DID YOU KNOW? Interesting facts linked to Kenya

1. Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, by the movement of the earth’s crust. In the past, it was seen as part of a “Great Rift Valley” that ran from Madagascar to Syria. The Rift is visible from space and looks like two parallel lines running down Africa. Its one of the earth’s great geographical features.

The Great Rift Valley

Kenya’s Great Rift Valley

2. The El Molo people are a nearly extinct tribe with a population of less than 300 in Kenya. They are the most skilled fishermen amongst the mostly semi nomadic pastoral tribes along Lake Turkana, Loiyangalani. Their dwellings resemble igloos, built from what scrub vegetation the volcanic wasteland has to offer.

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El Molo fisherman

The El Molo ‘igloo’ like homes

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Working hard breaking shore stones to build a fish storage house in their village

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El Molo people drink water directly from Lake Turkana, which causes them many medical problems

3. Despite their size, Elephants are able to walk silently through the bush because they walk on the tips of their toes – which is actually a thick cushion made up of elastic tissue.

Elephants sometimes flap their ears to cool down their body temperature

Elephants sometimes flap their ears to cool down their body temperature

4. Traditionally the maasai people of Kenya do not bury their dead. Burials are believed to harm the soil and is reserved only for a few chiefs. Most dead bodies are simply left outside for scavengers.

Maasai

5. Two time Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Keino was initially a police officer and guarded Jomo Kenyatta during his detention in Maralal before Kenyas independence. Growing up, Kip ran 16 miles every single day barefoot just to get to school – he started this routine at the age of 5 years. At 12 years, he had to climb up a tree and tie himself to it overnight, so as to escape a cheetah!

Kipchoge Keino

6. Lions will sleep up to 20 hours a day. Females do almost all of the hunting. Historically, in addition to Africa, lions were found in Greece through the Middle East to northern India.

7. Maasai elders often drink cattle blood to alleviate intoxication or hangovers after a night of drinking alcohol.

Hangover cure anyone?

8. Paleontologists believe people may first have inhabited Kenya about 2 million years ago.

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9. Kenyans claim Kituluni hill in Machakos District is the only place in Kenya where a car can roll uphill, unaided. People say that If you switch off the car and park it at the side of the road, it immediately begins to move up the hill at a speed of approximately 5kph. This phenomenon has been explained as a gravity or magnetic hill – a place where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope due to the layout of the surrounding land, creating the optical illusion that water flows uphill or a car left out of gear will roll uphill, among others.

Kituluni Hill

10. Central Island, also known as Crocodile Island, is a volcanic island located in the middle of Lake Turkana in Kenya. It is also the location of Central Island National Park, which is governed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

It is composed of more than a dozen craters and cones, three of which are filled by small lakes. The 3 major crater lakes are filled with Crocodile, Tilapia and Flamingo. You can hike around the rim of the crater

Crocodile lake, filming Travel Diaries

Tilapia lake – safari254.com

Flamingo lake

11. Nakuru actually had a Motor Race Track back in the day! A motor racing track operated in the Lake View Estate area from 1956 until the mid 1980’s in Kenya

Nakuru Race Track

Go karting in Nakuru

12. Giant crocodile fossils have been discovered in Kenya, dating from the Mesozoic Era, over 200 million years ago. The biggest known crocodile has been found—and the 27-foot-long (8.3-meter-long) predator likely swallowed early humans whole, a new study says. Crocodylus thorbjarnarsoni lurked in deep lakes near present-day Lake Turkana between about two and four million years ago.

Replica of Crocodile fossil.

Shores of Lake Turkana – safari254.com

Shores of Lake Turkana Northern Kenya – safari254.com

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