Kenya is a democratic country, assembled from a mosaic of tribal areas at the end of the 19th century by the British. It covers a total area of 582,750 km ² (14 times the size of The Netherlands for example) and lies on both sides of the equator. It covers every imaginable landscape, from snow-capped volcanoes to arid desert, with altitudes ranging from sea level to 5199 m in addition to a coastline of 480 km, an area of 13,600 km ² covered with water, most of which is conatined by the immense Lake Victoria. Kenya borders Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Flora and fauna
Many people will travel to this area to get acquainted with the African animals in their natural environment. Although they are protected, it's easy to see them. Everywhere are wild animals, not only within the park boundaries. The animals can be easily seen in the national parks and game reserves. You will need some patience with the rarer species though because the animals live in the wild and are not bound to fixed locations. The large mammals are the main attraction of the Kenyan countryside, but in terms of variation and pure numbers they are dwarfed by the feathered population. Kenya already owns no less than 1033 known species of birds. New species are still being discovered. They vary is size from the small honey bird to the huge ostrich. You find them in all colours of the rainbow and a few more also. The flora of Kenya is colourful, beautiful and often eccentric. The approximately 10,000 recorded species exhibit an extremely wide range: from sterile flowers on the side of the road to huge trees like the baobab. For lovers there are several, often beautifully illustrated books on the market with hundreds of pages of information about plants and animals of this part of the world.