10 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT KENYA

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Did you know that Kenya is home to 70 different tribes? You should be aware that Kenya is a country of firsts. In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the Commonwealth and Great Britain while on a holiday in Kenya. It is a very hot place. In fact, it is comparable in size to Texas. Continue reading to discover some of the “firsts” of Kenya.

Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain & the Commonwealth, was on holiday in Kenya in 1952 when she became Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Elizabeth took a break in Kenyan bush after her father passed away in his sleep when the latter learned of her succession. They spent the day viewing wildlife and taking cine films of elephants. The Queen became Queen of Great Britain and the Commonwealth at the end of the day. Her father was ill and couldn’t travel for a few days. However, his death had left his young daughter as his sole heir.

While on holiday in Kenya, Elizabeth received the news about her father’s passing. She met Winston Churchill and chose the name Elizabeth, which became her official regnal name. The coronation, held on June 2, 1953, was a grand affair, broadcast in 39 languages. In honour of the occasion, she gave her first Queen’s Speech. The ceremony was conducted in honour of the occasion by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher, who was also Assistant Private Secretary to Queen.

In the early 1950s, her father suffered from lung cancer. As a result, Elizabeth was unable to continue his duties. She began taking on some of the duties of the British Monarch. On February 6, 1952, her father passed away. In the following weeks, Elizabeth went on holiday in Kenya with her mother and sister. 1952 saw her ascend to the throne of the United Kingdom as Queen of the Commonwealth.

70 tribes call Kenya home

Africa’s largest country, Kenya is home to more than 70 different tribes, each with its own unique culture. Of the seventy-one tribes living in Kenya, the Masai are perhaps the most well-known, having become an internationally recognized symbol of tribal life. This is just the tip of an iceberg. The country is home to as many as seventy different tribes and many of them are well worth exploring.

The majority of urban dwellers live in modern apartments. Rural areas are home to traditional homes. Housing styles vary from tribe to tribe. Traditional zaramo houses are made of grass, while Rundi houses are made of reed and bark. Nyamwezi huts are round huts with thatched roofs. Some rural groups have converted their traditional housing to more modern materials, like bricks.

However, some tribes have changed their names and/or renamed themselves. Some people identify more with their ethnic group than their nation. The Kikuyu, for example, were better represented in the independence movement and continue to dominate the country’s government. However, it’s hard to categorize all the tribes of Kenya in the same way. Therefore, it is important to understand what makes a Kenyan ethnic group distinct from a neighboring nation.

It is comparable in size to Texas

While many people have heard that Mexico is larger than Texas, they may not realize that Kenya is nearly twice the size of this South American country. The United States and Kenya are very similar in size, but they are vastly different in many other ways. With a population of 321 million, the US is the largest country on the planet. Madagascar is the smallest country in Africa and is larger than Mexico and Texas.

Both are large and densely populated countries. The United States is approximately 1.6 times larger than Kenya and twice as large as Texas. However, Texas is a larger state than Kenya, and Texas is 17% larger than Kenya. But if you look at the population of Texas, you will see that it has a much higher density than Kenya. In fact, Kenya is home to many world-class universities.

The Sakha Republic, the largest subnational governing body of the Russian Federation and the world’s largest, is the largest as of 2010. The Sakha Republic is actually the same size as Texas and could hold four Texases. The population of the Sakha Republic is 958,528 (as of the 2010 census). It is smaller than the Austin-Round Rock metro area, but it’s much colder. It is also home to two Willie statues despite its size.

It has a hot climate

Kenya’s warm and humid climate is typical for the continent. June is the hottest month, while July is the coldest. The average temperature is around 70 degrees in summer and below 55 degrees in winter. It is possible to expect rain for a few days so make sure you have your rain gear. You might want to travel to Kenya in the summer if you are planning to visit during these months.

Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest point. It was once covered by an Antarctic ice cap. However, the ice cap has melted and exposed the volcanic plugs below. The mountain is now around 5,000 meters (16,404 ft) and 6,500 metres (21,300 ft). It has gone through several glaciations since the last ice age, though only the most recent one is chronologically complete. The rest of the country experiences rains throughout the year, with a dry spell during the middle of the summer.

