Kenya is a place where many people aspire being in either by being a tourist or even by engaging their businesses in. With one of the best conducive environments, I bet anyone coming may never want to go back. Kenya is a gorgeous little country on the Eastern side of Africa.
Kenya is a home to the second highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kenya, home to the Maasai Mara and her breathtaking annual wildebeest migration, home to a majority of the world athletics champions and home to an insanely gorgeous coastal line that just so happens to include Mombasa and Lamu.
Kenya is one of the best choices to tourists as they explore nature and wild animals in their reserves.
Kenya being one of the massive tourist destinations, there are still some facts about this beautiful country that even Kenyans are not familiar with.
Ten things you never know about Kenya;
#1. Kenya Values Conservation
Wil wildlife and environmental conservation Kenya is one of the counties leading in fighting the kind of damage that we can do to our world as humans. Kenya has 65 protected areas specifically meant for wildlife conservation. There are also beautiful national parks such as the Meru National Park, Nairobi National Park, Marine parks, National reserves, and sanctuaries.
Kenya is proud to have the very first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Prof. Wangari Maathai who was an environmentalist.
#2. You Can Go, Snake Hunting
If you have ever heard of people hunting snakes then that’s what I mean. Many of us fear snakes a lot and can never even get near to it. kenya has over 100 well-documented species most of which are elusive, poisonous and not the ones to keep company with.
In Watamu, there is an outfit called the ‘Bio-Ken’ which shows you all that Kenya has to offer in terms of snakes. You book tours that will take you through some of the dense forests, rocky cliffs and riverbeds all in the name of finding these elusive creatures(snakes).
#3. Kenya has a ‘cheese tasting’ culture
Almost no one would associate Kenya with cheese. But you never knew that Kenya has a rich cheese testing culture that is a preserve for few enthusiasts who know where to look.
There is a farm called ‘Browns Cheese’ in Limuru that has a cheese factory and offers tasting tours for those interested. in there, you get to know how the cheese is made and eat some bits.
Visit: Brown’s Cheese
#4. Elizabeth became Queen while in Kenya
Did you know Queen Elizabeth became queen while in Kenya? Now you know. Princess Elizabeth was staying at the ‘The Treetops Hotel’ with her husband, now Prince Philip, when she got the news that her father, King George VI, had passed away. Of course, she had to go back home and get coronated, but technically, she became Queen of England while in Kenya.
#5. Kenya is perfect for big blockbuster film locations
You may have never know that some famous movies were shot in Kenya. Hollywood do tour the world to produce all those wonderful movies that we can never get enough of. Kenya being a gorgeous country has been a host to some of the most renowned on-location film shots.
Here are some of the most famous movies shot on location in Kenya.
- Out Of Africa (Perhaps the one movie that shows Kenya’s beauty in its full splendor)
- King Solomon’s Mines
- Nowhere in Africa
- The Constant Gardener
- To Walk With Lions
- Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
- The Ghost and the Darkness
- Mississippi Masala
#6. Kenya has 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places that are recognized as being of great physical or cultural significance. It is a privilege that only some of the most exclusive locations in the world hold; these are places worth preserving, and Kenya has 6 of them!
- Fort Jesus, Mombasa
- Lamu Old Town
- Mount Kenya Forest
- The Sacred Kaya Forest, South Coast
- Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
- Lake Turkana