Facts About Kenya
Kenya lies between Somalia and Tanzania, with the Indian Ocean running along its southeast border. The country stands bordered by Ethiopia in the north, Somalia in the east, Tanzania in the south, Uganda in the west, and Sudan in the northwest. The Kenyan Highlands form one of the most successful agricultural-production regions in Africa.
The geography of Kenya is made up of a varied assortment of coastal waters, sandbanks, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and deserts. To know more about Kenya, make use of the information provided in the following lines:
- The official name of Kenyais the ‘Republic of Kenya'.
- Kenya has been named after Mount Kenya, a very significant landmark in the country.
- English and Kiswahili are the official languages of Kenya. Apart from that, a number of indigenous languages are spoken here.
- Majority of the people in Kenya are Protestants, followed by Roman Catholics, indigenous believers and Muslims.
- The ethnic groups in Kenya include Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin, Kamba Kisii, Meru and other Africans and non-Africans.
- The currency of Kenya is Kenyan shilling.
- The capital of Kenya is Nairobi.
- Kenya follows the system of Parliamentary republic.
- Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in December 1963.
- Kenya is the regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa.
- Kenyan railway system comprises of 2,085 km of one meter gauge single track.
- Kenya's main port is situated at Mombasa, an island that boasts of being home to the deepest natural harbor in Africa.
- Some of the oldest known palaeontological records of the history of mankind on earth have been found in Kenya.
- Mount Kenya is the largest mountain in Kenya and the second highest mountain in Africa.
- There are numerous safari parks in Kenya.
- The main cities of Kenya include Nairobi (the capital), Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldorte and Nakuru.
- The Great Rift Valley of Kenya was formed twenty million years ago, by splitting of the earth's crust.
- The Flame Trees of Thika, a book by Elspeth Huxley's book, is based on the author's childhood that was spent in a coffee plantation in Kenya.
- Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, was born in Nairobi.
- Kenya is a member of the Commonwealth.
- Professor Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist, was the first African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize, in 2004.
- Lake Turkana National Park and Mount Kenya National Park of Kenya are World Heritage Sites.
- The most popular sports in Kenya are cricket, track and field, box, soccer, volleyball, rugby, tennis and field hockey.
- Kenya only has only two seasons - the rainy season and the dry season.