Why Kenya ?
Kenya exemplifies all that is Africa with its rich wildlife in a land of incredible geographical and cultural diversity. The beautiful East African country of Kenya derives its name from Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain peak in Africa.
The country straddles the equator stretching from fertile coastal plains along the Indian Ocean to the central highlands area, which is divided by the Great Rift Valley. Kenya’s coastal region is tropical whereas the interior is more arid with the highlands being considered one of Africa’s most successful agricultural regions. The coast of Kenya is ideal for beach holidays, boasting islands, sandy beaches and coral reefs while the interior holds desert areas in the north, incredible lakes, top wildlife reserves and towering mountains, including snow-capped Mount Kenya.
Kenya is recognised as the “Cradle of Humanity”, being famous for the significant Hominid fossils discovered by Dr Richard Leakey in the Great Rift Valley near Lake Turkana. It is said that these fossils are from our earliest ancestors and therefore earliest humans originated from this part of Kenya. The jewel of East Africa, Kenya covers some 580 367 sq km’s incorporating some of the world’s best game reserves teeming with wildlife and the Great Lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana. Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and Lake Naivasha, the highest Great Rift Valley Lake, are two of Kenya’s most popular tourist attractions.
Kenya’s reserves are famous for the large herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo, as well as the lion, elephant and giraffe inhabiting them. Kenya’s major wildlife attraction is the vast annual wildebeest migration in the southwest of the country. Here thousands of thundering hooves stampede across the open plains, migrating between the Masai Mara in Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to the south.
Kenya is a fascinating African destination in terms of its ethnic diversity, consisting of around 40 different tribes, the Maasai people being the most famous tribe. Despite the cultural diversity Kenyans have a strong sense of national identity taking pride in their struggle for independence from British rule, reached back in 1963.