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Countries of East Africa. Cultural Geography Lecture By Christine Schilp. Uganda. Kenya. Tanzania. The Republic of Kenya; gained independence in 1963 Population: 31,639,000 (most live in the countryside) Capital: Nairobi

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Countries of East Africa

Cultural Geography Lecture By Christine Schilp





The Republic of Kenya; gained independence in 1963

Population: 31,639,000 (most live in the countryside)

Capital: Nairobi

Geographic features (previously discussed): Mount Kenya, Great Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Indian Ocean. HOME


Kenya’s Chief Exports

Considering Kenya’s vast amount of countryside, why is it not a surprise that these goods make up Kenya’s exports?




One of Kenya’s main attractions are its safaris. Tourists pay to visit the plains of Kenya and view these beautiful animals.


This is the home of a member of the Kikuyu tribe. Based on this picture, what kind of lifestyles do many Kenyans live? Do they rely on the land, the natural resources surrounding them? HOME


People HOME

Kenya is home to 40 different ethnic groups, most of whom live in the countryside.

Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholicism, Muslim and Indigenous beliefs

Language: English, Kiswahili, Indigenous Languages

Largest ethnic group: Kikuyu Tribe

Most members of this tribe live at the base of Mount Kenya or “Kirinyaga” as spoken in the Kikuyu language.


Tanzania; formed in 1964

Population: 35,363,000 (80% live as subsistence farmers)

Capital: Dodoma

Geographic locations: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro HOME


Mount Kilimanjaro, highest point in Africa, 19,340 ft.

Based on the images that you see, why do you think tourism is so popular in Tanzania? What famous National Park was viewed on the previous page? HOME


People of Tanzania

Tanzania consists of more than 120 different ethnic groups

Religion: Christian, Muslim, Indigenous beliefs

Languages: Kiswahili, Kiungujo, English, Arabic and many local languages

Life Expectancy: 45 years old

Largest Ethnic Group: Sukuma Tribe




Uganda; established independence from Britain in 1962, “The Pearl of Africa,” as was stated by Winston Churchill

Population: 25,262,000

Capital: Kampala

Geographic Locations Previously discussed: Ruwenzori Mountains, White Nile, Bwindi Impenetrable National Rainforest


Uganda is home to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, where half of the world’s mountain gorillas live (approximately 300). What other animals do you think live in this rainforest?



People of Uganda

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Indigenous beliefs, Muslim

Language: English, Ganda/Luganda, many local languages

This is a woman from the Ganda tribe and she is performing a dance entitled the Amaggunju folk dance. The Ganda tribe is the largest ethnic group in Uganda



To find out More about the Various topics discussed in this lecture and the sources that were used, visit these websites!!!

Click here for information regarding prominent people in African history

Click here to visit a site dedicated to the Ganda tribe in the country of Uganda

Click here to find more information regarding Kenya and its culture

Click here to visit a website dedicated to the Sukuma people of Tanzania