Point Lenana on Mount Kenya http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pt_Lenana_Mt_Kenya.JPG Chris 73
Kenya is a country in East Africa. It covers 580,367 sq km (224,080 sq mi) and is bordered by Somalia to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. Kenya has a coastline to the Indian Ocean to the southeast and to Lake Victoria to the west. The population of Kenya is about 40 million (2011 estimate). The capital and largest city is Nairobi.
Kenya ratified the World Heritage Convention on 5 June, 1991. As of August 2010, it has four World Heritage Sites, two in the cultural and two in the natural category. Kenya also has another y sites on the World Heritage Tentative List.
Sites in Kenya on the World Heritage Tentative List
Mombasa Old Town (1997)
Lake Nakuru National Park (1999)
Lake Naivasha (1999)
Lake Bogoria National Reserve (1999)
The Mijikenda Sacred Kaya Forests and groves (1999)
Great Rift Valley Ecosystem (2001)
The Historic Town of Gedi (2010)
The Mfangano-Rusinga Island Complex (2010)
The African Great Rift Valley - The Marakwet Escarpment Furrow Irrigation System (2010)
The Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Landscape (2010)
The African Great Rift Valley - Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site (2010)
Aberdare Mountains (2010)
The Eastern Arc Coastal Forests (Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and Shimba Hills National Reserve) (2010)
The Kakemega Forest (2010)
The Meru Conservation Area (2010)
Mount Kenya National Park/ Natural Forest / Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (extension) (2010)
The African Great Rift Valley - Hell's Gate National Park (2010)
The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara (2010)
The Tana Delta and Forests Complex (2010)
Tsavo Parks and Chyulu Hills Complex (2010)
National Parks in Kenya
Aberdare National Park
Amboseli National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Masai Mara National Park
Meru National Park
Mount Elgon National Park
Nairobi National Park
Shimba Hills National Park
Sibiloi National Park
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo West National Park
Nairobi, Kenya http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nairobi_skyline_P1000020.jpg Lmwangi
Kenya is three hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+3). Traffic is driven on the left, the same as in the United Kingdom. The official languages of Kenya are Swahili and English. The official currency is the Kenyan shilling (KES). The phone IDD code is +254. The electricity is 240V/50Hz.
Kenya has the biggest economy in the East and Central Africa. The estimated 2010 nominal GDP stood at $32.417 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of $887. The per capita GDP at purchasing power parity was $1,784.
Kenya was a German protectorate in 1885. When the Imperial British East Africa Company was established in 1888, it created friction with the Germans, until Germany handed over the coastal areas to Britain.
During World War I the governments of British East Africa and German East Africa managed to hammer together a truce, thereby keeping the colonies from warfare. The interior of Kenya was settled by British farmers who grew coffee and tea.
The Republic of Kenya was established on 12 December, 1964. As with many other countries in Africa, Kenya went through periods of political volatility, but perhaps less turbulent compared to some of its neighbors. The last election was deem fair by international observers, and the country appeared on its way in the direction of democracy.
Kit-Mikayi rock formation near Kisumu, Kenya http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kit-Mikayi.JPG Valerius Tygart
Planning your visit to Kenya
Visas are not required for visitors from Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the gateway to Kenya. It receives flights from neighboring cities as well as from London, Amsterdam and Mumbai.
Preparing Money for your trip to Kenya
The currency used in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).
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