About Kenya

Lying on the equator, Kenya has always been one of Africa’s top destinations for tourists going to the vast continent. Mount Kenya, Lake Victoria, tropical beaches on the Indian Ocean and some of Africa’s best wildlife parks have been the reason for this.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s anthropologist L.S.B Leaky found fossils which would suggest that human life lived in the country as far back as 2 million years ago, possibly the earliest evidence of life on earth.

Over the ages settlers from different countries have moved to Kenya. Ethiopian farmers settled there, as did people from south Sudan. The Portuguese established themselves in Kenya in the 15th Century and the UK made it a British colony in 1920. It wasn’t until 1963 that Kenya became a fully independent state and in 1964 Kenya became a republic.

Today Kenya has a population of almost 30 million people, 97% of which are of African decent. 40 ethnic groups divide the population, and the majority of them speak Swahili and English. While it does enjoy a healthy tourism industry, its biggest industry is agriculture with coffee and tea grown in the highlands.

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