Kenya, a country in Africa, got its name from Mount Kenya. A German explorer named Johann Ludwig Krapf first wrote down the modern name in the 19th century. When he was with a group led by Chief Kivoi, a long-distance trader from the Kamba tribe, Krapf saw the mountain peak and asked its name. Chief Kivoi said “Kĩ-Nyaa” or “Kĩĩma-Kĩĩnyaa,” likely because the black rock and white snow on the peaks looked like male ostrich feathers to him.
Kenya has lots of land dedicated to wildlife, like the Masai Mara, where animals like blue wildebeest and others do a big annual migration. Over a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras cross the Mara River during this migration. Kenya is also home to the “Big Five” game animals of Africa: lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceroses, and elephants, especially in the Masai Mara. The country’s national parks and game reserves have many other wild animals, reptiles, and birds. The annual animal migration happens from June to September, drawing tourists from other countries. Two million wildebeest travel 2,900 kilometers from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara in a circular pattern, looking for food and water. This migration, called the Serengeti Migration, is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.