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Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya is the world's forty-seventh largest country after Madagascar. It lies at 5°N and 42°E. From the coast on the Indian Ocean, the low plains rise to central highlands. The highlands are bisected by the Great Rift Valley; a fertile plateau lies in the east. The Kenyan Highlands comprise one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa. The highlands are the site of the highest point in Kenya (and the second highest in Africa): Mount Kenya, which reaches 5,199 m and is the site of glaciers. Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895 m can be seen from Kenya to the South of the Tanzanian border. Tourists, the largest number from Germany and the United Kingdom, are attracted mainly to the coastal beaches and the game reserves, notably, the expansive Tsavo National Park in the southeast. Tourism has seen a substantial revival over the past several years and is the major contributor to the pick-up in the country's economic growth. Tourism is now Kenya's largest foreign exchange earning sector, followed by flowers, tea, and coffee. In 2006 tourism generated about US$803 million, up from US$699 million the previous year.Kenya is full of surprises: just when you thought it was all about safaris you find out that it also has some of Africa's greatest beaches. Protected by coral reefs, the squeaky-clean white sand Kenya beaches melt into warm tropical waters that are ideal for diving, snorkelling and swimming - and that's before the annual spectacle of whale sharks passing along the Kenya coast around February and March each year.


Posted by Kevintavares 16:41

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