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A Glimpse into Kenya – It’s History, Culture and Best Places to visit

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The African country Kenya is a popular habitat known for its rich biodiversity, and great safari destinations. It is located in East Africa and got its name from Mount Kenya, the tallest mountain in the country.

While the country’s major agricultural produce and exports are tea, coffee, cut flowers and vegetables, Kenya has also produced one of the toughest rebellions against colonial masters.

Brief History of Kenya’s Colonial Past

Kenya’s colonial past started as early as the 1980s when the British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1985 which was later known as the Kenya colony in 1920.

What is most significant of Kenya’s colonial past is the Mau Mau Political Movement.

According to Merriam-Webster, the term mau-mau comes from a militant African nationalist movement formed among the Kikuyu people of Kenya.

The movement arose in the 1950s in an attempt to violently resist British rule. However, after a campaign of sabotage and assassination attributed to the movement, it was banned by the British Kenya government.

They also began operations against the people of Kikuyu who wouldn’t comply with this ban. Owing to this, thousands of rebels alongside Europeans lost their lives. Rebels were taken to detention camps in an attempt to break their spirits and change their views.

Despite the attempts of the British to frustrate the Mau Mau movement, it spearheaded Kenya’s independence in 1963. Jomo Kenyatta who was jailed as Mau Mau leader in 1953, governed Kenya as its Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964 and then as first President from 1964 to his death in 1978.

Not only is Kenya rich in history and culture but it is also rich in tourist attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit in Kenya:

Best Places to Visit in Kenya

1. Restaurants

Why visit a nation if you won’t try their meals? Africa is known for many things but one of them is its amazing culinary delicacies. Try:

2. Trout Tree Restaurant

It is located in Nanyuki, Kenya. The restaurant is designed and built around a giant fig tree. Situated right below Mount Kenya and beside Burguret River, the restaurant gives the feel as if you are dining right in the middle of a beautiful forest. And the food is just as amazing as the view.

3. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant

This restaurant has an open ceiling with an amazing selection of seafood. It allows you to have a magical dinner on the beach, underneath the stars and moonlight.

There’s also

  • Honey & Dough Gourmet Cafe
  • The Talisman Restaurant
  • Harvest Restaurant

4. Haller Park

Once a quarry wasteland now an ecological area located in Bamburi, Mombasa. If you’re an animal lover this is a perfect place for you. They’ve got hippos, giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes and many more animals as well as a specific feeding time. You just might be able to feed and see the animals up close. Other wonderful parks to visit are

  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve

5. Museums

Museums are awesome places to meet people of like minds. You get to share knowledge, your love of art, culture and history and also expand horizons by soaking in years of history in one place. Check out

  • Fort Jesus Museum
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • Diana Beach Art Gallery


Interesting things to note about Kenya

  1. Kenya is home to the Big Five and the Great Wildebeest Migration
  2. It’s famous for its athletes
  3. It is home to popular actress, Lupita Nyong’o and Barack Obama Snr.
  4. Scenes of popular movies like Inception, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, Rise and Fall of Idi Amin etc., were shot in Kenya
  5. The first female African Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, was from Kenya
  6. The official languages in Kenya are Swahili and English but there are about 62 languages spoken in the country.


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