No other country on earth can offer the visitor as much to see and do.

Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich

with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world,

pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty

snow-capped mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats and

endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than

you would ever expect.

Location and topography

Kenya lies astride the equator on

the eastern coast of Africa. It is a medium-sized country by

continental standards, covering an area of about 586,600km sq. Inland

water bodies cover some 10,700km sq, the bulk of this in Lakes Victoria

and Turkana. Kenya has tremendous topographical

diversity, including glaciated mountains with snow-capped peaks, the

Rift Valley with its scarps and volcanoes, ancient granitic hills, flat

desert landscapes and coral reefs and islets.

Kenya's Climate

Generally the climate is warm

and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and

hot and dry in the north and east. Across most of the country,

rainfall is strongly seasonal, although its pattern, timing and extent

vary greatly from place to place and from year to year.  Rainfall

peaks in most areas are in November and April.

Kenya's Water resources

There are five major

drainage basins: Lake Victoria, the Rift Valley, the Athi-Galana-Sabaki

River (and Coastal areas to its south), the Tana River and the northern

Ewaso Ng’iro. The

rift valley contains several basins of internal drainage, forming a

chain of endorheic lakes from Lake Natron on the Tanzanian border,

through Lakes Magadi, Naivasha, Turkana, Elementaita, Nakuru, Bogoria

and Baringo.  These lakes vary in alkalinity; from fresh water Lake Naivasha to the intensely alkaline Lake Magadi.