About Kenya

Kenya  is a country in East Africa, the Republic of Kenya borders the Indian Ocean to the southeast, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, and Somalia to the northeast. Lake Victoria is shared between Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. The capital is Nairobi. The total area is 58,000 sq. km and the population is 39 million. There are over 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya. Mount Kenya is the second highest in Africa and the country take its name from the mountain.

Kenya and Tourism and Safaris

The services sector contributes 63 percent of the country’s GDP and is dominated by tourism. Tourism has grown steadily since independence. Most tourists come from the U.K. and Germany to the game reserves and beaches. Tsavo National Park in the southeast is a well-known reserve. Tourism earned $803 million in 2006. It is the largest earner of foreign exchanges.

Kenya’s geographical diversity is born of the Great Rift Valley, an awesome natural divide that bisects the country. An age old route for both human and animal migration, the floor of the rift is home to a series of freshwater and soda lakes, each one supporting its own unique ecosystem. At several of the soda lakes the visitor can witness the astonishing spectacle of thousands of flamingo (both lesser and greater) gathering together to feed and breed.

Southern Kenya is Maasai land, and here Maasai communities maintain a traditional way of life. This is the home of the Maasai Mara Reserve, 588 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. This world famous reserve supports an array of animal species with large grazing herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, Buffalo and Topi. The Acacia woodlands are alive with birdlife. The Mara and Talek rivers are home to Hippos and Crocodiles. Everywhere there is a profusion of life.

In Western Kenya, there is rainforest and the wide blue waters of Lake Victoria. This lake is the home of the massive Nile Perch, a challenging freshwater trophy for any game fishing devotee.

The Kenyan Coastline is a paradise of palm fringed beaches and the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. Extensive Coral reef systems with spectacular sea life make for world class diving.

 

About KECOBAT

The Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) network was launched in August 2003 as a membership umbrella organization representing the interest of Community Based Tourism (CBT) organizations in Kenya.

It aims to facilitate information sharing; delivering appropriate technical support and advisory services; mediating and lobbying their interests to government and other relevant institutions and thereby integrating community concerns into national tourism.

Contact Us

Ngong' Road, Kiserian Besta Court

P.O BOX 42745 - 00100,

Nairobi, Kenya   

Tel: +254 (0) 20 231 9458

Cell: +254 726 489 446,

      +254 720 931 120

Email: info@kecobat.org

Website: www.kecobat.org