The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa that lies on the equator. With the Indian Ocean to its south-east, it is bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya has a land area of 580,000 km2 and a population of a little over 43 million residents. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africas highest mountain peaks. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Modern day Mount Kenya was originally referred to as ‘Mt. Kirinyaga’ by the indigenous people. ‘Kirinyaga’, meaning ‘mountain of whiteness’ because of its snow capped peak; the name was subsequently changed to Mt. Kenya due to the inability of the British to pronounce ‘Kirinyaga’ correctly. Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse wildlife reserves and national parks such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park. It has several world heritage sites (Lamu) and world renowned beaches such as Watamu and Diani where the international yachting competitions are held each year.
Central Kenya has over the years enjoyed a lot of attention as a tourism destination, its attractions include: Mount Kenya, Aberdares and Mount Kenya National Parks, and a number of good hotels, lodges and ranches offering upcountry holidays. Nyeri is also a resting place of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the scouting movement and his wife Olave Powell. Baden’s grave is a national monument and their Paxtu cottage is now a small museum, standing on the grounds of the Out span Hotel. The Abedares is known for being the home of the famous Treetops Hotel where Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England in1952.Part of the range is protected as the Abe dare National Park that encompasses a 70km long narrow massif that branded as a world-class tourist destination and a conservation area.
Meru, referring to both people and location, is considered the heart of the eastern slope for its evergreen lands, hilly slopes and adorable weather, plenty of fruits and vegetables and cereals. Meru conservation area was formerly the home of Elsa, the lioness of George and Joy Adamson movie; Born Free. While in Meru visit the Meru museum, which was opened in May 1976, having previously been a district commissioner’s office that was built in 1916.The museum exhibits mainly the culture and rich historical practices of the local people. The Njuri Njeke is a council of elders, a supreme organ in decision making among the Ameru community. The functions of the Njuri Ncheke were making and execute tribal laws, to listen and settle disputes and to pass on tribal knowledge and rites across the generations in their role as the custodians of traditional culture.
The Kenyan Coastline is globally popular with tourists because of its long, beautiful, and sunny beaches, exquisite marine life and the surrounding breathtaking wilderness adorned by unique wildlife, landscapes and sceneries. Visitors awe at the rich Swahili and Mijikenda cultures intertwined with historical artifacts dating back more than 10 centuries ago.
It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomsons gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet. Regarded as the Maa Country, the Maasai Mara