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Kenya is a republic of East Africa bordered on the southeastern side by the Indian Ocean Somalia on the east Ethiopia on the north Sudan on the northeast Uganda on the west and Tanzania on the south The chief rivers are the Tana and Athi They both flow southeast to the Indian Ocean The Nzoia Yala and Groi rivers flow into Lake Victoria Other popular countries are Uganda Somalia Tanzania Ethiopia Tanganyika The Kenya Highlands are bisected from north to south by a Rift Valley which extends across the country from Lake Tuikana to the Tanzania border This valley cuts through Eastern Africa from the Red Sea into Malaevi West of the Rift Valley the land slopes to a plain bordering Lake Victoria Kenya has about 300 miles coastline on the Indian Ocean The only lowlands in Kenya are along the Indian Ocean in a narrow belt Inland are three upland areas that include a belt of low plateaus in the east The Kenya Highlands Great Rift Valley in the west central regions and the broad uplands of the Lake Victoria Basin in the west The Kenya Highlands rise 13000 feet in the Aberdare Range and forms the steep eastern edge of the rift valley and to more than 10000 feet in the Mau Escarpment they rise to a high point of 17058 feet on Mount Kenya Kenyas low lying coastal plain has a humid climate Inland northern regions are drier areas The higher inland regions receive more rainfall Some well known places in Kenya are Nairobi which is the capital of Kenya Some other places are Mombasa and Wajir Other important places in Kenya are Maru National Park which is Kenyas network of wildlife preserves Mount Kenya is another important place because it is the second highest peak after Kilimanjaro Some important events from early and present history are that Africa nationalism developed in opposition to British colonial rule Kenya declared Independence on December
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