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Sampling Swahili

Although you do not need Swahili to visit Kenya, you may want to know a few phrases. Here are some of the more common Swahili words you may hear and want to use. If you click on the Swahili words…

Kenya’s National Language

Swahili is the national language of Kenya. It is taught in schools all over the country. It is the second language for students – their first language is their tribal language. The origins of the Swahili language are a bit…

Meerkat Facts

Meerkat Facts

Name: Meerkat Scientific Name: Suricata suricatta African Names: Meerkat is Afrikaans/Dutch for “Marsh Cat” or “Lake Cat”. Suricate is Swahili for “Rock Cat”. Length: 10 to 14 inches, tail length is 7 to 10 inches Average Adult Weight: 1 1/2…

Warthog Facts

Warthog Facts

Name: Warthog, African Lens-Pig Scientific Name: Phacochoerus africanus African Names: Ngiri (Swahili), Indlovudawana (Zulu), Intibane (Zulu), Njiri (Shona), Kolobê Yanaga (Tswana) Height: Up to 30 inches at the shoulder Average Adult Weight: 120 to 150 pounds Life Span: Up to…

Saddle-Billed Stork Facts

Saddle-Billed Stork Facts

Name: Saddle-Billed Stork (or Saddlebill) Scientific Name: Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis African Names:Saalbekooievaar (Afrikaans), Kandjendje (Kwangali), Korongo Domo-ngazi (Swahili), Ngwamhlanga (Tsonga) Height: Saddle-billed storks are the largest of the African storks. The saddle-billed stork is between 5 and 6 feet tall. Their…

Nile Crocodile Facts

Nile Crocodile Facts

Name: Nile Crocodile Scientific Name: Crocodylus niloticus African Names: Mamba (Swahili), Garwe (Shona), Ngwenya (Ndebele), Olom (Nubian dialect) Length: The average length is roughly 16 feet but can be up to 20 feet long. Average Adult Weight: Nile Crocodiles generally…

Cheetah Facts

Cheetah Facts

Name: Cheetah Latin Name: Acinonyx jubatus African Names: Dume (Swahili), Nkonkoni (Zulu), Didigwe (Shona), Letlôtse (Tswana) Height: Cheetahs average height is 35 inches. Cheetahs are 45 inches to 53 inches long and their tail can measure up to 33 inches…