Volunteer in Kenya


Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lake lands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, mountain highlands and abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park.

Climate

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In the low-lying districts, particularly along the coast, the climate is tropical, hot and humid. On the Plateau and in the highlands the climate is more temperate. Western Kenya and most parts of Nyanza experience heavy rain and it has two rainy seasons, the long rainy season is from April to June and the short rainy season is from October to November.

 Kenya is named after Mount Kenya- the second tallest Mountain in Africa. The Kikuyu people who lived around present-day Mt Kenya referred to it as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning mountain of whiteness because of its snowcapped peak. Mt Kirinyaga, which was the main landmark, became synonymous with the territory the British later claimed as their colony. The name Kenya arose out of the inability of the British to pronounce Kirinyaga correctly.

Dances

One of the most famous dance is the Luo dance.  Flywhisk—Its name in the dancers’ Luo dialect is orengo, and it comes from the tail of a buffalo. Traditionally a symbol of elders, it also serves as a visual cue for choreographer Alfred Anyango Migure to lead his dancers in steps.

Area

Kenya covers an area of approximately 224,960 square miles and lies almost exactly astride the equator.

Capital: Nairobi

 Population: 44.35 million (2013) World Bank

 Currency: Kenyan shilling

 Official Languages: Swahili and English

Culture

Kenya is endowed with a rich historical, cultural and natural heritage and is popularly known as the Cradle of Mankind. Kenya is also one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Africa – no one single cultural element can be used to describe the people as a whole. You could say that the country’s local population easily represents more diversity than many other African countries.

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Kenya-Map

Attractions

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in the Mara Region, in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara,” which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted,” an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.

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