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Population: 44.0 million Capital City: Nairobi

This country on the Indian Ocean was named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa.

Mount Kenya was originally called Kirinyaga, because of its snow capped peak. Kirinyaga means 'Mountain of Whiteness'.

The coast offers some of the finest beaches in Africa.

The highlands are home to many animals, including lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinoceroses and hippos. You can also witness the annual mass migration of the wildebeest where up to 1.5 million Wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania across the Mara River to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Kenya's western provinces have lakes, rivers and forests.

The country's diverse wildlife and geography draws large numbers of visitors. Tourism is a major contributor to Kenya's economy.

Farming is important too, but only less than one-tenth of Kenya's land can be used for agriculture. The main crops are tea, coffee, corn and wheat. 

Here are some useful words for when you're hungry. Breakfast is 'kiamsha kinywa', lunch 'chakula cha mchana' and supper 'chakula cha jioni'. Tea (that's a cup of tea, not your dinner) is called 'chai ya saa kumi'.

Kenyans have long dominated middle and long-distance running. At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Ezekiel Kemboi won the Men's 3000m Steeplechase. Kenya left London with a total of 11 medals (two Gold, four Silver, and five bronze) – the most successful African country in the overall medal standings.

Kenya became a member of the Commonwealth in 1963.

The country has taken part in the Commonwealth Games since Vancouver 1954, missing only the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games.

At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Kenya won 15 medals on the track and field, and three in the boxing ring. At the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, the country took home 32 medals, including 12 Gold, one of which was won in the swimming pool.

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