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About KenyaIf you think of Kenya, you might think of the sweltering heat of the African savannah grassland with an abundant wildlife of lions, giraffes, leopards, elephants, antelopes, kudus and black rhinos, and images of the annual wildebeest migrations comes to mind. The satellite view and map below is showing the Republic of Kenya. The country is situated on the equator in east central Africa bordering the Indian Ocean in south east. Lake Turkana (Lake Rudolf) to the north, Lake Victoria in the west.
The country is bordered by Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
With an area of 580,000 km², Kenya is somewhat larger than Metropolitan France or slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Nevada.
Kenya has a population of 43 million people (2014). Spoken languages are Swahili and English (both official), and numerous indigenous languages mainly Kikuyu and Luhya.
Kenya's unique landscape is made up of several distinctive geographical regions. There is the narrow, low-lying, fertile coastal strip along the shores of the Indian Ocean, fringed with coral reefs and islands. A series of low hills in south separates the coastal region from the vast bush-covered fertile plains of the eastern plateau.
In the central western corner of the country is the shallow depression of the Lake Victoria basin, which extends to the rift highlands.
Northern Kenya is arid terrain, within this deserted part of the country stretches Lake Turkana , a World Heritage Site and the world's largest permanent desert lake. The lake covers the northern part of the Kenyan Rift Valley which disrupts the country's central highlands, further south in the Rift valley is an area where soda lakes with geysers and hot springs alternate with active volcanos. The areas around the lakes are home to large populations of black rhinos, Rothschild's giraffes, greater kudus, lions, cheetahs and wild dogs. The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley is since 2011 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Aberdare Range forms the eastern border of the Rift Valley, it rises to nearly 3,050 m (10,000 ft). Situated in the high plateau area, known as the Kenya Highlands, is Mount Kenya 5,200 m (17,058 ft) highest point in Kenya and second highest mountain in Africa (behind Mount Kilimanjaro), Mount Elgon is with 4,322m (14,176 ft) the second highest mountain in the country.
Some points of interest when visiting Kenya: Nairobi National Park (Kenya's first National Park), Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills National Park, and Tsavo National Park (best wildlife-viewing experiences ever), Maasai Mara (Maasai Mara game reserve is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania), even better wildlife-viewing experiences), Lake Nakuru (greater and lesser pink flamingos famously line the shores), Thimlich Ohinga (a frightening dense forest of stone-built ruins), Malindi (exceptionally popular among Italian tourists), Hell's Gate National Park (wildlife, scenery and camping), Lamu Island (the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa).
The map shows Kenya with international borders, cities, towns, expressways, main roads and streets.
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