Kenya is the setting for one of the Natural Wonders of the World – the annual wildebeest migration – millions of wildebeest, zebra gazelles and more travel this circuit annually in search of feeding grounds like clockwork. Occurring between June and September, our safaris coincide with this incredible natural phenomenon while in the Masai Mara and tip of Serengeti Plains region.More information
Official Name: Republic of Kenya
Population: 39 million
Land Area: 570,000 square KM
Currency: Kenya Shilling. AUD 1 = KES 69.7 (Kenyan Shilling; calculated 18 June 2019).You cannot purchase Kenyan Shilling in Australia – it is best to take US Dollars and either change at the airport or hotel on arrival.
Time: 3 hours ahead of GMT
Language: English is the official language with Swahili the national language with numerous indigenous languages
Schooling: Primary schooling is free and secondary schooling is subsidised.
Parliament: Republic In 1963, Kenya achieved full indpeendance. Previously it was British protectorate in 1890, a crown colony in the 1920s and in the 1940s Nationalist stirings began (made up of Mau Mau movement, kikuyu millitants against the government).
Agriculture: Tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit vegetables, diary, beef, pork
Key Industries: Tourism, horticultural products, coffee and tea, oil refining and petroleum products, aluminium, limestone and cement
Health Tips: Malaria, is not usually found at the higher altitudes of Kenya but is more prevalent on the coast and in the south. Consult your doctor or specialist travel clinic for latest advise as it changes regularly. Yellow Fever, a viral illness spread by mosquitoes in both urban and jungle areas of Kenya requires an international certificate of vaccination for all visitors to Kenya and on return to Australia – see your doctor in advance for latest advise. Bottled water is cheap, just over a AUD1 for 1.5 ltr and it is recommended. For up to date information refer to http://www.smartraveller.gov.au
Geography & Climate: Kenya has only two seasons, the Rainy Season: (long rains from March – June, short rains from October – December) and Dry Season. It has a warm and humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline with wildlife rich Savannah grasslands inland towards the capital of Nairobi which has a cool climate. Summer clothes are normally worn throughout the year but it is usually cool at night and early in the morning inland at higher elevations.
Kenya lies across the equator in the east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean on the East, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the West, South Sudan to the North-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. In the north, the land is arid, the south west corner lies fertile Lake Victoria basin. (Lake Victoria enters Tanzania too) From the coast on Indian Ocean, the low plains rise to central plateau. The highlands are bisected by the Great Rift Valley with a fertile plateau lying to the east. The Kenyan highlands comprise of one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa plus of course home to Mount Kenya. and a length of the Easter depression of the Great Rift Valley separates western highlands from those that rise from the lowland coastal strip. Game drives in the Lake Nakuru National Park home to a million-strong flock of flamingos, a photographers dream with the pink and white hues of the lesser flamingos.
Kenya is the setting for one of the Natural Wonders of the World – the annual wildebeest migration – from the Serengeti Plains to the Masai Mara and the spectacular river crossings. Occurring between June and September, our safaris coincide with this natural phenomenon. The Big Five animals of Africa can be found in Kenya and in the Masai Mara in particular. The Masai Mara National reserve, located on the tip of the Serengeti, is impressive with its wide open plains and abundance of wildlife. Home to the Masai Warriors, Kikuyu and Samburu people with their colourful beads and warm personalities. One can’t miss the Tsavo National Park, mostly consists of semi-arid grasslands and savannah, it is considered one of the great Biodiversity strongholds with diverse wildlife seen such as the Masai lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard as well as some of the best bird-watching in the world.