Kenya is a country located in East Africa, bordered by South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, and Tanzania. It is a diverse country that offers a variety of landscapes and cultures. Kenya is known for its wildlife and safaris, its stunning beaches, and its vibrant cities. Here are the top 10 facts about Kenya that you should know.
1. The Capital of Kenya in Nairobi
Nairobi is also Kenya’s largest city. The oldest city in Kenya is Mombasa.
2. Kenya is a country in East-Africa
It shares borders with South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania.
3. There are lots of different climates across Kenya
Kenya has a very varied climate. It has cold snowy areas near Mount Kenya, areas with lots of forests and wildlife and also areas which are deserts.
4. Kenya is home to lots of wildlife
Kenya is home to lions, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Lots of these used to be hunted but now there are laws to try and protect them. It is no against the law to hunt protected species.
Endangered species like the white rhino live in Kenya as well as the world’s fastest land animal – the cheetah!
This is probably why it is one of the best places in the world to go on safari.
5. There are 68 different languages spoken in Kenya
There are over 60 languages spoken across Kenya but the official language is Swahili.
The most common way to greet people is to say ‘Jambo!’
6. It had the second highest mountain in Africa
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and second highest mountain in Africa (Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa).
It takes at least 4 days to climb Mount Kenya.
7. Lake Turkana in Kenya is home to a huge flamingo population
Lake Turkana is also the largest lake in Kenya and the world’s largest desert lake.
8. Most people in Kenya work in agriculture (farming and growing crops)
3/4 of people in Kenya work in agriculture. Kenya produces lots of tea and coffee beans which are used all across the world.
9. One of the most common foods is called Ugali
Ugly is a porridge made from maize, which is a type corn. It’s salty and similar to mashed potato but not as smooth. It is eaten with a stew of vegetables and meat.
10. The population of Kenya is over 53 million
This is slightly smaller than the U.K – our population is 67 million.
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