Kenya Facts for Kids – 5 Cool Facts about Kenya

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Do you like to visit Kenya someday? Let’s discover five cool Kenya facts for kids.

Kenya Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: There Are Over 60 Languages Spoken in Kenya

Kenya is very diverse in the languages spoken there but the two official languages of Kenya are English and Kiswahili, which is also called Swahili. If you visit Kenya and want to say hello to the natives that speak Kiswahili you can say:

“Jambo!” This means Hello!

You can also say “Mambo vipi!” This means how’s it going?

Kenya Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Animals Like Elephants, Lions, Cheetah, Giraffes, Hippos and Rhinos in Kenya

Kenya is home to many amazing animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and rhinos. These animals were once hunted because of their beauty and size but Kenya has made hunting them illegal to protect them. The nature reserves that are set up in Kenya give these animals a safe place to live and people work there to help feed and care for the animals. They also make sure that there are no risks to the animals’ habitat.

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Grey elephants on green grass field

Kenya Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The Second Biggest Mountain in Africa is Called Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano and it stands at 5,199 metres tall. That is 20 times taller than the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is the second tallest mountain in all of Africa, the tallest is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania it is almost 700 metres taller than Mount Kenya.

 Mount Kenya is a volcano but it is extinct as it has not erupted since 2.6 million years ago. That’s a very long time. The mountain is also where Kenya got its name, Kenya would have been called something different if it wasn’t for its impressive mountain.

Kenya Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Kenyans Prefer Tea to Coffee

Some of the best coffee in the world is grown in Kenya, and the growth and sale of coffee beans as well as flowers and tea are very important to the Kenyan economy.

Kenyan people would rather sell the coffee beans than drink the coffee as they prefer tea and coffee is more valuable to sell than to drink. The type of tea they drink is called chai tea, and the word chai means tea. So, chai tea translates to tea tea. What a funny name.

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Kenya Facts for Kids Fact number 5: The World’s Largest Desert Lake Is in Kenya

Lake Turkana is located in the Kenyan Rift Valley which was caused by shifting in the Earth’s crust 20 million years ago. The lake is also the world’s biggest alkali lake. Lake Turkana is over 180 miles long and its waters are very warm because it is in the desert. Water at the surface is around 30 degrees Celsius, so it is like a warm bath.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Kenya as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this country is, you can move on to learn about other ones like: United States, Italy, Day of the Dead in Mexico, Festivals in Mexico, 8 Amazing Places to Visit in Egypt, Egypt, Festivals in India and 1 Interesting Fact about Every Country in Asia.

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