Facts About Kenya You Should Know
Enjoy some interesting facts about Kenya while learning history of this holiday destination.If you plan holidays to Africa, Kenya is definitely worth of visit! Beside of having some of the best national parks and beaches in Africa, it has also its own charm, customs and very interesting history. Here are some facts which will tell you why Kenya holidays overpass easily any usual destinations in the world.
Have a look on some of the interesting and fun facts about Kenya to give you a boost to visit this part of the world
1, Kenya athletes are the best in the world! This is one of the best facts about Kenya; Country’s most popular slogan (at least in beach resorts along the coast), but also in Nairobi is “Pole Pole” which means slowly, slowly. The general African saying is: There is no hurry in Africa and Kenyans love to mention it in every occasion. Perhaps it is is the hot climate in Kenya.
2, You can listen to the most famous Kenyan music song “Hakuna Matata” in animated movie – The Lion King. I guess everyone have heard of the famous movie “The Lion King” and the Kenyan song Hakuna Matata, which means “No problem”. The rhythmic melody is very catchy and it is very popular music. If you travel for holidays to Africa, I bet you will hear this song.
3, The history of Kenya is very rich and marked by hundreds years of the slave trade. The country was a British colony between 1895 and 1963. In 1963 it won independence and became republic in 1964. On the 12th of December 1963, a young man by the name of Kisoi Munyao made a brave walk to the top of mountain where he planted the first ever Kenyan flag; a moment that is still today celebrated.
4, The official name of the country is ‘Republic of Kenya’. It has been named after the Mount Kenya.
5, The country is roughly the same size of Texas at 362,040 square miles.
6, Kenyans usually drink beverages hot or at room temperature. Hot beer, anyone?
7, The Princes Elizabeth of England become a queen while she stayed with her husband in Treetops Hotel. The country still has a special place in the heart for the British royal family, and Prince Charles with his sons are frequent visitors.
8, In the past only three presidents have had the privilege of governing this African nation. The first was the late Jomo Kenyatta, second Daniel Arap Moi and the third president was honorable Mwai Kibaki. Since 9 April 2013 the fourth and current President is Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.
9, It is the 47th largest country in terms of land area, the latitude and longitude covers an area of 582,650 sq km.
10, Have you ever wondered how it is with the seasons in Kenya? Do not wonder too much, there are only two seasons. The rainy season and the dry season.
11, Only 30 minutes out of Nairobi is the award winning Brown’s Cheese factory. Its has won many accolades, including the South African Dairy Championship and awards from the East Africa Cheese Festival.
12, I guess we all know the Oscar winning movie “Out of Africa” written by Karen Blixen who lived here most of her life. Her home is now famous the “Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Center” located in Karen, Nairobi. If you plan holidays to Africa and visit of Nairobi, this historical sight is worth of visit!
13, Another famous movie made in Kenya is The Ghost and the Darkness. The movie is based on a true story of lions who attacked and ate people during the construction of the Kenya – Uganda railway in Tsavo National Park. It is rumored that descendants lions with the same genes can still be found so watch out on your safari in Tsavo.
14, The predecessor of man, Homo Erectus, also called “Turkana boy” was discovered in the Koobi Fora national park, close to lake Turkana.
15, The Flame Trees of Thika, a book by Elspeth Huxley’s book, is based on her childhood she spent in a coffee plantation. Are you thinking to spend honeymoon holidays on the coast? Choose one of the the top 3 boutique hotels for honeymoons in Diani beach in May-Jul. Te entire street turns red from the flame trees. It will for sure add to a special romantic atmosphere.
16, Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, was born in Nairobi.
18, There are more than 40 ethnic groups in the country.
19, It was in Kenya where the first mobile phone banking (MPesa) was introduced for the very first time.
20, The largest desert in Africa is Lake Turkana in Kenya.
21, I am sure you know where is Kenya, but do you also know that Nairobi is the only city in the world with National park in it?
22, Kenya’s main port is at Mombasa, an island that boasts of being home to the deepest natural harbor in Africa. Mombasa is also very attractive tourist resort and popular holiday destination. Have look on things to do in Mombasa in the case you will visit this city.
23, Most of the people in Kenya are either very rich or very poor. Very few people fall in the middle category.
24, Kenyan men can have multiple wives. The dowry for marriage starts at 10 cows.