The one minute summary on Kenya

This is it: one minute to the best info on Kenya. This info alone will put you ahead of 99% of foreigners visiting Kenya, garner the admiration of the locals who will instantly want to be your friends, and the envy of your fellow travelers. Read on. You’ll make friends faster that way, become a traveler instead of simply being a tourist, and also enjoy your travels a lot more.

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Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991.

The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform. KIBAKI’s NARC coalition splintered in 2005 over a constitutional review process.

Government defectors joined with KANU to form a new opposition coalition, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which defeated the government’s draft constitution in a popular referendum in November 2005. KIBAKI’s reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. African Union-sponsored mediation led by former UN Secretary General Kofi ANNAN in late February 2008 resulted in a power-sharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister.

The power sharing accord included a broad reform agenda, the centerpiece of which was constitutional reform. In August 2010, Kenyans overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution in a national referendum. The new constitution introduced additional checks and balances to executive power and significant devolution of power and resources to 47 newly created counties. It also eliminated the position of prime minister following the first presidential election under the new constitution, which occurred on 4 March 2013. Uhuru KENYATTA, the son of founding president Jomo KENYATTA, won the March elections in the first round by a close margin and was sworn into office on 9 April 2013.

That was it. I promised one minute.

For other condensed info check also my other posts on local culture (don’t make the mistakes I made), local food or local drinks. And when you call your friends to tell them you were by far the most knowledgeable at the party, do that with confidence that you’ll not get hit with a 6.99 per minute bill. You’ll also pick the local food from the tray, and order a local drink with confidence.

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Now, cheers to the most Kenya aware person at the cocktail party.

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Best places to see in Kenya

Kenya has some of the world’s best game reserves where you can see some of the finest African flora and fauna. The parks are famous for lions, giraffes, elephants and huge herds of zebras, wildebeests and buffaloes. It’s wise to shop around for tour operators before picking one, to see what’s currently on offer, who you vibe with, and to get a competitive price. The annual wildebeest migration (from Maasai Mara to the Serengeti) is an awesome sight and best experienced in a balloon safari.

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Bookings to watch the migration are best done months in advance due to the high demand and limited lodging available in the Mara. Migration is during August and September. Kenya also is a great destination for beach holidays, with several located along the coastal regions and the city of Mombasa. Kenya is also becoming a golf holiday destination, with an abundance of beautiful courses around the major urban areas. Green fees range from US$15-40 per round, plus a US$5-7 caddy fee.

The Northern parts of Kenya are home to some spectacular tribes living very traditional lifestyles – you can start to encounter these remarkable socieities near to and around the main road North into Ethiopia (the A2 which runs through Marsabit and into Moyale at the Ethopian border), as well as West of this in places such as Wamba, Maralal, Baragoi, Korr, Kargi, South Horr, etc. Overland Travel Adventures, Nairobi, ? +254738878211, . A tour operator committed to supporting and engaging with community projects, and encouraging guests to visit the projects and have the opportunity to experience the positive work being undertaken by local people for their own communities. OTA also takes guests to all the normal safari destinations as well.

Elefant Tours (GRODT TOURS & Experiences), ? +27 (0) 21 852 6628, . Elefant Tours is a member of Adventure Travel Trade Association and offers a wide variety of tours in Kenya. Ranging from safaris, trekking, overland and self-drives. 4WD Kenya, Krishna Mansion 2nd Floor Suite 36 (Moktar Daddah Street, Opp. Jeevanjee Gardens), ? +254722748561, . 08:00-20:00. Rent a car in Kenya with 4WD Kenya and find the lowest car rental rates in Kenya. USD70. African Servalcat Safaris Ltd, Box 4628 00100 GPO Nairobi,Kenya, ? +254722691988, . A well established registered,licensed,incorporated and Bonded local tour operator offering personalized services and affordable thrilling Africa Wildlife Lodge Camping Safaris Tours Holidays Trips Kenya Tanzania