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Tourism In Kenya.

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TOURISM IN KENYA Geography Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Geographic coordinates: 1 00 N, 38 00 E Area: total: 582,650 sq km land: 569,250 sq km water: 13,400 sq km Area - Comparative: Slightly more than twice the size of Nevada Land boundaries: Total: 3,446 KM Border countries: Ethiopia 830 KM, Somalia 683 km, Sudan 232 km, Tanzania 769 km, Uganda 933 km. Coastline: 536 KM Maritime claims: continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation exclusive economic zone: 200 NM territorial sea: 12 NM Climate: Varies from tropical along coastline to arid in interior Terrain: Low plain rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west. Elevation extremes: Lowest point: Indian ocean 0M Highest point: Mount Kenya 5,199M Natural Resources: Gold, limestone, soda ash, salt barites, rubies, fluorspar, garnets, wildlife & hydropower. Land use: Arable land: 7% Permanent crops: 1% Permanent pastures: 37% Forests and woodland: 30% Other: 25% (1993 est.) Irrigated land: 660 sq KM (1993 est.) Natural hazards: Recurring drought in northern and eastern regions; flooding during rainy sessions. Environment - current issues: Water pollution from urban and industrial wastes; degradation of water quality from increased use of pesticides and fertilizers; water hyacinth infestation in lake Victoria; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; poaching. ...read more.

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Electricity - consumption: 4.075 billion kWh (1999) Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (1999) Electricity - imports: 146 million kWh (1999) Agriculture - products: coffee, tea, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables; dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, eggs Exports: $1.7 billion (f.o.b., 2000 est.) Exports - commodities: tea, coffee, horticultural products, petroleum products, fish, cement Exports - partners: Uganda 18%, UK 15%, Tanzania 12%, Pakistan 8% (1999) Imports: $3 billion (f.o.b., 2000 est.) Imports - commodities: machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, iron and steel machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, iron and steel: UK 12%, UAE 8%, Japan 8%, US 7% (1999) Debt - external: $6.2 billion (2000) Economic aid - recipient: $457 million (1997) Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES) Currency code: KES Exchange rates: Kenyan shillings per US dollar - 78.733 (December 2000), 76.176 (2000), 70.326 (1999), 60.367 (1998), 58.732 (1997), 57.115 (1996) Fiscal year: 1 July - 30 June People Population: 30,765,916 note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the Age structure: 0-14 years: 41.95% (male 6,524,776; female 6,381,192) 15-64 years: 55.26% (male 8,529,842; female 8,471,609) ...read more.

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The Akosombo Dam and cruise on the Volta Lake. Dodo Islands: Offers the visitor contact with rural life at its best. Boti Falls: Located in the Kaoga District at Boti near Huhunya and close to the regional capital, Koforidua. This little waterfall in a forest provides opportunity for nature lovers to see an undisturbed forest environment. Akonedi Shrine, Larte 56 kilometres north of Accra on the Akwapem Ridge where visitors are welcome to traditional religious performance. The Central and Western Regions One of Ghana's major tourist products are relics of forts and castles built by European empires some five hundred year ago, representing historical links between Africa and blacks in the Americas, who are in search of their roots in Africa and European countries and they regard their former colonial stronghold as cultural footings for friendly contact with Africa. The Cape Coast Castle: 144 kilometres west of Accra, built by the Swedish in 1653. It now houses the WEST AFRICAN MUSEUM of History. Elimina Castle: 153 kilometres west of Accra. The first European built edifice in tropical Africa by the Portuguese in 1482. Nkroful: 40 kilometres west of Takoradi. The birthplace of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana. At his mausoleum the preserved body of the President can by viewed on request. Nzulezo - The Village on Water: 90 Kilometres west of Takoradi and 5 km north of Benyin. Normal life of the inhabitants is led on this lake. ...read more.

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