Everything you should know
19 February 2022
before Traveling to KENYA
Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Official Language: Swahili, English
Dial Code: +254
Emergency Number: 911, 999, 112
GDP: 206.53 billion USD (2020)
Population: 54.98million (2021)
Time Zone: UTC+3 East Africa Time
Flag: The Kenyan flag includes symbols of unity, peace and defense of the country. The color black represents the people of the Republic of Kenya, red for the blood shed during the fight for independence, and green for the country's landscape and natural wealth.
1. The Big Five
Kenya is home to the big game. The Big Five are the Lion, the Elephant, the Leopard, the Buffalo, and the Rhino. Most game parks and game reserves in the country have either two or three of the five, but the Tsavo, Maasai Mara, and Amboseli national parks have four. Nairobi National Park has all five of them.
Kenya is also known for flamingos. Flamingos are quirky, large, pink-hued, non-migratory birds. They will usually be found resting on one foot, which has not been scientifically explained yet. They are populous in three of Kenya’s soda lakes namely Lake Elementaita, Lake Bogoria, and Lake Nakuru.
3. Safari destination
Kenya has won the world’s leading safari destination five years in a row, from 2015 to 2019. Laikipia County has some of the best wildlife conservancies in Kenya. Everyone born in Kenya has seen a wild animal in its natural habitat at least once in their life. In some cases, animals and human beings are separated by a mere fence.
This is the most popular meal in all Kenyan secondary schools. It is a mixture of maize and beans, or any other legume, boiled together. This meal is popular across all ethnicities, and you will find it in all eateries in Kenya. For most Kenyans, githeri with a piece of avocado is pure heaven.
Ugali is Kenya’s staple food. It is a meal predominantly made from maize flour, although in some places other cereals are incorporated in the preparation of the flour. Besides githeri, this is the most common meal in all Kenyan households. Ugali accompaniments vary from community to community although greens are usually more popular.
3. Nyama Choma
Nyama choma can be made from beef, mutton, or pork. Barbecued chicken is called Kuku Choma and is also a national delicacy. Nyama choma is usually accompanied by kachumbari, a fresh tomato and onion salad dish, and a few beers to complete the meal.
Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to "cool water", a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city is popularly referred to as the Green City in the Sun.
Mombasa is a coastal city in southeast Kenya along the Indian Ocean. The city is known as the white and blue city in Kenya. It is the country's oldest (circa 900 AD) and second-largest city. The town of Mombasa is centered on Mombasa Island, but extends to the mainland. The island is separated from the mainland by two creeks, Port Reitz in the south and Tudor Creek in the north.
Lamu is a small town on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. It is the headquarters of Lamu County and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town contains the Lamu Fort on the seafront, constructed under Fumo Madi ibn Abi Bakr, the sultan of Pate, and was completed after his death in the early 1820s.
Malindi is a town on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Sabaki River, lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is 120 kilometres northeast of Mombasa. The population of Malindi was 119,859 as of the 2019 census. It is the largest urban centre in Kilifi County.
Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya's economy in south-west of the country, along the Great Rift Valley. Narok is the district capital of the Narok County and stands as the major centre of commerce in the district. For decades, Narok's economy has benefited from tourism, agriculture, livestock keeping and mining. The 30,000-capacity William Ole Ntimama Stadium, a football stadium, is located in Narok.