Kenya has long been renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and its unique animal life
Located on Africa's Eastern coast, the climate and geography of the country provide conditions that are perfect for some of the world's rarest animals, ranging from the mighty African elephant to the elusive black rhino. Tourists are drawn to the country's pristine beaches and the cultural heritage of its diverse communities, including the well known Maasai and Samburu people.
However, Kenya also has a rich and complex history of exploration, trade and colonisation. During the 1800s the country was known as the British East Africa Protectorate and saw many explorers, both British and African, help map its territories and open trade routes to the interior of Africa. Today's Kenya is a country of contrasts, with skyscrapers standing alongside shanty towns.
Where in the world is Kenya?
What is the climate in Kenya like and how does it compare to the climate where you live?
What impact has tourism had on the Maasai Mara area of Kenya?
How is life changing for Kenyans and how does this compare to your life?
These factsheets provide background information to each of the key questions. They can be used together with the associated downloadable activities to investigate each area.
The downloadable activities used with the associated factsheets can be used in the classroom to investigate each area.
An education pack exploring the stories of Africa's forgotten explorers and their contributions to mapping the continent has been developed. The pack called Stories from East Africa contains activities for students from the ages of eight to 12.
The Society's exhibition Bombay Africans: 1850 to 1910 follows the stories of the Bombay Africans; a group of Africans that accompanied British explorers such as Burton, Speke and Livingstone on expeditions in Africa. This exhibition reveals their contributions and legacies, and the important role they played on expeditions. This exhibition is also available to hire.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: find out more about Kenya's government and economy from the FCO's country profile
BBC News online: keep up-to-date with what's happening in Kenya today
Art Matters: information on arts and culture from Kenya and East Africa
This theme was developed with support from Friends of Maasai People (London) with whom workshops were conducted exploring some of the themes raised within these resources.
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