Kenya is a country famous for being the birthplace for President Obama’s father, Barrack Obama senior. More than being the country that gave America her first African American president, Kenya is also famous for long and middle distance athletes.
There is wildlife, panoramic scenery, and a whole lot of other things a visitor can see and experience. The tropical climate is relatively comfortable during both the dry or rainy season.
Read on and pique your interest to see what Kenya has to offer.
Kenya might be on the equator, but there is the spectacular snow-capped Mount Kenya, that visitors can climb. The Great Rift Valley cuts a swathe across the length of the country, a remarkable seismic result that is truly magnificent to see.
There are many lakes and rivers in five different vegetation zones, including deserts and lush forests and sandy beaches.
Kenya is the best place to go and take a safari to observe wild animals living in their natural habitat, freely. You will see the largest mammal on land, the sauntering elephants while the so-called kings of the jungle, the lions snooze.
All the animals in the blockbuster movie, Lion King are from Kenya. There are hundreds of bird species, antelope and small critters.
The long coastline on the east border runs along the Indian Ocean. The beaches have stunning white sands and a coral reef protection that is perfect for snorkeling. The reef makes it difficult for sharks to come near the shore. Visitors can enjoy the shady palm trees that line the dunes.
Kenya got its independence from British colonialism in 1963, having been under English rule from the late 1890s. There had been trading between the coastal city of Mombasa and countries from the continent across the ocean.
Indian, Arab, and Chinese influences are interspersed all over the architecture, cuisine, and languages. Portuguese traders and explorers also left a famous landmark on Mombasa, Fort Jesus, built in the shape of a man, if you can get an aerial view of it.
After World War II, when the Europeans decided to partition Africa between themselves, the Jews got part of the rift valley to rebuild their Zion state. A few did come, but they eventually established Israel in its present location in the Middle East.
Christianity is the predominant religion. There are significant numbers of Muslims found all across the country, although many are along the coast.
There are other faiths, from the traditional tribes and Asians. The constitution allows full freedom of worship, and visitors will see that the faithful can practice in peace.
The steeplechase, the marathons, 800 meters, and many other running races are famous for having Kenyan participants, and champions. Most of the world is familiar with Kenya national anthem. However, there are a lot more sports adventures that visitors can enjoy.
Kenyans enjoy motor racing. There is the Safari Rally, where international competitors attend. The Rhino Charge is a charity event where the winning team has the shortest distance. There are water sports along the beach and in the lakes, from deep-sea fishing and surfing.
7. Cultural and Fun Events
The diverse cultures give visitors a chance to enjoy the Swahili culture in the Lamu Cultural Festival. Visitors will race dhows, donkeys, and eat traditional foods over several days. You can join in the annual Camel Derby in the desert, or, Lewa Marathon with giraffes. Alternatively, attend the picnic-style Blankets and Wines celebration of artistes.
Kenya is a beautiful place to visit for an adventure of a lifetime. The official languages are English and Kiswahili. There is WiFi connectivity in most areas, so communication with people back home will be straightforward. Enjoy the different cultures, and get a refreshing look at life.