Kenya - Background information

Natural history

Elephants Kenya Ariadne Van Zandbergen Africa Image LibraryKenya is undoubtedly one of the world's finest wildlife destinations © Ariadne Van Zandbergen, Africa Image Library 

Kenya’s natural assets are legendary, and with good reason. Straddling the Equator, it boasts a remarkable natural variety, ranging from deserts to glacial peaks, lush rainforests to acacia-studded savannah, and palm-lined Indian Ocean beaches to vast inland seas such as lakes Victoria and Turkana. As a result, it supports an incredible variety of life forms, most famously such safari favourites as lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe and leopard, though a better reflection of its biodiversity is the bird checklist of 1,136 species – more than any other African country other than the DRC, despite Kenya ranking a relatively lowly 22nd on the continent in terms of area. These wild places and their inhabitants are protected within a superb network of national park and reserves that include some of the finest safari destinations in the world. 

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