Overland Journeys: East Africa Safaris, Nile and Rift Valleys, The Great African Journey

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Kenya is the classic East African safari destination with numerous national parks for game viewing, including the Maasai Mara, site of the annual wildebeest migration, and the gorgeous Lake Nakuru. In addition Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak, provides a trekking challenge to rival Kilimanjaro. Kenya’s position as a regional commercial and transport hub make it the ideal base for further explorations of East Africa or as the start or end point for overland journeys. Explore in depth highlights of Kenya.

Travel Information for Kenya
Time zone:GMT +3 (Eastern Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, Swahili Other languages:    Kikuyu, Luo
Currency: Kenyan shillings (KES)

1 = KSh114, $1 = KSh103, £1 = KSh136

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.keInternational Dialling Code:    254

For help planning your trip to Kenya including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Kenya trip planning page.

Further information on Kenya

Discover more about Kenya - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of kenya

Total area: 582,650 sq km (13,400 sq km under water)

Coastline: 536 km (Indian Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Ethiopia (861km), Somalia (682km), Tanzania (769km), Uganda (933km), South Sudan (232km)

Climate: Variable - arid desert in north, tropical coastal forests, savanna plains and temperate highlands. The main rainy season is from April to June, followed by the dry season and the great herd migration from the Masai Mara between July and October.

Highest mountain: Mount Kenya (5,199m) - Climb this mountain!

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Kenya from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 97/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 122/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 98/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 145/174
Overall Ranking:    136/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Kenya     Status: Independent Country

Population: 45,010,056 (rank: 30/196)     Density: 77.2 people/sq km (rank: 102/196)

Ethnic groups: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

Religions: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2%

GDP (PPP): $79.9 billion       GDP per capita: $1,800 (rank: 166/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.