Kenya is a country located in East Africa, bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and the Indian Ocean. It is made up of 47 counties and has many different tribes. The official languages of Kenya are Swahili and English. The country is the 48th largest in the world by total area and its capital city is Nairobi, though the first capital was the coastal city of Mombasa. Kenya has several international airports, including Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Eldoret International Airport, Moi International Airport, and Kisumu International Airport, as well as smaller airports such as Wilson, Isiolo, Manda, Wajir, and Malindi. The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. The country’s economy is largely supported by agriculture and tourism, as it has diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes that attract visitors year-round. Kenya is home to many notable writers, including Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, known for his books about the independence struggle and its impact on politics and culture.
One of the world’s Seven Wonders, the Great Migration, takes place annually in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. During this event, over 2 million ungulates migrate to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The equator passes through Kenya horizontally and the eastern arm of the East African rift valley divides the country into the Mau escarpment and Aberdare ranges. Kenya is home to several lakes, including Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Lake Turkana, Lake Magadi, and Lake Baringo.
Kenya’s abundant wildlife can be seen outside of designated areas such as national parks, reserves, and sanctuaries. For example, the Nairobi-Nakuru highway is home to baboons and zebras. In many game parks, visitors can see the “Big 5” animals: lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos, and elephants. Lake Nakuru is known for its pink flamingos, and the country has beautiful white sand beaches in the towns of Lamu, Malindi, and Mombasa. Kenya is also home to the first and second highest mountains in Africa, Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, respectively, as well as the volcano at Mount Longonot. Out of the country’s 54 national parks, some of the most popular among tourists are Tsavo East and West, Nairobi, Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Shimba Hills. Unique wildlife species found in Kenya include the Sitatunga antelope at Saiwa Swamp National Park, the Aardwolf, and the ring-necked parakeet.
There are many unique attractions to visit in Kenya, such as the Kisumu Museum, Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Nairobi National Museum, Lamu Old Town, the David Shedliff Wildlife Trust Nairobi Animal Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, and the Karen Blixen Museum. AA Safaris offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy while in Kenya, including wildlife safaris, hot air balloon safaris, ice skating, art collection and shopping, mountain climbing, hiking, cultural and community tours, relaxation at the beaches, city tours, white water rafting and kayaking on Lake Tana, and biking.