The rhino is a large grazing mammal that belongs to the family of rhinocerotidae. There exists five species namely: The great Indian rhino, Javan rhino, Sumatran or Asiatic rhino (found in south-central Asia), the African black rhino and the African white rhino (found in sub-saharan Africa). Characterized by one or more horns on the snout, the rhino have thick loose skin with little hair and stumpy powerful legs with tree toes on each foot. They generally have poor eyesight but a sharp sense of hearing and smell.
It rests quietly in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometers north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. It is here where the Kikuyu god, Ngai, resides. It is in this awe-inspiring sight and one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa, where the name of the country was derived. It has permanent glaciers and is a hotspot for climbing and hiking, attracting several thousand climbers both local and international annually. It could only be Mount Kenya.
Between 1979 and 1989, a time when there was an illegal ivory trade, African elephants were poached at such a rapid rate that the continent-wide population was cut from 1.3 million to approximately 600,000. When the fight against illegal poaching was ignited in 1999, many human lives were lost, but the elephant’s lives were saved, albeit for a short period. But the illegal trade has never ceased as more elephants poached annually are supplied to illegal ivory markets, especially in China and other Asian countries.
Gorillas are the largest of the living primates and are known to inhabit the forests of Central Africa. They are divided into two species. Mountain gorillas, found in the Virunga volcanic mountains region shared by Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are common within the Central Africa region. However, their populations are declining rapidly because of poaching, civil unrest, charcoal trade intruding into their habitats and diseases like Ebola hemorrhagic fever, whose symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and internal and external bleeding.
Mention North Eastern province to any Kenyan consistent enough to watch television once or twice a week and you will receive in response, at the very least, a brief flinch and perhaps a resigned face. And rightfully so. This region, located in northeastern Kenya, bordering lawless Somalia and the barely peaceful Sudan, is known for ceaseless fighting, bloody cattle raids, devastating famine and high levels of starvation.
It is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. Commonly known as the Kings of the Jungle with strong muscles, compact bodies and powerful forelegs, teeth, and jaws for pulling down and killing prey, acute eyesight, and intimidating roaring, they appear as a symbol of power and dominance, audacity and aristocracy in national flags, clothing’s, coats of arms and family crests.
Kenya is famous from many of its appealing natural reserves. Tourists have come into the country from far and wide for a glimpse at these extravagant sights. Over and over the same regions have been advertised and have been promoted far above others. A good example is that of Thompson Falls found in Nyahururu. Undoubtedly this waterfall has more historical and cultural appeal not to mention its size and power. However there is so much more to discover off the beaten paths. There are small wonders to behold in the heart of the country.
The Congo- River boasts of many titles: Africa’s most powerful river and the world’s most voluminous river. The fifth longest river covers over 2,720 miles. This is 2,720 miles of untamed, glorious scenery. The river has inspired many a writer. Books such as THE LAST HERO by Peter Forbath and THE HEART OF DARKENESS by Joseph Conrad feature the Congo River as its back drop.
The light bronze colored sky, burnt by the setting sun; the sudden clapping of wings as the birds take off in the distance; the silhouette of the magnificent elephant and her calf, slowly moving across the savanna nudging her offspring on gently with her trunk. The reflection in the watering whole is captivating. Two golden orbs seem to float in mid air as the sun slowly sinks over the horizon. Tranquility, as the Serengeti starts its daily adjustment at dusk.
It sits silently on the Northeast area of Tanzania. Its icy cap peaking over the misty white clouds that endeavor to obscure its sight from onlookers down below. Though the volcano appears to be dormant on the inside, events on top of the mountain draw global attention. It is Africa’s highest peak at 5,892 meters. It stands in splendid isolation above its savannah surroundings. It is Mount Kilimanjaro.
Nigeria, The Gambia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Cameroon are among the countries which make up the scenic West African coastline. The coastline, which stretches to Sierra Leone offers an enormous potential for tourism activities. However, the coastline is faced with a looming environmental disaster which could see it wiped out of the map by the end of the century, according to marine geologists.