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Hardly any other country stands for safari, impressive animal experiences and African joie de vivre as much as Kenya. No matter whether you enjoy a relaxing beach holiday, venture on adventurous expeditions or want to experience the wild animals of the savannah up close. The diversity of Kenya is breathtaking and has a suitable answer for every holiday wish.

Kenya is one of the most diverse and beautiful travel destinations in Africa, but we have to warn you: anyone who has been here easily becomes a repeat offender.

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Kenya – hardly any other country embodies our dream of wild and romantic Africa. Hardly any country is so loaded with prejudices and clichés and shaped the European image of Africa as much as Kenya. The East African country is much more than just a safari and beach destination and has a rich historical and cultural heritage. Fossil finds prove that in addition to Ethiopia, Kenya must also be seen as the cradle of humanity. In the course of time, today’s Kenya was shaped by a wide variety of peoples and cultures. The coast had had intensive contact with modern Europe, particularly the Portuguese, since the late 15th century. Like other African countries, Kenya was strongly shaped by the colonial era, with the difference that that Kenya became a settler colony due to its favorable geographical conditions and was therefore much more exposed to European influences. This and a far-sighted modernization policy after independence made Kenya today the most western and economically successful country in East Africa. For many, Kenya is still a model country for peaceful and progressive development in Africa. The country also looks back on one of the longest tourism traditions on the continent, which dates back to the colonial period. Kenya is of course famous for its heavenly beaches but also for its incredible abundance of wildlife. The annual herd migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara is just one of the breathtaking natural spectacles that Kenya has to offer. Mount Kenya is also the second largest mountain in Africa, which is only surpassed by Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. One of Kenya’s greatest treasures is its cultural wealth. In addition to the famous Maasai, over 40 different ethnic groups live here and have preserved their rich culture and traditions to this day.

Geography

Kenya is located in the heart of East Africa between 34 ° and 42 ° east longitude and 5 ° north and 5 ° south latitude. With an area of ​​582,646 square kilometers, the country is about one and a half times the size of the Federal Republic of Germany. Kenya borders Tanzania in the south, Uganda in the east, South Sudan and Ethiopia in the north and Somalia in the east. The 480 km coast of the Indian Ocean is located in the southeast. Kenya also has a small part of Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the African continent. The second large lake is Lake Turkana, which reaches as far as Ethiopia. There are some smaller volcanoes on its south bank. The highest point in Kenya is the summit of Mt. Kenya, which is the second highest mountain in Africa at 5,199 meters. The center of the country is from the Rift Valley, part of the East African Rift Valley. While the center and the entire west of the country have a highland character, the east of the country and the area around Lake Victoria is very flat. The two largest rivers are the Athi and Tana, about 625 and 700 kilometers in length. Kenya has a large number of national parks, most of which are located in the southern part of the country and in the center. The best known are Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo and Lake Naivasha. Most of Kenya is mainly characterized by savannas. The very dry north, on the other hand, often has a desert character, while forests make up only a small part of the landscape and are mainly found in the south and on the coasts. The Mau Forest northeast of Nairobi is still the largest indigenous forest in East Africa, even though he is at risk from overexploitation. There are several important rivers here.

Safety

Kenya is generally considered a safe travel destination. However, Kenya’s military engagement in Somalia has led to several terrorist attacks by the Islamist Somali group Al-Shabaab in recent years. Since foreigners were also damaged, Kenya’s reputation as a safe travel destination had suffered considerably. Travelers in Kenya should be aware of the potential danger of terrorist attacks and therefore avoid large crowds such as: at public celebrations or demonstrations. In larger cities and popular tourist destinations such as Diani Beach, the gap between rich and poor is often very large. Theft can therefore increase in these places. Avoid wearing eye-catching jewelry and leave valuables such as cameras, laptops or similar. do not lie unattended. Remember to always lock the door of your hotel room when you leave. To avoid robberies, you should not go for a walk alone after dark and avoid certain inner-city areas. In general, the Kenyans are considered to be very helpful and friendly and raids or violence against tourists are an absolute rarity. If you have any questions about your safety, just contact us and we will advise you in detail on this topic.