While the highlands are ideal for agriculture, the north of Kenya is arid and mostly desert land. The country is the most productive agriculturally producing country in Africa. The north and south coasts are mostly desert land with little vegetation. However, there are some areas along the coast with coral reefs as well as beautiful beaches. It is possible to swim in the ocean and surf at nearby beaches during the summer. You can also visit one of the many wildlife parks in Kenya.

It has a lot of animals

There are many animals to be seen in Kenya, but the most well-known ones are the hyenas or zebras. These two feliform carnivorans, which live in Kenya’s forests, are part of the “big five”. They are opportunistic hunters and are often seen near lion and cheetah kills. They can dig up one meter underground, and they are often seen during daylight hours.

The Thomson’s gazelle, also known as Tommie, was named after its explorer Joseph Thomson. It is often mistaken with the Grant’s gazelle because it has a black tail, and a white stripe down its flank. It is distinguished from the Grant’s Gazelle by its distinctive features. It is found in the Serengeti area of Kenya, where it prefers grassland habitats and savanna.

Black Rhinos are common in the Masai Mara, while White Rhinos are more common in the Lake Nakuru area. Rhinos are classified as a group of mammals called “Rhinocerous” and there are five extant species and several extinct ones. While white and black rhinos are similar in appearance, black rhinos have shorter horns and are smaller. They use their horns to mating, fighting, defense, and defence.

It is loved by many people.

In a country of approximately 7 million square miles, Kenya has a high density of people. Kenya’s population density is 67.2 people per square km or 174.1 people per sq mile. With nearly 2.7 million residents, Nairobi is the most populous city. Mombasa has 800,000 residents and Nakuru has 260,000. Life expectancy in Kenya is below the world average. The country is still a popular tourist destination for those who wish to live a vibrant cultural-economic life.

Most of Kenya’s population lives within scattered settlements. The location of settlements depends on the climate and soil conditions. Urbanization was a common process in the Arabian Peninsula before the colonial period. During the colonial era, urbanization occurred in some parts of the country, with the largest urban centres emerging as towns. Nairobi, for example, was originally a Maasai watering hole. However, it gained importance after the railway connection was built in the early twentieth century.

The country’s GDP is based on services, agriculture, and industry. The country’s staple agricultural products include tea, coffee, and sugarcane, while its main industries include aluminum, oil refining, and tourism. Investors have many options in a country this size. The country’s diverse economy is supported strongly by its tourism sector. Its area is over 580,000 square kilometers, with a large portion of the country consisting of uninhabited land. Despite the relatively large number of Kenyans living in the high-income brackets, most are still deprived of quality education. Moreover, only 90 Kenyans are classified as ultra-high-net worth individuals, while only 3,323 are in the high-net worth individual category.

It has a good economy

Many factors contribute to the Kenyan economy’s growth. Despite its limited rainfall and arable land, the country has an advanced agricultural sector, which accounts for 33 percent of the country’s agricultural GDP. The country is particularly successful in tea production and horticulture, which are two long-standing sectors in the country. The country’s transport system ranks among the top in the region, which further enhances the country’s competitiveness.

The Kenyan economy has seen a recovery from the crisis despite the drought. In 2003, it was suffering from economic contraction but by 2007, growth had rebounded to 7%. It experienced a 5% increase between 2009 and 2013. In 2009, however, drought caused a 2.7% contraction in the agricultural sector. Despite these challenges, Kenya’s economic growth is solid. After the discovery of many natural resources, Kenya’s future growth prospects look brighter.

Since independence, Kenya has received significant development and foreign investment. The country received $943million in foreign aid in 2006, which was nearly four percent of its gross domestic income. Many countries in the region have invested in Kenya, including Russia, China, Japan, and the developed Western countries. Many international organizations are also located in the country. As a result, it has attracted a high level of foreign direct investment and has a growing private sector.

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