Kenya, Africa

A Beautiful Place

Where it is

Kenya is located on the continent of Africa. There are about 46 million people in Kenya. English and Kiswahilli are the official languages of the Kenyan people. "Jambo" is how to say hello in Kiswahilli, and the word for lion is "simba". The lion is their national symbol.

The flag of Kenya has specific colors. There is a Maasai shield and crossed spears in the middle of the flag. "The color black symbolizes the majority population. The color red symbolizes the blood shed in the struggle for freedom. Green stands for natural wealth, and white for peace. The shield and crossed spears symbolize the defence of freedom."

(Inforamation found in the CIA Factbook at

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The Climate

Kenya is located on the Equator and has a pleasant tropical climate. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer. There is, however, both a dry and wet season. The average high temperature is about 76 degrees, and the average low temperature is about 50 degrees. When it is summer in North America, it is winter in Kenya.

The landscape

There are a variety of landscapes in Kenya. From the Mt. Kenya and other mountians of the Rift Vally to the flatlands of the Maasai Mara. Kenya also has a rainforest and beaches on the coastline of the Indian Ocean.

The Food

Kenyans eat a lot of fresh food. There are a lot of food roadside markests in Kenya where you can buy fruit and vegetables. Kenyans use many fresh vegetables to make dishes like Ugali, Sukuma Wiki, and Chapatis.

Customs & Traditions

Kenyan customs are similar and different to Hispanic customs and tradtions. Families all live together and all of the adults help raise all the kids. Moms usually tie their babies on their backs. At celebrations, people usually eat goat, and wedding celebrations last for 8 days.

In the Maasai tribe, they spit on each other as a way of blessing. Men spit on babies when they are born, and Maasai warriors spit in their hands before they shake on a deal.

The Music

The music of Kenya is polyrhythmic, which means that there are many different beats at one time. One of the main instruments is the drums. Traditional singing is call and response. One person sings something, and other people respond back.
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My Trip

My family and I went to Kenya. We went to an elephant orphanage, and I fed the giraffes. We went camping on safari at Samburu National Park. We saw lions, crocodiles, an elephant parade, and a baby leopard. We also went on safari at the Masaai Mara. Once, on our way back to camp, we saw two cheetahs, a mom and a playful teenager. In the mornings during breakfast, we saw zebras in our camp. We saw lots of animals there, like lions, zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, and even a chameleon. The great wildebeest migration was happening while we were there. There were hundreds of thousands of them! It was my mom's birthday while we were there, and we went to ride ostriches. Kenya was super fun!
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