Kenya has a culture born of countless sources. This region has been
crossed by the paths of a long and complex history. From the
prehistoric records of early man to the present day, Kenya has been a
land of unending change, contrasts and diversity.
tribal states saw cycles of migration and shifting power, with Kenya as
a meeting place for peoples from the plainlands of the south, the
forests of the West and the deserts of the North.
sea brought influences from the outside world, and the passage of the
spice trade created the unique coastal culture, where lines between
Africa and Arabia blurred. The open coast brought European influences
into this world of change and began a turbulent struggle for control
whose exotic history lingers today.
The first explorers
discovered a land of great peril and greater beauty, and their great
adventures created the most unique colony in the British Empire.
was a meeting place of cultures, where adventurers and soldiers of
fortune mingled with a complex tribal society, and the arrival of
labourers and merchants from India brought new and pervasive influences.
The colonial legacy lives on in the traditions of the great safari, and
the pursuit of adventure and freedom.
has drawn on all of these influences to develop its own unique culture.
This is the nations greatest strength- the ability to blend the best of
many worlds into a strong, singular identity.
welcomes the world to its shores and continues to evolve a modern
culture that is born of endless variety, and yet purely, proudly Kenyan.