Kenya Travel Info- Country Facts, Economy, Culture
There are 3 cities in Kenya namely Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu with Nairobi as the capital city. Christianity is the dominant religion. There is also a large Muslim and Hindu communities. Kenya is one of the most popular destinations in the world as no other country on earth can offer the visitor as much to see and do.
Kenya is the jewel of East Africa, revered as the "cradle of humanity", Kenya is a land with amazing landscapes: sand beaches, emerald water, and coral reefs in the coast; desert areas in the north, memorable mountainscapes such as the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya (the second highest peak in Africa). There are also many brilliant lakes, including Lake Victoria and Lake Naivasha.
Kenya's total conservation area is 44,359 sq. km of the total area. The main parks are Aberdares, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Meru, Mt. Elgon, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, Tsavo East and West, Hell's Gate etc. The country has over 400 historical sites ranging from prehistoric fossils and petrified forests, to 14th century slave trading settlements, Islamic ruins and 16th century Portuguese forts. There are two major marine parks namely Mombasa and Malindi. There are over 80 major animal species ranging from the big five down to the tiny antelopes. There are also over 1,500 species of birds in Kenya. Some of these are found in the 60 important bird areas in the country.
It is famous for its incredible landscape (scenic beauty), savanna rich with magnificent wildlife (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard etc), diverse cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snowcapped mountains, an exotic history and fascinating modern culture, and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation and so much more than you ever expected.
Subsistence farming and the barter of goods formed the foundation of the Kenyan economy in the early days of independence. Agricultural exports, mainly tea and coffee, brought in substantial income from foreign exchange. With democracy newly established, the Kenyan government began to promote a mixed economy composed of both privately-owned and state-run businesses. These attempts to diversify the economy meant increased stability, employment, and overall economic growth during the first ten years of independence. A substantial amount of foreign investment further supplements economic growth.
There are more than 70 tribal groups among the Africans in Kenya. Distinctions between many of them are blurred - western cultural values are becoming more ingrained and traditional values are disintegrating. Regardless of these influences though, each group has left its mark on the civilization of today and creates one of the most fascinating cultures in the world.
English and Swahili are the languages taught throughout the country, but there are many other tribal languages. These include Kikuyu, Luhia, Luo and Kikamba as well as many other minor tribal tongues. It is useful for the traveler to have a basic knowledge of Swahili, especially outside the urban areas and in remote parts of the country.
Most Kenyans outside the coastal and eastern provinces are Christians of one sort or another, while most of those on the coast and in the eastern part of the country are Muslim. Muslims make up some 30% of the population. In the more remote tribal areas you'll find a mixture of Muslims, Christians and those who follow their ancestral tribal beliefs.
Kenyans love to party, and the music style known as benga is the contemporary dance music that rules. It originated among the Luo people of western Kenya and became popular in the area in the 1950s.
Now in the late 1900, early 2000 Kenya's hip hop scene has really taken off. Only a few years ago, it was unthinkable for a Kenyan to earn any money, let alone earn a living from the trade. Well brace yourself, Kenya’s hip hop scene is among the most vibrant in Africa....and with a rapid rise in its popularity, both in Kenya and worldwide, this hip hop scene will only get better.
The national dish of Kenya is a cornmeal mush called Ugali. It is cornmeal cooked with water to a thick consistency and poured out onto a board or plate for everyone to eat from. Green vegetables are important to the African diet. In Kenya, collard greens are both cheap and popular. The dish sukuma wiki literally translates to "stretch the week." True Swahili cuisine is best found at the coast.
Beer drinkers are well supplied in this country. Kenyans love their beer almost as much as their dancing and there's a thriving local brewing industry.