Kenya is a country in East Africa that borders the Indian Ocean. Its terrain rises from a low coastal plain on the Indian Ocean to mountains and plateaus at its center. There are more than 60 languages spoken and more than 40 ethnic groups. Millions of people visit Kenya each year to see its endless savanna and the animals that inhabit the country.


From 1920 until 1963, Kenya was a colony of the United Kingdom. After its independence, it has been a republic with a president, a national assembly called the Bunge, and a judiciary. Although school is free in Kenya, most children are too busy to attend classes because they are helping their families by working the land, tending cattle, or fetching water. Storytelling and music are important parts of Kenyan culture. Tribes throughout the country have used songs, stories, and poems for centuries to pass on their history, beliefs, and customs.