi is a threat to travelers