An Overview of Kenya for Travelers

Kenya is stunningly beautiful African country that has seen its share of good and bad times.

If you are traveling to Kenya, the following information will give you a head start.

An Overview of Kenya for Travelers

Kenya is a crossroads country in Africa, which means a little bit of various African countries reside there.

More than 40 languages are spoken and as many as eleven different ethnic groups can be identified. The religious breakdown is also very diverse.

Despite this variety, the country has a fairly harmonious existence.

The national slogan is harambee which loosely translates to lets pull together.

Compared to other sub-Saharan countries, Kenya has historically been advanced in infrastructure and general living standards.

During the colonial period, England controlled the country and developed the area.

Kenyans were not allowed to participate in government, much like South Africa.

As you might expect, Kenyans rebelled and eventually became independent on December 12, 1963. The Kenya People’s Union then became the only political party and ruled until 2002.

In October 2002, the National Rainbow Coalition dominated elections.

Following independence, Kenya continued to grow economically and the standard of living was the envy of much of Africa.