Acacia tree in Masa Mara

Kenya, like most countries, cannot be defined by just a couple of stereotypes. You probably know about the beautiful animals of Kenya. You may even know someone who has been on a safari.

Zebras in Masa Mara Lions in Masa Mara Hippos in Masa Mara

No doubt, seeing these animals up close is a once-in-a-lifetime event. But it is only a part of this amazing country.

Lion in Masa Mara Giraffe in Masa Mara

With a short plane flight, you can go from 105° to 50° and terrain that varies from desert to fertile farmland.

Rift Valley Rift Valley 2 Rift Valley home

The beautiful Great Rift Valley at its highest peaks and lowest valleys offers lush, green pastures.
The coffee and tea plants are in abundance. Lots of rain makes it possible.

Tea farm Tea farm 2 Road in Rift Valley

From here, go north and you will see the ground quickly change from green to brown as the desert takes over.

Mt Longonot - former volcano Desert below

Old Springs resort outside Lodwar Over Lodwar Camel in Lodwar

Church may be held under a tree or maybe even in a small building made from termite dirt.

church under a tree Termite dirt church outside Lodwar

And even in the desert, there are lakes…

Typical Turkana hut Lake Turkana

Welcome to Nairobi, the fast-moving capital city of Kenya. The city’s 2.9 million people whirl about each other on foot, on bicycles, in cars and matatus (small buses), and you are just sure one false move will throw the whole system into a tailspin. It is the most populous city in East Africa and the 4th largest in all of Africa.

Downtown Nairobi Nairobi traffic Nairobi cows in the city

It is estimated that half of Nairobi’s population live in slums which cover only 5% of the city area. The drought in Kenya has forced many to move to the city with hopes of finding a better life. That, in addition to poor planning and lack of jobs have attributed to the enormous growth of the slums. Kibera (bottom right)is the largest slum in Nairobi and the largest in all of Africa, covering two square kilometers. It has been the setting for several films, the most recent being The Constant Gardener.

Coca-cola stand Slum View Overlooking Kibera

Water bucket Orphanage meal time Orphanage-washing dishes

Gorgeous valleys, vast lakes and even skyscrapers don’t hold a candle to the country's richest resource, it’s PEOPLE. And, they are as varied as the landscape.

Turkana woman Turkana child Turkana mother with children

Family Bead makers Turkana boys

Three men Maasai children Sewing school uniforms

Jacob's church outside of Lodwar Maasai group of men Two women

More about Kenya

Ethnicities:There are 42 tribes in Kenya
 Indigenous beliefs10%
Age structure:0-1442.1%
Life expectancy:49 years
HIV/AIDS:Adult prevalence rate6.7% (2003)
 Living with HIV/AIDS1.2 million (2003)
 Deaths in 2003150,000

Sources: The World Fact Book