• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

For my GCSE Geography research project I have been asked to look at the impacts of Tourism in Kenya.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Contents page 1. Introduction 2. Background information 3. Physical features and tourist attractions 4. Climate features 5. People of Kenya and cultural features 6. Vegetation and wildlife 7. Factors that have led to growth of tourism 8. Benefits and problems of tourism Geography tourism project Introduction For my GCSE Geography research project I have been asked to look at the impacts of Tourism in Kenya. I am going to be covering background information, which includes; the physical features and tourist attractions, climate features, people of Kenya and cultural features, vegetation and wildlife. I am also going to be looking at the factors that have led to the growth of tourism in Kenya and the benefits and problems tourism has caused. Background information Kenya is a less economically developed country (LEDC) in east Africa. Kenya covers an area of 582,646 square kilometres - the United Kingdom is 244,100 square kilometres in area. Kenya has a population of around 30 million, compared with the UK's 60 million. Kenya is situated astride the equator and has a hot, tropical climate. The country is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia and to Kenya's east is the Indian Ocean. Figure 1 shows the map of Africa and an arrow showing where Kenya is located. Physical features and tourist attractions In Kenya there are two basic areas, plains (low grassy areas) ...read more.

Middle

In Mombassa is the Fort Jesus Museum, a history museum housed in a 16th-century Portuguese fort. The Kitale Museum features displays on scientific and historical topics. Vegetation and wildlife Vegetation in the north and northeast is sparse, primarily consisting of thorn bush. In the south area there are acacias and tree cacti of the Euphorbia genus. The giant Baobab (Adansonia digitata), of the Bombacacea family, outstands for its spectacularity, sometimes growing to 18m high and with the trunks reaching 9m in diameter. Its long and pulpy fruit is good for eating, and the bark is used for manufacturing ropes and cloth. Vegetation is more diverse and abundant only at the oasis in the north and northeast, in the river valleys and in areas such as Ta�ta Hills, with an alpine-like landscape. Given the extension of the arid regions, the biggest part of Kenya's land consists of deserts or semi-deserted steppes. Most visitors to Kenya want to experience the country's world famous wildlife. But there are many different ways to experience the Kenyan wilderness. Whether you want to drive by a pride of lions in a four wheel drive, walk through herds of plains game, watch a herd of elephants from the comfortable veranda of a safari lodge, track game on horseback or search for rare birds in a thick rainforest, the possibilities are endless. ...read more.

Conclusion

The noise by the vehicle may also be disturbing to some wildlife. Its negative impact might be higher in long term. Increased tourist facilities have caused the loss of habitat and naturalness of the area. Lodges and attractive places have been spoilt by garbage and sewage disposal problems. Garbage attracts carrion-eaters such as hyenas, baboons, velvet monkeys and marabou storks. These problems are of concern to the reserve's management because animals can be obvious threats to people, including tourists. Another impact of garbage is that some scavengers, such as hyenas, may change their natural feeding habits and became permanent garbage feeders. In the Coast, the local residents are Muslims. The Islamic females have to dress their whole body to avoid attracting men but as tourists go by they show parts of their body that is forbidden for Muslims. The darker side about tourism is that the local people then go into drugs n drinking and prostitution. Ladies look for boys for sex, so instead of boys going to the church, they have sex with ladies for money and this is affecting society. Tourists diving and standing on the coral kill the living organisms, as they are extremely delicate and tender. Anchors being dropped of boats constantly batter the coral and it is illegal to harm the coral. Tourists take shells and starfish that are a vital link to the ecosystem. 140 tones of shells and coral are removed out every year for selling. Sohil Hirani ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Global Interdependence & Economic Transition section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Global Interdependence & Economic Transition essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Investigating Travel & Tourism

    5 star(s)

    Marketing campaigns are designed to appeal to these segments. Its expertise and overseas office network help the British tourism industry to reach overseas customers cost effectively. BTA'S overseas offices work closely with the British diplomatic and cultural staff, the local travel trade and media to stimulate interest in Britain.

  2. Different types of travel destination. Study of Cardiff and Barcelona as travel destinations.

    The majority of International flights land or take off from T2a but the National airline Iberia is generally operated from T2b. The airport offers many services including a bureaux de change. There are also car hire services from many companies including Avis and Hertz.

  1. International Ecotourism Management: Using Australia and Africa as Case Studies.

    He found high levels of visitor satisfaction with the park and with the visit experience. However, increased use has led to rising concerns about too many safari vehicles, off road driving and poor picnic facilities. Sournia (1996) contrasts the management of park tourism in western Africa to that of eastern Africa.

  2. Pros and Cons of Tourism in Windsor

    PERCENTAGES OF VEHICLE ENTERING AND LEAVING Local bus Tourist Coach Taxis Cars Vehicles Commercial 8% 6% 10% 42% 34% IN 15% 3% 53% 6% 23% OUT During my visit to Windsor I have also asked several questions which related to Windsor and tourism.

  1. The Board of directors of Barclays have asked me to submit a formal business ...

    Barclays together with Vodafone also introduced WAP (Wireless application protocol) banking for its customers which was a big leap towards the modernisation of banking. WAP customers are able to check their accounts making banking comfortable. The internet is an array of inter connected networks to which millions of computers around the world are attached.

  2. Investigating Travel and Tourism

    This graph from www.statistics.gov.uk During most of the 1990s, the growth in average earnings has outpaced the growth in retail prices. The graph shows that despite the fact earnings are going down slowly, so is retail price at a much faster rate.

  1. Geography GCSE Welsh board Coursework

    Windermere and most of the wide selection of diesel and steam trains connect with Windermere Lake Cruises. Bowness-on-Windermere became a civil parish in 1894 at the same time an urban district council was formed for the town. The UDC merged with Windermere UDC in 1905 and the two civil parishes merged in 1974 under the name of Windermere.

  2. What is the impact of Tourism and Recreation on Epping Forest?

    The original task presented and handed out to all students was to find and analyse set pieces of data to be eventually extracted from Epping Forest. The data will cover two different pieces of land, located inside of Epping

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work