Kenya is one of the world’s leading safari destinations.
You’re sure to channel your inner David Attenborough with endless up-close wildlife encounters. It’s where you’ll find Africa’s second highest mountain, and it’s home to one of the world’s most visible natural cycles; the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Here are ten facts that will get you keen for Kenya.
1. Close encounters with the Big Five
The Big Five was originally used by game hunters to describe Africa’s hardest animals to hunt. These days, laws have been introduced in most African countries to protect the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white species of rhinoceros and the African leopard.
2. Hunting is illegal in Kenya
It is a criminal act to hunt any protected animal in Kenya.
3. No traffic jams on Lamu Island
Kenya’s Lamu Island, located off the northeast coast, is car-free.
4. You can witness the result of earth splitting force
The Great Rift Valley was formed more than 20 million years ago.
5. Breaking world records in running
Kenya’s Kalenjin tribe has been dubbed ‘the running tribe’ for its unbelievable ability to spawn world record breaking runners.
6. Kenya is also home to the fastest land animal
The cheetah is the fastest moving animal on land in the world, with speeds recorded up to 120 kilometres per hour.
7. The country of languages
There are 68 different languages spoken in Kenya. The official language is Swahili.
8. Kenya is the world’s leading safari destination
The World Travel Awards recognised Kenya as the World’s Leading Safari Destination in 2017, winning the award three years in a row.
9. Masai Mara Nature Reserve
Masai Mara Nature Reserve is best-known for the Great Wildebeest Migration when, every year, more than a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem.
10. It has the second-highest mountain in Africa
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest (after Mt Kilimanjaro) in Africa.
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