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Karibu - welcome to Kenya

Your new host country Kenya is about 585,000 sq.km in size, approximately twice the size of Germany and with an estimated population of 25 Million.
Kenya is a republic with a president as chief of state.
The capital is Nairobi and official languages are English and Kiswahili. Along the coast you can often hear German, France & Italian too.

Currency is the Kenya Shilling.
1 Euro is about 110 KES (KenyanShilling) as of Janurary 2012.

 

Kenya - offers you all the beauty of Africa

Wild animals, many different kinds of birds, a very hospitable population, close proximity to the Kilimanjaro, fascinating culture, jungle and savanna, deserts and oases, huge parks and mile-long white sandy beaches, mountains, wilderness, and the Indian Ocean, natural spectacles such as the frosted peaks of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro or the Rift Valley, the annual migration of millions of wild animals and the largest colony of flamingos at Lake Nakuru.

Experience Kenya's attractions and take a safari to Masai Mara, climb Mount Kenya or Kilimanjaro, stroll through Lamu, a town with an Arabic history, the picturesque harbor of Mombasa or the bustling capital Nairobi with its famous skyline. Enjoy water sports such as deep sea fishing, scuba diving, surfing, boat excursions etc. or just relax under the African sun at theequator. City or camp, mountainous terrainor sandy beach - Kenya enchants in every aspect.

Kenyas a politically stable country that achieved independency and democracy in 1964

Because Kenya's democracy is exemple for other African nations, western countries and democracies support it. Due to globalization this support is on the increase. With the outcome of the last elections the country'sdemocracy has stabilized. The government's first priority is to reduce unemployment. For this reason the government welcomes investors and gives them fullsupport.

The climate is ideal and is suited for Europeans

The ocean air contains iodine and minerals, and the trade winds blow constantly. These climatic conditions combined with good nutrition promote good health.


Kenya respects the right for religious freedom

There are about 220 known churches and religious communities; their numbers are on the increase. About 70% of all Kenyans are Christians; about 20% have indigenous beliefs. Today the Catholic Church is the largest Christian Church followed by the Anglican Church and the Presbyterians. The number of Christian denominations is also on the increase. Kenya has a long tradition of religious tolerance. The Ufungamano Initiative is an assembly of Catholics, the NCCK, the SUPKEM andthe Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK) all working together for a constitutional reform. Islam plays a very small role and only in the last few years.

Kenyans are friendly and open-minded people

who openly welcome guests from all over the world. Respect for the different culture demands kind and polite behavior of us visitors. Arrogant behavior is definitely out of place even though white people have money to spend. Unfortunately, addressing someone as "boy" who dates back to when Kenya was a colony is still in use today and is highly insulting to our hosts. A Kenyan man should be addressed "Bwana", and a Kenyan woman "Mama" or "Madam". Older people in particular are treated with utmost respect.
Kiswahili is spoken throughout Kenya and not a difficult language to learn. The following few expression might be useful to remember.

English

Kiswahili

English

Kiswahili

please

tafadhali

thank you

asante

thank you very much

asante sana

I would like

napenda

do you have

una

where do I find

nitapata...wapi

where ist the bathroom

wapi choo

yes

ndio

no

hapana

hello, have a good day

Jambo

how are you

Habari

I am fine

Mzuri sana

good bye

Kwaheri

good night

Lala salama

welcome

Karibu

yesterday

jana

today

leo

tomorrow

kesho

until

mpaka

or

au

no

hakuna

no money

hakuna pesa

how much does
this cost

kiasi gani

this is too expensive

Hi ni ghali sana

milk

maziwa

coffee

kahawa

tea

chai

food

chakula

slow

pole pole

quick

haraka haraka

friend

rafiki

minivan

matatu

driver

dreva

ticket

tikiti

car

motokaa

stop

kituo

knife

kisu

fork

uma

spoon

kijiko

not yet

bado

afterwards

baadaye

what time is it

Ni saa ngapi

do you speak English?

Unasema Kijerumani?

sun

jua

the day

siku

the night

usiku

afternoon

alasiri

next year

mwaka ujao

good bye until the next time

Kwaheri ya kuonana

the sun is very hot today

Jua ni kali sana leo

"...as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going..."

Ernest Hemingway

You can leave Kenya - but it won't let go of you
Yours, Bernd Trompell

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