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Kenya

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Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa. Its Indian Ocean coast lies between Somalia to the north east and Tanzania to the south. Its other surrounding countries are Ethiopia and South Sudan to the north and Uganda to the west. Kenya can offer the visitor as much to see and do. Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snow-capped mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than you would ever expect.

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KENYA

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Once you visit Kenya you can’t help but voice these words of the American author Henry Miller and see Kenya in a ‘new way’ rather than just an image of wildlife safari that conjures up in the mind with the name. Situated on the eastern coast of the African continent right along the Equator, Kenya is a country that flourishes in immense ecological and cultural treasures. It boasts 6 UNESCO World heritage sites. The Cradle of Mankind – Kenya - where the earliest remains resembling a human being has being found on the shores of Lake Turkana, flaunts amazing diverse geographical features. Its rich savannah, arid deserts, snowcapped mountains, reefs, pristine beaches, scenic lake regions, swamps of mangroves, vast plains of the hinterland, its tribal culture and a great wildlife brand it a miniature Africa.

On the plains and along the rivers, elephant, rhinoceros, lion, zebra, buffalo, hippopotamus, wildebeest and many kinds of buck abound. Kenya is home to many beautiful endemic species of birds like Jackson’s Francolin, William’s Lark, Tana River Cisticola, Kikuyu White-eye, Sharpe’s Longclaw, etc. One can't miss the birds of prey - eagles, hawks, vultures and the long legged secretary bird. A variety of fish flourish in the rivers and lakes.

With more than 40 tribes each with their own traditions and customs, the diverse culture of Kenya gives the nation a distinct identity in the world. The Kenyan art themes represent the daily life and culture of the people. Great significance is placed on jewelry, hair styling and ochre body painting. Beaded and metal jewelry captures the mystery and fashion of Kenya. Emphasis is given on decorating objects such as ostrich egg water-holders, wrist knives, clubs, stools and neck pillows. Kenyans are talented artists and their skills are manifested in the form of woodcarvings and kissi (soapstone) carvings. Masks are greatly revered in African culture and have a spiritual and religious significance. The art of mask-making is passed on from father to son.

Every community in Kenya has its own music and dance form. Benga, lingala, hip-hop, taarab and folk music are some of the most popular genres. The use of ngoma (drums) is central to elaborate traditional dances like the Maasai dances, Chakacha, Kamba dances, Mwomboko and Isukuti that are performed on special occasions like festivals, marriage ceremonies or even funerals. Many regional events and festivals connected to religion, historical events or arts are celebrated in Kenya throughout the year. The most popular festivals are the East African Arts Festival, International Camel Derby and Festival, Mombasa Carnival and the Kenyan Safari Rally.

The delicious traditional Kenyan cuisine incorporates the exotic spicy aromas blended with coconut milk. Staple foods consist mainly of corn, maize, potatoes, and beans depending on the region. Ugali (maize flour porridge), sukuma wiki (kale), and nyama choma (grilled goat or sheep meat) are universally eaten in Kenya. Chai (tea) is a favorite beverage.

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