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Kenya Information

Population: 32000000

Time Zone: GMT+3 hours

Driving side: Left-hand side

Languages: Swahili, English

Religion: Christian

Emergency #: 336886 or 501280 for all services.

Kenya Popular Destinations

Masai Mara National Reserve In a country blessed with an abundance of wildlife and nature reserves, this is the most popular for the visitor. Covering an area of 320 square kilometres and joining the Serengeti it's vast plains are teeming with Lions, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Zebra and Antelope. Named after the tribe that populate the area, who are allowed to hunt there, but do not bring your firearms, as they won't look too kindly on that.

Lamu Island Located at the northern end of the coast, this island paradise can be reached by Dhow (traditional boat) from the mainland. The Arabic influence is reflected in the islands architecture and is still populated mostly by Muslims. The narrow streets do not allow car access so there aren't any. There are a couple of museums, which give a good insight into the islands history and culture. Check the Donkey haven, sort of like an old age home for donkeys. Haven't mentioned the beaches and coral, the word Paradise sums it all up.

Nairobi The capital is a busy African city and downtown is easy to walk and contains some interesting museums. There is a lot of unemployment so the locals can get annoying or even mug you so be careful especially at night.

Mombasa Kenya's port on the east African coast is extremely humid in the summer and has a colourful history. The old town is full of Arabic influence as old wooden shops and ornate balconies are common sights. Fort Jesus lies at the harbour entrance and has been well fought over since the Portuguese built it in 1593.

Moving Around Kenya

Plane All the parks are well connected with airstrips, there are many small companies offering trips. Doubles up as a bit of a Safari as well.

Train Runs on time between Nairobi and Mombasa, although slow and fairly expensive.

Bus/Matatu (minibus) A good network of buses reach all areas of the country, but try to avoid the matatus as the driving leaves a lot to be desired and are well known for their accident rate.

Car The roads aren't the greatest and drives can be very long. Car hire is expensive here.

Taxi Shared taxi is usually the cheapest option, but you sometimes have to take a chance on the standard of driving.

Boat Take a traditional dhow trip up the coast from Mombasa to Lamu stopping at the many beach resorts along the way.

National festival and holidays

Jamhuri Day - December 12. A celebration of independence since 1963. If it falls on a weekend, there may be a day off on the following Monday.

Kenyatta Day - October 20. This day in celebration of all the heroes who died fighting for independence is named for the county's founding president, Jomo Kenyatta.

Madaraka Day - June 1. Celebrates the anniversary of self-government.

Useful Kenya Links

Kenya safari: wildlife holiday
A photo-illustrated travelogue of Kenya from the coast to the Masai Mara. It features a comparison of Kenya's most popular National Parks and game reserves, maps and health and safety advice.

Kenya Tours Directory- Kenya’s best travel & tours directory
The most comprehensive Kenya travel Search Engine and directory of Kenya travel tours and safaris operators, hotels & resorts, accommodation, beaches, Kenya airlines and all tour related stuff in Kenya.

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