The people of Kenya are known for being extremely polite and helpful. It is not uncommon to hear “Jambo!” or “Hakuna matata” which respectively mean “Hello” and “No worries” in Swahili. Shaking hands is the most common form of greeting and is almost always followed by asking about the health, the family or business of the other person. It is considered very poor manners to rush or skip this. It is also considered rude to lose one’s temper or to shout. It is courteous to ask before taking pictures, and in some remote areas, a small token or payment for the photo is sometimes expected simply as a form of polite appreciation.
Swahili (or Kiswahili) is the national language of Kenya, however, English is taught in all schools and is the official language of business, government, and education. There are over forty ethnic communities in Kenya that speak close to eighty different languages. Many people speak Swahili as their second language.
The majority of the population in Kenya are Christians, however, Hinduism, Sikhism, and indigenous religions are also represented.
Kenya Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Kenya, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Kenya's nature and wildlife, weather, and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Kenya for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Kenya safaris today!
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