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Kenya... Briefly

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The Republic of Kenya is located on the Eastern coast of Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya lies on the Equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north, and Somalia to the north-east. The natural landscape includes a coastal plain with sandy beaches, extensive semi-arid plateaus, fertile highlands, and the Great Rift Valley which cuts across the country from north to south. Kenya is strategically located as the primary gateway for East and Central Africa due to its extensive regional and international connectivity. It is home to UNEP and UN-Habitat, the only UN agencies headquartered in a developing nation. Kenya is a Partner/Member State of the EAC, IGAD, COMESA, IACO, AfCFTA, among other regional and multilateral groupings.

Weather: Kenya has a warm and humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline, with wildlife-rich savannah grasslands inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a cool climate that gets colder approaching Mount Kenya. Average temperatures will range from 15°C (59°F) to 24°C (77°F) in May with high probability of rain. According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, rainfall amounts are expected to be above average during the first half of the month and near average during the second half of May.

Population: Kenya has approximately 55 million people. The country comprises young, ambitious and well-educated workforce eager to contribute to its growth and development.

Languages: Kiswahili (official, national and continental); English (official)

Economy: The Kenyan economy is a market-based economy with diverse and vibrant sectors such as agriculture; tourism; finance and banking; manufacturing and assembly; transport and logistics; mining; fisheries; energy; wholesale and retail; and ICT and IT-enabled services. Notably, Kenya is a global leader in mobile-money services, as well as world-renowned exporter of top coffee, tea, avocado, and horticultural products. The national development blueprint, Vision 2030, aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country, providing a high quality of life to all its citizens, and to create a globally competitive nation by the year 2030.

Currency: The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (Ksh). The operational exchange rate is available at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) website www.centralbank.go.ke.

Forex Rate: 1USD to Ksh 115. The most accepted foreign currency is US dollars, but Euros and GBP are easily changed. Exchange of USD can be done at the airport OR Forex Bureaus in the City centre.

Banking Hours: Banking hours are primarily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. All banks are closed on public holidays and Sundays.

Time: Eastern Africa Time (EAT) UTC/GMT +3 Hours

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Nairobi

Nairobi is the administrative and commercial capital of Kenya. It is the largest and most populous city in the country. The ultramodern and rapidly growing Nairobi has over 4 million inhabitants..
Nairobi is a vibrant city with a multicultural appeal that offers a wide array of opportunities to experience the friendly and hospitable Kenyan culture. You can interact with the locals, enjoy a game drive in the Nairobi National Park, visit the Elephant Orphanage, as well as patronize cultural (maasai) markets and shopping malls. The following is a curated list of places and activities you could consider while in Nairobi and its environs:

Arts and Culture: Nairobi National Museum, Kenya Archives, Bomas of Kenya, Heroes Park, art galleries, Kenya National Theatre
Food: Nyama choma, Sukumawiki, Ugali, Githeri, Pilau, Shawarma, Biryani
Entertainment: Experience the glitz and glamour of Nairobi and afro-music live bands
Outdoor Activities: Nairobi Arboretum, Michuki Park, Nairobi Safari Walk, Karura Forest, Fourteen Falls, Ngong Hills, Giraffe Centre, geothermal hotsprings in Naivasha, escarpment viewpoints of The Great Rift Valley, Mt Longonot, Mt Kenya
To learn more, view here... Download Kenya Wildlife Services Tours Brochure

Please contact G-25 ACS Secretariat for information and enquiries..

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