An Overview Of Kenya For Travelers
enya is stunningly England controlled the country
beautiful African country and developed the area. Kenyans
that has seen its share of were not allowed to participate
good and bad times. If you are in government, much like South
traveling to Kenya, the following Africa. As you might expect,
information will give you a head Kenyans rebelled and eventually
start. became independent on December
12, 1963. The Kenya People’s
An Overview of Kenya for Union then became the only
Travelers political party and ruled until
2002. In October 2002, the
Kenya is a crossroads country in National Rainbow Coalition
Africa, which means a little bit dominated elections.
of various African countries
reside there. More than 40 Following independence, Kenya
languages are spoken and as many continued to grow economically
as eleven different ethnic groups and the standard of living was
can be identified. The religious the envy of much of Africa.
breakdown is also very diverse. Unfortunately, corruption threw a
Despite this variety, the country wrench in the proceedings the
has a fairly harmonious country has suffered from a
existence. The national slogan is lurching economy for the last 15
harambee which loosely translates years. In 2003, the country
to lets pull together. turned things around and things
have generally improved since
Compared to other sub-Saharan then.
countries, Kenya has historically
been advanced in infrastructure Kenya covers 224,960 square miles
and general living standards. and is slightly smaller than
During the colonial period, Texas. The capital is Nairobi.
Kenya rises from a low coastal Luhya 14 percent, Luo 13 percent,
plain on the Indian Ocean in a Kalenjin 11 percent, Kamba 11
series of mountain ridges and percent, Kisii 6 percent, Meru 5
plateaus which stand above 9,000 percent. Religious break down is
feet in the center of the Indigenous beliefs 10 percent,
country. The Rift Valley bisects Protestant 40 percent, Roman
the country above Nairobi, Catholic 30 percent, Muslim 20
opening up to a broad arid plain percent. Languages include
in the north. Mountain plains English, Swahili, and more than
cover the south before descending 40 local ethnic languages. The
to the shores of Lake Victoria in literacy rate is 65 percent and
the west. The climate varies from life expectancy is 49 years of
the tropical south, west, and age.
central regions to arid and
semi-arid in the north and the As this brief overview reveals,
northeast. the country suffers the economic
problems of many countries in
The people of Kenya are known as Africa. That being said, it is
“Kenyans.” Total population is 30 beautiful place that will
million and growing at 1.7 hopefully overcome such hurdles.
percent a year. Ethnic groups It is definitely a place you will
break down as Kikuyu 21 percent remember visiting.
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