Kenya

Map of Kenya

Kenya, known for its natural beauty, lush foliage and beautiful beaches, has been a land of unending change and diversity with a long, complex history.

The country gained its independence from British’s rule in 1963, but still struggles with poverty, health care and education—all areas volunteers can greatly make a difference in.

If you’ve volunteered in Kenya we’d love to hear about your experience. Please let us know which organization you signed up with, what your trip was like and if you’d recommend the program to others.

FACTS ABOUT KENYA

Capital: Nairobi

Population: 45,010,056
[Source: The World Factbook]

Religion: Christian 82.5% (Protestant 47.4%, Catholic 23.3%, other 11.8%), Muslim 11.1%, Traditionalists 1.6%, other 1.7%, none 2.4%, unspecified 0.7%
[Source: The World Factbook]

Language: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
[Source: The World Factbook]

Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania
[Source: The World Factbook]

Poverty Level: 45.9%
[Source: The World Bank]

Climate: The main tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot. However, the parks can get crowded and rates for accommodation soar – also make sure you avoid Christmas and Easter unless you want to pay much higher prices.

From June to October, the annual wildebeest migration takes place, with thousands of animals streaming into the Masai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti.

During the long rains (the low season, spanning from March to the end of May) things are much quieter. Wildlife is harder to spot and mosquitoes are rife, a combination that keeps most tourists away.
[Source: Lonely Planet]

Vaccines: The CDC recommends that travelers receive Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid shots. They also recommend that depending on the area you’re traveling to some should also get Hepatitis B, Marilia, Rabies, Meningitis (Meningococcal disease) and Yellow Fever vaccines.
[Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention]

Currency: Kenyan Shilling