Safari Day in Kenya is a free verse poem. The structure is made up of rhyming quatrains. Quatrains are four-line clusters...
It consists of two stanzas of two lines each, with a three-line interlude between them.
The first stanza opens with a question: "Why does the wind blow away from Africa?" and the second stanza answers this by saying that the wind blows away from Africa because it is a desert continent with nothing to hold it back. This answer is given through imagery and allusion rather than through logic or argumentation.
In the third line of both stanzas, the poet mentions something that is connected to Africa but isn't actually part of Africa itself. For example, he could say that the wind blows away from Africa even though there is no land connection between these two continents. Or he could say that lions only live in Africa although they can be found in other parts of the world too (e.g., India). Using things that are familiar but not necessarily African allows the author to use strong images while still keeping the poem interesting.
Finally, in the last line of both stanzas, the poet repeats one word from the previous line - in this case, "away".
The sound pattern for this line is "swarm - riot - roar".
This is an African safari, a vivid immersion in the wild environment, an intimate glimpse into untamed wildness. The simplest way to think about it is to study safari's etymology. It comes from the English word "game," which makes sense because that was its original purpose.
Safaris were first developed by British colonists as means of entertainment. They would hire local Africans to be guides and drivers or sell them outright. These slaves would lead tourists on hunting trips in what are now South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The first true safari was designed by Richard Burton and Bruce Boyer and featured in their book Of Men and Animals. It focused on social issues such as conflict between man and beast and used animal behavior as a lens through which to view this subject.
Since then, the term has taken on many different meanings for different people. For some, it's a trip with a specific goal in mind - to see a certain area or city via the eyes of a naturalist. For others, it's a vacation where they explore places and culture unguided by a fixed itinerary. No matter how you define it, a safari is an amazing experience that should be done at least once in one's life.
There are several ways to participate in a safari.
Kenya is a land of dramatic extremes and classic contrasts, famous for its traditional savanna safaris. Deserts and mountain snow; woodlands and wide plains; Nairobi's city and vibrant tribal cultures; freshwater lakes and coral reefs Kenya, for many people, is East Africa in miniature. It has everything from the arid deserts of the south to the lush forests of the north.
The country is also known for its wildlife. From elephants in national parks to leopards on private game reserves, Kenya has some of the best wildlife viewing in all of Africa. There are more than 50 species of mammals, over 120 species of birds, and several large marine fish such as marlin that can be found in Kenyan waters.
In addition to its natural beauty, Kenya is also known for its history and culture. The tribes that live in Kenya's rural communities were among the first humans to walk across Africa. Their unique languages have no relation to any other language on earth. The cities of Kenya were built by immigrants from all over the world: Europeans brought cars, motorcycles, and airplanes; Americans have added guns to this mix. These days, Kenyans like to travel abroad too, especially to Europe and North America.
Finally, Kenya is known as the home of the Olympic marathon. The course for the London Olympics was based on a race that was first run here in 1967.
Yetu Ee Mungu Nguvu Kenya's national song is "Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu" (English: "O God, of all Creation", lit. "O God, our strength"). It was written by Jomo Kenyatta and first sung on January 1, 1952.
Kenya's current president is Uhuru Kenyatta, who is also the country's prime minister. He was elected in August 2013 to a second five-year term; his opponent William Ruto had previously been vice president under Kenyatta's brother Kalonzo. The election was judged free and fair by international observers but some members of the public did not agree. Violence following the announcement that Kenyatta had been reelected sparked protests across the country from August 11-12, 2013. At least 67 people were killed and hundreds more were injured.
The killing stopped after Kenyatta and Ruto met with opposition leaders at a hotel in Nairobi. They agreed to form a coalition government and appoint a new speaker of the house.
Kenyan musicians have made popular songs about the country's struggle for independence from Britain and its early years as a republic.
If June 1st happens on a Sunday, it will be a holiday the following Monday. Madraka is the Swahili word for 'power,' and Madraka Day is a public holiday commemorating the day Kenya gained internal self-rule in 1963. The first European colonists to arrive in Kenya were Germans. They called July 31st Kaiserjulius (Emperor Julius) Day because it was celebrated around the same time as their own Emperor Julius Caesar became emperor in 50 BC.
Kenya remains one of only four countries in Africa that have abolished female infanticide. The law prohibiting female infanticide was passed in 2001. Prior to this law, there were many reasons given for why female infants were discarded, including that they were thought to be a burden to their families by causing additional work and spending too much money. An estimated 5,000 females under the age of five are still lost every year. The number of missing girls is high but the true figure may be higher since many cases go unreported.
There are also holidays on April 26th and October 30th. April 26th is a national holiday in Kenya known as Youth Day. It is celebrated on the third Saturday of April to honor youths across the country. People celebrate by meeting up with friends, going out into the community, and taking part in various activities with their children.
The other holiday, October 30th, marks the anniversary of Kenya's independence from Britain.