interesting facts about Kenya

21 Interesting Facts about Kenya

Kenya is celebrated for its scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife, drawing tourists from around the world with its reserves and safari parks.

The local Kenyan people are diverse, friendly and welcoming, willing to share their culture and heritage to eager tourists.

Learn more about this colourful country with these 21 interesting facts about Kenya.

  1. Kenya is a wildlife-rich country in East Africa.
  2. It is bordered by Sudan to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south and Uganda to the west. It also has a coastline along the Indian Ocean to the southeast.
  3. The coordinates for Kenya are 1.2667° S, 36.8000°
Facts of Kenya

Flag of Kenya

  1. The terrain here consists mostly of low plains, with central highlands and fertile plateau in the west. The land here also features deserts, forests, mountains and swamps!
  2. The total land area of Kenya is 224,081 square miles (580,367 square kilometres).
  3. Kenya’s population was 51.39 million in 2018.
  4. A country steeped in culture and tradition, there are more than 40 tribes in Kenya, many with their own dialect and style of music!
  5. The oldest stone tools were discovered in Kenya – they date back an incredible 3.3 million years!
  6. It is still commonplace for a dowry to be paid by an expectant groom to the bride’s family. This usually consists of cows and must make up around 5 years worth of the groom’s expected income!
interesting facts about Kenya

Parklands, Nairobi, Kenya

  1. The capital is Nairobi which covers an area of 269 square miles (696 square kilometres) and has a population of 4,397,073 million (2019).
  2. The average life span here is 65.91 years (2017).
  3. The climate varies throughout the country, with the coastal region experiencing a tropical climate, whilst the rest of the country is semiarid to arid.
  1. There are only 2 seasons in Kenya; the rainy season is from November until May, whilst the dry season is from June until October.
  2. A country famous for safari tourism, it is possible to see elephants, zebras, cheetahs, lions, hippos, rhinos, giraffes and many more animals in their natural habitat here.
  3. Apparently, Kenyans often drink beverages that are either hot or at room temperature, but rarely cold!

Facts about Kenya

  1. Despite coffee being a major export of Kenya, locals prefer to drink tea or beer… all the more for us coffee lovers!
  2. The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili, although many indigenous languages are spoken here, too.
  3. The Kenyan Shilling is the official currency here.
  4. Kenya grows tea, coffee, wheat and corn, rears cattle, produces dairy products and catches fish.
  5. Its industry consists of tourism, small-scale consumer goods, oil refining and agricultural product processing.
  6. Kenya also exports tea, coffee, horticultural products, petroleum products and fish.

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