Planning your elective - Kenya
Siân Knight finds that there is more to this East African country than safaris and coffee
- By: Siân Knight
Kenya, a country synonymous with safaris and coffee, is situated on the east coast of Africa. The country spreads over 583 000 sq km, of which 136 000 sq km is inland water. The deserts of Sudan and Ethiopia lie to the north of Kenya, Uganda and the massive Lake Victoria are to the west, to the east are Somalia and the Indian Ocean, and to the south of the country lies Tanzania.
Kenya is split into four main areas. The coastal belt covers around 480 km of the country adjoining the Indian Ocean and includes the coral reefs, beaches, and a narrow, fertile strip of land beyond which the ground rises to form a central plateau. These central highlands form the second area and are the most scenically spectacular part of Kenya. A rift valley cuts through the whole of the plateau and is studded periodically by extinct volcanoes