Adventure travelers will discover vast savannahs with an impressive wildlife and snow-capped equatorial mountains. Kenya is also the lush, palm-fringed coastline of the Indian Ocean, the Great Rift Valley that once threatened to tear the continent asunder, andthe dense forests reminiscent of the continent’s heart. Kenya is considered as a symbole of tourism in Africa. The abundance of Kenya's wildlife owes everything to one of Africa's most innovative and successful conservation communities.
Kenya is known by the presence of the Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, Swahili and Kikuyu. These peoples whose histories and daily struggles tell the reputation of a Kenya and of Africa. They struggle to maintain traditions as the modern world crowds in and fight daily for survival in some of the harshest environments on earth, the ancient tension between those who farm and those who roam.
Important cities: Nairobi, Garissa, Kabarnet, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi, Mombasa
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
Visa policy: Link
Area: 582,650 km2
Languages: English, Kiswahili
Mobile Phone: Local SIM cards are available from Kenyan mobile-phone companies such as Safaricom, Airtel or Telkom.
Country code: +254
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz
Internet TLD: .ke
Time Zone: UTC+3
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel
Description: Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by altitude. It's hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the north and northeast parts. Kenya receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. Also, because Nairobi and many highland towns are at a high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August with temperatures sometimes dropping into single digit territory. The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coldest from July to August. The annual animal migration - especially migration of the wildebeest - occurs between June and September with millions of animals taking part and has been a popular event for film makers to capture.
When should you go: For birdwatching, adventure travelers should go on November and december. The best times for safaris, wildebeest in the Mara and wildlife watching are from July to October, January and February.