Kenya is a country in East Africa. Its coast of the Indian Ocean lies between Somalia to the northeast and Tanzania to the south.
Its other surrounding countries are Ethiopia and South Sudan to the north and Uganda to the west.
Kenya is the most powerful economy in East Africa and also a middle-income country with a rapidly growing middle class. However, it is still a developing country, so certain aspects of the country’s society and infrastructure can be a shock to some visitors. from developed countries that are not familiar with the quality of life that many Kenyans experience. Socioeconomic inequalities are also observable, with many middle-to-high-income Kenyans living with moderately well-off lifestyles, while many other low-income Kenyans live in misery.
Although composed of many different ethnic groups and tribes, Kenyans have a strong sense of national pride that may be due in part to unity in the struggle for Uhuru (Kiswahili: “freedom”): independence from the British colonial government, achieved in 1963 The majority Kenyans seem optimistic about the future of the country. It is understandable that Kenyans pursue the commercial opportunities offered by tourism with a zeal that can be discouraging for some visitors, but that are generally open, communicative and friendly once business issues have been resolved.
Although foreign visitors are now a common sight in many parts of the country, there are still vast areas off the beaten track where a white or yellow face will attract cries of “Mzungu! Mzungu!” (Kiswahili: “white person”) of local children. Visitors to these areas should think with special care about the long-term effects of their visit to the local community and, for example, avoid handing out sweets or money without restrictions: playing with children, or talking to and helping villagers will yield results Much better than simply handing out brochures.
Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by altitude. It is warm and humid on the coast, temperate in the interior and very dry in the northern and northeastern parts.
Kenya receives a lot of sunshine throughout the year and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is generally good at night and early in the morning. In addition, because Nairobi and many highland cities are at high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August, with temperatures that sometimes fall into a single-digit territory (celsius).
The long rain season occurs from April to June. The season of short rains occurs from October to December. The rain is sometimes heavy and often falls in the evenings and nights. The warmest period is from February to March and the coldest from July to August.
It is always a good idea to check the weather forecast, as this can help you plan ahead.
The annual migration of animals, especially wildebeest migration, occurs between June and September with the participation of millions of animals and has been a popular event for filmmakers to capture.
- Aberdare National Park: fresh and cloudy Rift Valley Park with many large games and over 250 registered bird species
- Amboseli National Park: a marshy lowland Masai park that is one of the best places in Africa to see large mammals
- Hell’s Gate National Park: a small national park near Nairobi, which allows you to get out of the car and offers good opportunities to climb and play.
- Nakuru Lake National Park: impressive 400 bird species have been recorded here, including the largest flocks of flamingos on Earth.
- Lake Elementaita – One of the smallest lakes in the Great Rift Valley recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Scenic and rich in birds.
- Masai Mara National Park – probably the most popular reserve in Kenya due to the high concentration of big cats
- Mount Kenya National Park: challenging trekking in high peaks
- Nairobi National Park – practically in Nairobi and a great option to see great games for those with a tight schedule
- Tsavo East National Park – main playground on the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa
- Tsavo West National Park – popular destination due to its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing and guided walks along the Tsavo River.
- Meru National Park: has a wide variety of wild beasts such as elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, black rhinos and some rare antelopes.
- Sibiloi National Park – cataloged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the National Parks of Lake Turkana.