Kenya is a country in Africa with a population of 126 million. Kenya is known for the safari tours around the African grasslands, which makes up a significant part of it’s economy.
Population: 126 million
Land mass (square miles): 224,081
Capital city: Nairobi
Official languages: English and Swahili
Currency: Kenyan shilling (¥)
Leader: Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya is a mix of plains and hills, with swamps near the coast. It is bordered by South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya has the second largest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya, which is 5,199m (17,057 ft) above sea level.
Plants and animals
Kenya is known for it’s wide variety of wildlife. In the plains, there are lions, cheetahs, hippos and wildebeest. In the swamps, there are crocodiles and antelopes, as well as many species of birds.
A major part of Kenya’s economy is tourism. Tourists from around the world come to see the grasslands that Africa is known for. They also come to see the annual wildebeest migration as well as other attractions, such as historical mosques.
Farming is also a key part of the economy. There are many things grown in Kenya including tea, coffee, pineapples, coconuts and cashew nuts. Kenya is also the 3rd largest exporter of cut flowers, most of which are grown near Lake Naivasha.
Mount Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa. The forests on the slope of the mountain are a key source of water for most of the country. The mountain is around 3 million years old.
Great Rift Valley
The Great Rift Valley is part of a rift system which goes through Kenya and several other African countries. The Great Rift Valley contains the Cherangani Hills and a series of volcanoes, including a few that are still active.
One popular attraction inside the Great Rift Valley is Lake Bogoria, which is well-known for it’s large flat lake where flamingoes can be found nesting on it’s shoreline.