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An Introduction to Kenya
Covering an area of 580 367 square kilometres, Kenya spans the equator and is bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. Its 550 kilometre coastline to the east is lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, with its highest point being Mount Kenya (5 199m).
One of Kenya's most spectacular geological features is the Great Rift Valley, which passes through the country - an approximately 6 000 kilometre fracture in the crust of the earth running in a series of valleys from Syria to Mozambique. Kenya shares the dramatic and well-known Kilimanjaro with its neighbour Tanzania.
Kenya's biodiversity is fascinating. Endless savannah plains and scorched deserts are interrupted by snow-capped mountains, cool highlands and equatorial forests. The scenic coastline possesses the atmosphere of a paradise island and is sprinkled with colourful coral reefs.
The highland areas of Central Kenya - including the Laikipia Plateau - provide fertile ground for farming, making Kenya one of the most agriculturally productive countries in Africa; this area is considered the fertile breadbasket of the Kenyan people. Four rivers, of which one is perennial, flow through the area making for an even more compelling locale for animals and people alike.
Annually, the country plays host to the remarkable phenomenon of the wildebeest migration, the largest single movement of herd animals on the planet. The open savannah grasslands also teem with plains game and roaming predators year-round. These diverse habitats offer endless opportunities for adventures, new discoveries and relaxation.
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The traditional time for going on safari is from January to March, before the rains start but you can usually get around at all times of year. The Great Migration generally comes to the Mara from the Serengeti between July and October depending on rains.