Africa often appears stuck in yesterday’s vision of tomorrow. Rondavel thatched huts remain common. Indigenous languages, and there are over two thousand voiced across the continent, remain widely popular in communication. Africa of the 1900’s may have inspired the blooming cityscapes, bustling with the hitcher and thither of modern times, complete with latest technology as can be found anywhere in the world, but the innocence of the wildscapes of Africa that were headline news when the earliest explorers and merchants visited the continent remain ubiquitous. From the strait of Gibraltar in Morocco, that narrow strait connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separating Africa from Europe, crossing the Mediterranean – through Algeria, Tunisia, Libya to Egypt – down to the Sahara, over the highland of Ethiopia, down to the Indian Ocean and south to the rainbow nation Africa holds beauty, optimism, and one of the most beloved and stunning safari and cultural arenas. Discover a land of plenty and variety, where people come to escape and rediscover themselves. A continent with its own unique culture and way of life. In an effort to conjure some of the surprises Africa holds, Abiri aims to expands your art and culture, geography and history. To give a simple knowledge of the peoples and countries of Africa as they are today that will enliven the interest of readers and travellers.
The better-known East Africa Community Tourism Block is comprised of three countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – which collectively cover a gross area of 1,768,768 km2 (Kenya 582,644 km2, Uganda 241,037 km2 and Tanzania 945,087 km2). East Africa lies almost in the centre of Africa and the equator runs through both Kenya and Uganda. On East Africa’s northern boundary lies the highland of Ethiopia (the most elevated plateau in Africa), the semi-deserts of Somalia, and the low-lying plains of the Sudan. On the west lies the Congo. To the south lie Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. On the east the coasts are lined by Indian Ocean. Zanzibar (Unguja) Island is the main island of Tanzania. To put the size of East Africa Community Tourism into perspective, it’s almost seven times the size of England, Wales and Scotland; or is nearly a quarter the size of the United States. East Africa is globally famous for its eccentric wildlife displays and extremely vast topography which ranges from high plateaus, snow-capped mountains, deserts and of rolling scapes. East Africa also has some of the largest lakes in the world, notably Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake and Lake Tanganyika. Of the five mountains in Africa whose peaks rise over 14,000 feet, its only three permanently snow-capped are found in East Africa – Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Kenya (Kenya) and the Ruwenzoris (on the border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo). They were first climbed in that order – Kilimanjaro being first in 1888, Kenya second in 1889, and the Ruwenzoris in 1906. The East Africa Community is the leading touring destination in Sub-Saharan Africa, with steady growth as a regional destination.
Kenya is a terrific place. It’s all of Africa in one country. It carries an ecological solitaire of all the paradigmatic landscapes of Africa – developed coastal strip; thousands of kilometres square of uninterrupted protected reserves; viridescent highlands; snow-capped mountain peaks; thick tropical forests; the picturesque Great Rift Valley; tremendous hot dry plains which carry the most spectacular concentration of wildlife; and picture-postcard desert dunes in the eye of the sun. It is also a land of sunshine. Few countries offer so vibrantly such diversity in relative area, allowing travellers to pack in multiple exciting interests which, elsewhere in the world, would prerequisite much more travel and planning. One competitive advantage Kenya has over such destinations as the Far East and the Caribbean is the closeness of its fine beaches to areas of wildlife reserves, thus enabling travellers to combine beach and safari holidays. It’s a place to explore unfamiliar horizons, new thrills and colourful cultures. Each County of Kenya has unique riches and the discovery of memorable adventures – in abundance. One is assured that in any direction they take in Kenya, great experience awaits.
The idea of adventure is as Kenyan as safari – a concept so unique that no one else can claim the same and launch it on the market – and yet, devising a trail for touring Kenya is a bit of a difficult proposition inasmuch as on the road is the best way to see Kenya. What if you took a list of all the must-see Kenyan attractions and plotted a circuit to hit all of them? Your plan would probably look like this. Abiri, Swahili for travel, is a complete guide to 1,500 attractions across Kenya. It is arranged and imagined systematically as one would travel from region to region across the 47 counties with aid of strip maps, distances involved, climate, hotel guide and road conditions, making it indispensable. It is different things to different people. To the researcher and first-time traveller to Kenya, it is an insightful and comprehensive resource providing up-to-date details on a large number of interests around Kenya in an easy-to-navigate site.
If you are planning your first trip to Kenya, it is no longer an overwhelming experience. If you have decided your own itinerary, or doing smaller circuits on a consecutive basis, this guide helps you make the best of your travels. For the ardent traveller in Kenya who has done the popular places, it is a boost to do it more by uncovering attractions that rarely get under the limelight but make for interesting new adventures. Still to others, looking to buff their foundational knowledge of Kenya, it is a singular resource of its kind available. And for the safari lover too! To others it is none of these things. It is a discovery almanac that finally paints the complete picture of Kenya. In fact, it is all these things. Few other travel sites in the market today offer such variety of subject matter, different in many aspects from those limited to the paragons of Kenya’s circuit.