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INTRODUCING KENYA
Kenya is named after Mount Kenya, a major landmark and the second highest mountain peak in Africa.

After decades of colonial rule the country gained its independence from Great Britain in December, 1963 and on December 12, 1964, the Republic of Kenya was proclaimed. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta became its first president and remained in office until his death in 1978.

Daniel arap Moi became president following Kenyatta's death and retained that office until 1988. (He ran unopposed in elections held in 1979, 1983 and 1988). The 1988 election was done by the mlolongo (queuing) system – voters lined up behind their favorite candidate instead of using a secret ballot. This led to a constitutional reform.

Daniel arap Moi was reelected in multiparty elections in 1992 and 1997. He was constitutionally barred from running in 2002 and Mwai Kibaki won and was then re-elected in 2007.

President Kibaki has focused his efforts on generating economic growth, combating corruption, improving education, and rewriting its constitution. As a result, Kenya has remained stable, despite changes in its political system and crises in neighboring countries. Kenya's population is relatively young – over 70% are under the age of 30. The population has also increased rapidly – in just over 80 years, it has grown from less than 3 million to 38 million.

Kenya's tourism industry is the second largest source of revenue within the country, and for good reason. Travellers from around the world come here to enjoy fantastic photo safaris through its 19 national parks and numerous game preserves.

Definitely the most popular game reserve in Kenya is the Masai Mara. It borders the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It's famous for the countless wildebeest that pass through beginning in July of each year.

In addition to wildebeest, lions, hippos, elephants, cheetahs, many other species of animals are easily seen in the Masai Mara.

Another great choice for travellers is Amboseli National Park, one of Kenya's most popular parks. Its views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, coupled with the variety of game to be found is hard to resist. The park's main wildlfe attraction is its large herds of elephants.

Other major attractions In Kenya include the mosques at Mombasa; the renowned scenery of the Great Rift Valley; the coffee plantations at Thika and its beaches along the Indian Ocean.