A Guide to This
Abiri – Swahili for travel – is a guide to this, that in Africa and many things Kenyan. Abiri is different things to different people. To the researcher and first time traveller to Africa, it is an insightful resource that provides up-to-date information on a large number of topics about Africa in an easy-to-navigate platform. It is arranged and imagined systematically from country to country across the 54 nations of Africa – with the aid of strip maps, distances involved, cultures, hotels, airports and the road conditions – making it indispensable. For the ardent traveller in Kenya who has done the popular places, the directory is a way to do it more by discovering places of interest which rarely get under the limelight but make for interesting new trips. Still to others, looking to buff their history and cultural wits, it is a singular resource of its kind available. And for safari lovers too! To others it’s none of these things. It is a discovery almanac of unputdownable holiday offers, latest travel information and recent trends in the industry. In fact, Abiri is all these things. Few other tourism resources in Africa offers such miscellany of subject matter, different in many aspects from the innumerable resources that incline towards the crown-jewels of Africa’s circuit.
That in Africa
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.
That in East Africa
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.
Many Things Kenyan
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.