 

Society & Politics

Just over an estimated 40 million people live in Kenya, of which almost 20% live in Nairobi and the surrounding area. Mombasa, on the coast, is the second largest city in Kenya with almost a million inhabitants. Due to the low fertility of the soil, the north and northeast of Kenya are the least populated. Over 40% of all Kenyans are under 15 years old – a demographically secure structure that can also be found in many other African countries. In total there are over 40 different ethnic groups and 50 different languages ​​in the territory of the Kenyan state. The largest population groups are the Kikuyu, Kalendjin, Luo, Kamba and Somali. The famous Maasai make up just two percent of the total population. The special thing about Kenya is that it is home to three of the four large language families in Africa, which results in great cultural diversity. The majority of Kenyans (around 80%) are Christians, half of them Protestant. Most of the 15% Muslims traditionally live in the coastal regions in the east of the country. The prevailing Swahili culture extends almost across the entire East African coast. Indigenous African religions are practiced in Kenya by only about 1% of the population. The main languages ​​of communication are English and Swahili, the latter being spoken mainly on the coast. In contrast to the neighboring country Tanzania, it could not be fully established. Socially privileged Kenyans in particular place greater emphasis on speaking English. Kenya has been very stable since independence and, with the exception of minor unrest in the 2008 presidential election, can look back on a very peaceful history. Kenya also has a very strong economy, but unfortunately not everyone benefits from it. A clear gap between the city and the country is evident here. Education and healthcare also have major shortcomings. However, if you compare Kenya with the surrounding African countries, the picture is much more positive. In general, Kenya is seen as a beacon of hope and an engine for democratic and economic development in East Africa. Education and healthcare also have major shortcomings. However, if you compare Kenya with the surrounding African countries, the picture is much more positive. In general, Kenya is seen as a beacon of hope and an engine for democratic and economic development in East Africa. Education and healthcare also have major shortcomings. However, if you compare Kenya with the surrounding African countries, the picture is much more positive. In general, Kenya is seen as a beacon of hope and an engine for democratic and economic development in East Africa.

Infrastructure

The infrastructure in Kenis is relatively well developed. The development focuses primarily on the surrounding area of ​​Nairobi, the coast and the area around Lake Victoria. Most of the roads here are paved. But especially in the north and east of the country, the supply of transport, electricity and water is very poor. There is a train connection from Mombasa on the coast via Nairobi to Kisumu in the west of the country. Kenya’s mobile network is now quite well developed. Around 75% of all Kenyans have a cell phone. The payment service “M-Pesa” was also invented in Kenya, which enables users to send money without a bank account using their mobile phone. The connection to Europe, however, is somewhat prone to failure. It may be that SMS are not always put through. A reliable internet connection is usually only available in cities, and many hotels offer W-LAN access. As in other African countries, power outages often occur, mainly in rural areas. Most hotels have diesel generators, so you don’t have to sit in the dark. There are a total of 15 tarmac airports in Kenya. Medical care is one of the best in East Africa, although rural regions, particularly in the north and east, have limited access to it. In contrast, Nairobi has one of the most modern hospitals on the continent, and many shops, restaurants and hotels accept card payments. As in other African countries, power outages often occur, mainly in rural areas. Most hotels have diesel generators, so you don’t have to sit in the dark. There are a total of 15 tarmac airports in Kenya. Medical care is one of the best in East Africa, although rural regions, particularly in the north and east, have only limited access to it. In contrast, Nairobi has one of the most modern hospitals on the continent, and many shops, restaurants and hotels accept card payments. As in other African countries, power outages often occur, mainly in rural areas. Most hotels have diesel generators, so you don’t have to sit in the dark. There are a total of 15 tarmac airports in Kenya. Medical care is one of the best in East Africa, although rural regions, particularly in the north and east, have limited access to it. In contrast, Nairobi has one of the most modern hospitals on the continent, and many shops, restaurants and hotels accept card payments. There are a total of 15 tarmac airports in Kenya. Medical care is one of the best in East Africa, although rural regions, particularly in the north and east, have limited access to it. In contrast, Nairobi has one of the most modern hospitals on the continent, and many shops, restaurants and hotels accept card payments. There are a total of 15 tarmac airports in Kenya. Medical care is one of the best in East Africa, although rural regions, particularly in the north and east, have limited access to it. In contrast, Nairobi has one of the most modern hospitals on the continent, and many shops, restaurants and hotels accept card payments.

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