Travel to Kenya
Get in an have a look at the frequently asked questions to learn interesting facts about Kenya:
1. What is the origin of the word Kenya?
The country got its name from Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and the second highest mountain peak. The origin of the name is not clear, but perhaps originates to Kikuyu, Embu and Kamba words meaning “God’s resting place” in all three languages.
2. What are some interesting facts about Kenya?
Kenya is located in East Africa on the equator.
The population of Kenya was estimated to be around 43 million.
Kenya is officially a Republic.
The capital and largest city is Nairobi.
3. What is the culture of Kenya?
The country has about 40 different ethnic groups (most importants ones are the Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin tribes, Luo, Kamba, Somali, Kisii, Meru & Embu, Mijikenda, Turkana and Maasai) who speak all different mother tongues.
4. How poor is Kenya?
Kenya’s prospects for long-term growth are the best in East Africa, although Tanzania recently seems to have overtaken Kenya. Almost half of the country’s 43 million people live in poverty or are unable to meet their daily nutritional requirements.
5. Which animals live in Kenya?
Giraffe : Masai Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe, Rothschild’s Giraffe.
6. What do they wear in Kenya?
People in cities usually wear modern clothes such as jeans and t-shirts. Women in Kenya wear colored materials and jewelry also in modern clothes. Many women also wear a kanga. It is a long piece of cloth that can be worn as a skirt or tied over the shoulder to carry infants. The Kanga is mainly used to protect the clothes under the Kanga from dust and dirt.
7. What kind of food do they eat in Kenya?
Ugali (Cornmeal Staple) …
Irio (Mashed Peas and Potato Mix) …
Githeri (Beans and Corn) …
Kenyan Pilau (Spiced Rice) …
Wali wa Nazi (Coconut Rice) …
Sukuma Wiki (Collard Greens / Kale) …
8. What do the Maasai people wear?
Red is their favored colour. Blue, black, striped, and checkered cloth are also worn. The Masai stopped wearing animal-skin, calf hides and sheep skin, and replaced with commercial cotton cloth in the 1960s. Shúkà is the Maa word for sheets traditionally worn wrapped around the body.
9. What is a Shuka for?
A Shuka is an African blanket.These blankets are very strong, durable, friendly to the skin and very colorful, most important warm, as in Kenya it can get pretty cold during July and August.
10. Who are the Maasai?
The Maasai are a tribe who live in parts of Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya. They are known as tall and fierce warriors. They can be easily recognised by the red cloth they wear the socalled Shuka. Maasai people live a nomadic life style, they move from place to place with their animals.
Travel to Kenya – Climate
Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by the high altitude. It’s hot at coastal areas, temperate inland due to higher altitude, and very dry in the northern parts.
Kenya receives a great deal of sunshine all year round. From May to August it is cool and you need warmer clothes. Also, because Nairobi and many highland towns are at high altitudes, opposite to common belief, it is quite cold between June and August with temperatures sometimes dropping into single digit zone (celsius).
The long rainy season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December, and lately short rainy season does not happen any more. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings, but only lasts for some minutes. The hottest period is in February and March and the coldest months are July and August.
Travel to Kenya – Visas
Basically visas are not required for nationals of African countries. All others have to obtain visas (3 month single entry) at their embassies or when entering at the border.
There is sometimes a separate line at immigration for those who require tourist visas. No photos are required, just $50 USD, €40 EUR or £30 GBP in cash for payment.
A single-entry visa allows re-entry from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, within the validity period.
Another option is the East African Tourist Visa, which is fairly new. This is a multiple entry visa for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (NOT Tanzania) and is valid for 3 months. The cost is $100 and that visa can not be extended. It is available at most borders of each country.
Travel to Kenya – Getting there and around
Kenya Airways is the national airline. It provides a good network of inland flights and international flighs as well, maily to Europe, but due to the Chinese influence more and more destinations in Asia.
Train services link only inland major cities. There is no passenger train service linking Kenya with neighbouring countries, though there are cargo lines to Uganda.
Roads are generally spoken in terrible condition even paved ones, which are not too common, most regions of the country, especially in the North Eastern Region only provide corrugated roads. 100 kilometres can take you up to 10 hours drive. All neighbouring countries can be accessed including Ethiopia via the border town of Moyale, Uganda via Busia or Malaba, and Tanzania via Namanga.
By bus: Regular bus services operate between all major cities and are quite comfortable considering road conditions. Small Mini busses, called Matatus operate between smaller towns and are running frequently, leave when they are full (8 passengers). Then the next one is filled, leaves, the next one and so on. So you have all times mini buses in all directions.
Travel to Kenya – Sights
Kenya has some of the world’s most famous, thus most expensive game reserves where you can spot wildlife easily. The parks are known for healthy populations of lions, giraffes, elephants and huge herds of zebras, wildebeests and buffaloes.
The annual wildebeest migration, which is actually a circle between Kenya and Tanzania, usually reaches Kenya in Masai Mara National Park in August. Bookings to watch the migration should be done months in advance because of limited lodging available in and outside the Mara.
Kenya also is a great destination for beach holidays, with several located along the coastal regions and the city of Mombasa.
The Northern parts of Kenya are home to some spectacular tribes (like the Samburus) living very traditional lifestyles. You can find them along the main road North into Ethiopia, as well as West of this area, in places such as Wamba, Maralal, Baragoi, Korr, Kargi, South Horr, etc. Only the Masai live in the South of Kenya.
Marvelous are the beaches at the coast of the Indian Ocean, North and South of Mombasa.
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