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The Great Rift Valley, which runs the length of Kenya, was formed twenty million years ago; it was created when the earth's crust ripped apart. Many volcanic mountains were formed and there are hot springs along the Rift.

Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa. (Mount Kilimanjaro, which is in Tanzania along the Kenyan border, is the highest peak on the continent).

The Leakey family found and catalogued remains of man's ancestors in Kenya and Tanzania.

Lamu, a World Heritage site, is Kenya's oldest town. Malindi has been an important town since the fourteenth century. Mombasa, East Africa's largest port, has been a major port since the fifteenth century.

The Black Rhino can be found in the Nairobi National Park. The high value of rhino horn makes the animal a target for poachers.

Tsavo National Park is one of the world's largest parks and covers four per cent of Kenya. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is the traditional land of the Maasai people.

Every year there is a migration of over a million wildebeest looking for new grazing areas. The largest viper, the Gaboon Viper, can be found in the Kakamega Forest.

Armies of soldier ants are found in Kenya; they cause a great deal of destruction and have a nasty sting.

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