Kenya: Facts That You Probably Did Not Know| KenYaAskMeWhat?

Facts about Kenya

The Mombasa Tusks Monument, Kenya.

I will like to go on a long tour of the whole of Africa someday! Impossible? Well, I think when you’re done digging into this article- you’ll have a little faith. Right here, right now, I want to show you some things you probably know or don’t know about KENYA! To make it easier, I’m going to give you a list. How about that, yeah? Common, hop on– let’s Ride!  *Winks.

1. The vast geography

Kenya is located in East Africa. Its terrain rises from a low coastal plain on the Indian Ocean to mountains and plateaus (areas of level high ground) at its centre. Most Kenyans live in the highlands, where Nairobi, the capital, sits at an altitude of 1,700 metres.

With a total of 224,081 square miles (580,367 square kilometers), Kenya is home to 45,010,056 people.

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Image: National Geographic

2. Kenya hosts the world’s largest tropical lake and desert lake

Lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake and Kenya shares this lake with Uganda and Tanzania. It is also the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

Lake Turkana is Kenya’s largest lake and also the world’s largest desert lake. It is reputable for its huge pink flamingo population and unspoilt nature. This lake is also recognized as the largest alkaline lake in the world.

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Photo: Nairobi, Joshua Wanyama, Dreamstime. Tribal people, Meunierd, Dreamstime.

3. Up, close and personal with the Big Five 

“The Big Five” is a name that was originally used by game hunters to describe Africa’s hardest animals to hunt. These days, we have had laws being introduced in most African countries. Laws that protect the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white species of rhinoceros and the African leopard. By the way, Kenya had the last white rhino in the world.

In addition, Kenya is the only country in the world with a national par within the capital city. Wild Kenya, do you agree? Sit tight!

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Image: Bigfiveafrica.com

4. No traffic jams on Lamu Island

Wait! You don’t know Lamu Island?! Well, me too *Winks. Kenya’s Lamu Island, located off the northeast coast, is car-free. You should be assured of safe exploration there!

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Image from CNN.com

5. Hunting is illegal in Kenya 

It is a criminal act to hunt any protected animal in Kenya. You’re not allowed to put an ounce of hurt on those innocent animals. Keep that in mind, you don’t wanna tour the prison on your first visit. HaHaHa.

6. Kenya has a rich history of artistic expression

With a long history of musical and artistic expression, Kenya enjoys a rich tradition of oral and written literature. This includes many fables that speak to the virtues of determination and perseverance, important and widely shared values, given the country’s experience during the struggle for independence.

Kikuyu writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, one of the country’s best-known authors internationally, addresses these concerns in his remarks on one folkloric figure.

So, on your tour to Kenya, you should probably grab a Ngugi wa Thiong’o book along with you!

7. You can behold the result of earth’s torn crust

More than 20 million years ago, the Great Rift Valley formed as a result of violent subterranean forces that tore apart the earth’s crust. These forces caused huge chunks of the crust to sink between parallel fault lines and force up molten rock in volcanic eruptions. The Great Rift Valley is a series of neighbouring geographic trenches, approximately 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) in total length.

It runs from the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon which is in Asia to Mozambique in Southeast Africa.

Image from ThoughtCo.com

Surprised? The world is so full of wonders, it would make you marvel.

8. Kenya breeds the world-best runners

Are you a big fan of the Olympics? I am a huge fan, though. Kenya’s Kalenjin tribe has been dubbed ‘the running tribe’ for its unbelievable ability to produce world record-breaking runners. These guys are almost unbeatable. You should see them some time you know?

Creator: Michael Steele | Credit: Getty Images

9. Kenya houses the fastest land animal

Kenya boasts of the uncommon possession of the cheetah— the fastest moving animal on land in the world, with speeds recorded up to 120 kilometres per hour. KeNyABeLiEvEit?!

Credit: Stanley Doctor

10. A country of languages 

Ladies and gentlemen I present to you Kenya, the African country of languages. There are 68 different languages that are spoken in Kenya. The official language is Swahili. By the way, Have you read my previous post about the Swahili language? You should! Such a beautiful language!

Image from National Geographic

11. Kenya is the world’s leading safari destination

The World Travel Awards recognized Kenya as the World’s Leading Safari Destination in 2017, winning the award three years in a row. I think we are thinking of the same thing (Psst… Noah’s Ark’s last bus stop was in Kenya– The Animals.) Shhh! Tell no man! Let that be our little secret.

12. Kenya Wins Independence After a Long Struggle

On Dec. 12, 1963, Kenya achieved full independence, establishing the fact that by 2020, Kenya is already 57 years, an independent state. Jomo Kenyatta was its first president. He was a nationalist leader during the fight to win independence and this meant that he hadn’t necessarily been in the good books of the British. They even jailed him once.

From 1964 to 1992, the country was ruled as a one-party state under the Kenya African National Union (KANU), first under Kenyatta, and then under Daniel Arap Moi. Demonstrations and riots put pressure on Moi to allow multiparty elections in 1992.

We have struggles rooted into the very rubric of our African existence, yeah? Lol.

13. The original birthplace of humans

Scientists think Northern Kenya and Tanzania may have been the original birthplace of humans! The bones of one of the earliest human ancestors ever found were discovered in Kenya’s Turkana Basin.

Photograph by DALE OMORI, courtesy of the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

14. Masai Mara Nature Reserve

Kenya has over 50 national parks which are popular tourist destinations. Here, they protect the native wildlife against hunters and poachers. Masai Mara National Park in the country’s western region is a popular safari destination of the country. 

Masai Mara Nature Reserve is best-known for the Great Wildebeest Migration. Every year, more than a million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem.

Image: My Gate Hub

15. It has the second-highest mountain in Africa

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest (after Mt. Kilimanjaro) in our very own Africa. Mount Kenya is precisely 5,199 m/ 17,058 ft. This extinct volcano is also the second highest peak on the African continent – after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Image: Wikipedia

There you have it folks! So when are you going to Kenya? Let me go get my suitcase so I can tag along. Hahaha. Welcome to Africa— the continent of MORE!

Curated by Azeez Precious Damilola

Azeez Precious Damilola, also known as A_Precious is a Singer, Writer, Theatre Artiste and a Social Entrepreneur who has developed a passion for general creativity and aesthetics. Her works border around Faith, Love, Dissidence and the Tragedies of life. Her dedication and attention to details influences her art and for this, her literary works have been featured in prominent editorials like PUNCH.

Precious is a sucker for explorations and wherever she goes, her reputation for scampering excitement precedes her. When she is not creating, she would most definitely be found reading, interacting with friends or singing away like the deft nightingale that she is.

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1 thought on “Kenya: Facts That You Probably Did Not Know| KenYaAskMeWhat?

  1. Awesome, you so much can create hunger for the touring and exploration of Africa, someday we will tour the world expecially Africa together

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