Kenya stands out to be the most suitable place to travel and see her wildlife that showcases itself in a manner not found anywhere else. To understand why Kenya in the first place and why many people around the world include Kenya in their list of “A must visit country“ is because of the following :-
The Kenyan Climate
Kenya lies on the equator, a geographic location that contributes to temperatures been consistently warm in most parts of the country all year round. The long rainy season start around March to May, while the short rainy season runs over November and December. These two life-giving rainy seasons give Kenya a higher concentration of flora and fauna compared to other African countries.
The different weather conditions in the country contribute to the rich biodiversity with rainforest, thorny bushes, grassland savannah to wetlands and semi-deserts; this is a land that harbors over 7,000 species of plants and tress, 25,000 species of animals and 1,000 species of birds.
Despite change in climate all over the world, Mt. Kenya a mountain that was formed due to volcanic activity is perennially snow capped.
The People of Kenya
Kenya is a land to about 30million people. It is from the words engraved not only on the Uhuru Monument but also in their hearts of ”Peace, Love and Unity” that Kenyans live in harmony and show a great deal of hospitality to visitors.
Swahili is the most spoken language with English as a National language. Kenyans are known for their hardworking ability and well famed all over the world for their talent in long and middle-distance runners in various international track events.
In the last five years Kenya’s infrastructure has improved tremendously making it possible to reach destinations that were inaccessible earlier.
Kenya has two major international airports, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Jomo Kenyatta International airport handles a roughly three and a half million passengers annually not to mention the on-going expansion program that will see a building of a second runaway and plans to get Boeing in the near future.
European carriers, Asian and Middle East airlines fly to Nairobi, providing a large choice of airlines making airfares to Kenya more competitive.
The roads in Kenya are taking a new look. With foreign contractors pouring in to rehabilitate and construct new roads, Kenya will be able to accommodate more traffic , traveling will consume less time and most importantly the development of areas with vast resources which were inaccessible and closed from the market.
The government has also seen to it that bumpy and dusty roads leading to the wildlife reserves are newly constructed and maintained allowing visitors and tour operators to commute faster and experience less discomfort over long journeys.
The availability of a port in Mombasa has opened the country to trade with other countries. Underway plans to open a second port will double Kenya’s imports and export through severing landlocked countries and offering competitive prices for ferrying goods by sea.
Hub of International Affairs
Kenya has made good business ties with many countries over a long period of time earning trust and friendship. From these relations, many countries have established their foreign missions; it is also in Kenya where International Non-governmental organizations have established their headquarters making the capital city a hub of international affairs. It is from her awareness that Kenya has attracted foreign investors and keeps on attracting tourist guests all year round.
There are around 50 National parks and reserves in Kenya which are protected and well maintained by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
The Kenya Wildlife Service brought about drastic change which has seen animals that were becoming extinct increase in large numbers. By constructing National Parks and reserves in area inhabited by wildlife, man’s activities such as farming or deforestation are no longer a threat to the wildlife.
The Kenya wildlife Service deployed more security wardens to watch out poaching activities. Kenya does not support poaching and this has seen animals such as elephants, rhinos and leopards increase by large numbers in most of the national parks.
The conditions in National Parks have improved. Roads have been constructed within reserves making it easy for tourist to navigate much easily. It has also made it possible to travel deeper in the reserves making it easier and safer to spot animals.
Wildlife research centers have been established in various parts of the country to research on how to improve, maintain and eradicate diseases among the Kenyan wildlife.
A great fighter for tree protection and a member of the green belt movement, a Nobel Prize winner the Late Professor Wangari Mathai goes out of her way to see the Karura forest protected. This is a region known for its water catchment for rivers that support the Kenyan wildlife and also have a great effect on the Kenya’s water cycle.
A growing nation is a healthy nation. Kenya started a national wide awareness campaign to educate, treat and prevent against Malaria, AIDs and Polio. The improvement of Health facilities and affordable medical care has ensured that the people of Kenya can get medical treatment. The number of HIV related cases has gone down and Malaria is no longer a threat to the Kenyan nation.