Map of Kenya
Capital Nairobi Population 29,008,000 Government Republic Religions Christianity (Protestant, Catholic), Indigenous beliefs, Islam Languages Swahili, English Calling Code +254 Nationality Local name Introduction Shower Time
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Though it’s probably best to leave your valuables at home before travelling to Kenya (the country’s crime rate is shocking), the risk of getting mugged is well outweighed by the fabulous attractions Kenya has to offer. Straddling the coast are cities like Mombasa and Lamu: cities with a long and sometimes tumultuous history, but whose heritage is proudly preserved by architecture which has survived centuries. Also boasting a spot along the coast (known widely as the Coral Coast) is Malindi, where visitors can enjoy some of the nation’s finest beaches and diving opportunities.
But the undeniable highlight of any trip to Kenya has to be the safari. Well-organized tours provide an ideal way of getting up close to the wildlife, for a truly ethereal experience. Images of elephant herds passing before the mighty backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro (at Amboseli National Park) will undoubtedly be ingrained on your memory forever.
Kenya consists of 8 provinces, subdivided into 71 districts. The provinces and their districts are: Central province: Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Maragua, Muranga, Thika and Kiambu;Coastal province: Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, Taita-Taveta and Tana River;Eastern province: Embu, Isiolo, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Marsabit, Mbeere, Central Meru, Northern Meru, Southern Meru, Moyale, Mwingi and Tharaka;Nairobi: It’s both a province and a district and forms the total urban area of the capital Nairobi Northeastern province: Garissa, Ijara, Wajir and Mandera;Nyanza: Bondo, Gucha, Homa Bay, Kisii, Kisumu, Kuria, Migori, Nyamira, Nyando, Rachuonyo, Siaya and Suba;Rift Valley: Baringo, Bomet, Buret, Kajiado, Keiyo, Kericho, Koibatek, Laikipia, Marakwet, Nakuru, Nandi, Narok, Samburu, Trans Mara, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot;Western province: Bungoma, Busia, Butere, Kakamega, Lugari, Mount Elgon, Teso and Vihiga.
CitiesNairobi Mombasa Nakuru Meru Kisumu Eldoret
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