Kenya Tourism Board
Kenya is a country in East Africa, lying along the Indian Ocean to its southeast and at the equator. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa’s highest mountain peaks. Kenya is a country of 47 counties each with its own government semi-autonomous to the central government in the capital, Nairobi.
The country’s geography is as diverse as its people. It has a long coastline along the Indian Ocean and as you advance the landscape changes to savannah grasslands, arid and semi-arid bushes. The central regions and the western parts have forests and mountains while the northern regions are near desert landscapes. Kenya is a medium-sized country by continental standards; covering an area of about 586,600km sq. Inland water bodies cover some 10,700km sq, the bulk of this in Lakes Victoria and Turkana. The coastline, about 550km long, faces the Indian Ocean.
Kenya is cut almost in half by the equator while the Great Rift Valley runs through its Western realm. Elevations range from sea level along the coast up to more than 17,000 feet (well over three miles) at the snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya, Africa’s second tallest mountain.
Covering an area of nearly a quarter of a million square miles and dotted with over 60 national parks and reserves, the diverse topography of Kenya comprises a great range of contrasting landscapes. Situated to the Southwest, Lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake and second largest freshwater lake. Its surface area of more than 26,600 square miles is second only to Lake Superior. Kenya shares Lake Victoria with Uganda and Tanzania. Lake Turkana, just less than 2,500 square miles, is mostly contained within Kenya, with its extreme northernmost waters belonging to Ethiopia.
Nairobi, Kenya’s thriving capital and largest city (population: 3 million-plus) is a major regional commercial hub strategically located in the South-Central country of the same name. Your clients will almost certainly begin their Kenya adventure by flying in to the country’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International (IATA Code: NBO), situated less than 10 miles outside out of the center of Nairobi.