Kenya - A Changing Nation

Kenya has long been renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and its unique animal life. Located on Africa's Eastern coast, the climate and geography of the country provide conditions that are perfect for some of the world's rarest animals, ranging from the mighty African elephant to the elusive black rhino. Tourists are drawn to the country's pristine beaches and the cultural heritage of its diverse communities, including the well known Maasai and Samburu people.

However, Kenya also has a rich and complex history of exploration, trade and colonisation. During the 1800s the country was known as the British East Africa Protectorate and saw many explorers, both British and African, help map its territories and open trade routes to the interior of Africa. Today's Kenya is a country of contrasts, with skyscrapers standing alongside shanty towns.

To learn more about Kenya and the challenges it faces you can download factsheets for background information on each of the key questions below, in either word or pdf format. Use these with the associated downloadable activities to investigate each area in the classroom:

Map of Nairobi from 1912

Where in the world is Kenya? [Word] [Pdf]

What is the climate in Kenya like and how does it compare to the climate where you live? [Word] [Pdf]


Sketch by Joseph Thomson
What impact has tourism had on the Maasai Mara area of Kenya? [Word] [Pdf]

How is life changing for Kenyans and how does this compare to your life? [Word] [Pdf]


This theme was developed with support from Friends of Maasai People (London) with whom workshops were conducted exploring some of the themes raised within these resources.

An exhibition exploring the contribution made by a group of Africans to the exploration of Africa and the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century accompanies these resources. The exhibition entitled the 'Bombay Africans 1850-1910' is available for free hire by schools. Please contact for further information.