7 Popular Questions about Kenya

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Here are 7 popular questions about Kenya from how the country gained independence to the number of national parks in the country.

Kenya is one of the most popular countries in East Africa. It is a business hub in the region, and a destination for tourists from around the world. Here are 7 questions about Kenya popularly asked online.

  1. When did Kenya gain independence?

Kenya gained her independence from Britain on December 12, 1963. This country was under British rule since 1895 as the East Africa Protectorate, and from 1920 as Kenya Colony.  Kenyans commemorate independence on December 12 annually.

  1. What is Kenya famous for?

Kenya is famous across the globe for a number of reasons. Kenyan athletes have stamped this country’s name on every international athletics event. Additionally, Kenya is famous as the country of birth of Barack Obama Sr, the father of the current president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

Maasai Mara’s annual migration of millions of wildebeests is another reason for Kenya’s popularity. Every year, wildebeests dash across Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into the plains of Maasai Mara. This migration takes place from July to October on the Kenyan side.

Fig Tree Camp's game drive.

Fig Tree Camp’s game drive.

Kenya is also famous as the cradle of mankind. Prehistoric sites in Kenya include Kariandusi Prehistoric Site, Olorgesailie and Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site.

  1. Why Kenya has the best runners

This is one of the questions about Kenya asked online after every international marathon or any other athletics meet. Many theories and research reports attribute Kenya’s prowess on the track to the diet of athletes, their genetic make-up, and the high altitude of the training ground.

  1. Why Kenya is a popular tourist destination

Kenya offers magical beach and wildlife safaris. Miles of unpolluted sand stretch along the shores of the Indian Ocean forming pristine beaches like Watamu, Diani Beach, Tiwi and Shela.

Serene view of the ocean from Baobab Beach Resort & Spa.

Serene view of the ocean from Baobab Beach Resort & Spa.

Kenya has the big five species, hundreds of bird species as well as rare and endangered animals like dugongs and rhinos. A safari involves daily game drives, nature walks, guided bird watching excursions, hot air ballooning and picnics.

  1. How many national parks are there in Kenya?

There is a park, a reserve or game sanctuary almost in every county in Kenya. The largest and most popular of these conservation areas are managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The KWS manages 21 national parks, 7 national reserves, 5 marine parks & reserves, 3 sanctuaries and 2 orphanages. These parks and reserves include Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Safari Walk, Mombasa Marine National Reserve and Kisumu Impala Sanctuary.

There are hundreds of other national reserves and sanctuaries managed by communities, county governments and conservationists. They include the David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage, Maasai Mara National Reserve and Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy.

  1. Which is the largest national park in Kenya?

The largest national park in Kenya is Tsavo East National Park. It occupies 13,747 square kilometres, and when combined with the 9,065 square kilometres of Tsavo West, Tsavo is the largest conservation area in the country.

  1. Which countries border Kenya?

Kenya is surrounded by five East African countries that are Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.  The south Eastern edge of the country enjoys a sizeable share of the Indian Ocean coastline.

These answers to questions about Kenya help you discover attractions to visit as well as the history of this country.

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