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Geography

 

The east african Replublic of Kenya is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia,

Somalia and the Indian Ocean and crossed by the equator. The Great Rift Valley runs the lenght of the country. Much of Kenya is plateaux with highland areas. Mount Kenya, an extinct volcano is the second highest mountain on the continent. The main rivers are the Tana and the Galana. Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana are two of Africas greatest lakes. Nairobi is Kenyas capital: The main port is Mombasa.

 

Environment & Wildlife

 

Kenyas natural environment is varied: Coral reefs along the coast line. tropical rainforests, savannah, semi-desert and alpine regions. Its plant life includes rain forest flora as well as a worldwide unique alpine flora in the Mount Kenya region. Like other rain forests, the Kenyan forests have suffered severe deforestation. As part of its conservation programme, Kenya has many parks and reserves, home to more than thousand species of birds and other wildlife of which the most famous are the Elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, rhinos and Hippopotamos.

 

 

Climate through the Year

 

December - March (summer):

Temperatures do not often exceed 32C (90F). The coastal area can be very humid hereas the highlands are recommended for the most healthful climate on earth.

 

April / May:

The rain season with heavy showers mostly on late afternoons or during the night.

 

June - August (Winter):

Temperatures range from 19C (50F) to 26C (78F). To most visitors this is a comfortable range and a very good time for seeing the annual migration of the wildebeests and zebras in the Maasai Mara.

 

September - November:

Climate is about the same as in April / /May. Small rains occur during late October and early November.