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Kenya Facts

Political Climate
Kenya is flourishing under a stabilizing government. It is a Republic government, which is multiparty with parliamentary procedures. The ruling party is the Kenya African National Union (KANU).

Geography
Kenya's area of 225,000 sq. mi. is nearly one and a half times the size of California or slightly smaller than the province of Alberta. Kenya inland water takes up to 5,250 sq. mi. and straddles the Equator and share a border with the countries of Somalia (east), Ethiopia (north) Sudan (north), Uganda (west) and Tanzania (south).

Capital ~ Nairobi
Nairobi - the largest population center. It has approximately 3.2 million inhabitants. It has become one of the important economic centers in Africa.

Languages
English and Swahili are both widely spoken languages in Kenya.

Currency & Banks
Kenya Shilling - Banks are open from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday thru Friday. Some branches are open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Climate and Best Time to Travel
The weather is generally pleasant year-round with plenty of sunshine and distinct wet and dry seasons. The most rain falls around April and May, although some areas may receive more light rain in November and December.

People & Population
There are more than 70 tribal groups among the Africans in Kenya. Ethnic Africans are members of more than 40 groups belonging to four main linguistic families: Bantu, Nilotic, Paranilotic and Cushitic. The largest ethnic groups are the Bantu who speak Kikuyu, Luhya and Kamba. The population, which, for many years had a growth rate faster than that of any other country in the world, hovers around 30 million, but the rate of increase has at last begun to slow down.

Entry Requirements
United States citizens are required to have a valid passport and a Visa, issued by the Kenya Consulate Office in Washington, DC.

Health
Malaria is a problem in Kenya, so it is advisable that everyone take a precautionary Malaria medicine as prescribed by your doctor. The recommended inoculations are Hepatitis and Tetanus.

Communications
Kenya maintains a good network of telephone, cellular and satellite connections. Most hotels and lodges offer international telephone and fax services. Visitors should be advised that the farther from the city they travel, the more limited telephone service will be. It is advisable to check ahead with hotels or lodges to be sure.

Electricity
The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 v 50 hz. Plugs are a 3 point square.

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