A fantastic and much-loved tourist destination, Kenya in November will welcome a truly illustrious visitor: the Holy See has confirmed that Pope Francis will honor the country with a visit. This is a highly important event for the African nation which will find itself back in the spotlight immediately after the end of the Universal Exposition. And it will have yet a further opportunity to show the world its natural treasures and resources.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most unforgettable experiences for visitors to Kenya: a territory home to the Masai, a people who live in harmony with the so-called Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes. The Serengeti Park is world-famous for one of Nature’s most spectacular events: the migration of the gnu, when thousands and thousands of animals migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in autumn and vice versa in spring.
For those who love the sea, the coastal zone – especially near Mombasa – offers superb beaches and warm tropical waters swarming with colorful fish. Here swimmers can encounter crustaceans and invertebrates near the coral reef, and dolphins and turtles and even swim with sharks in their natural habitat.
Two dishes: Githeri and pilau
Among typical Kenyan dishes, Githeri is a traditional recipe from the Central Province based on beans and corn. This has become popular all over the country, due to its ingredients being available everywhere. There is also a richer and more complete variant, where diced meat and potatoes are added. Pilau, on the other hand, is a specialty from the Swahili coast in East Africa. The rice is flavored with spices and cooked in a tasty broth made from meat, fowl or fish. This dish is typically associated with festivities. It can be served hot with a tomato-based sauce or with a beef or chicken stew.
Food safety, at the heart of the Kenyan Pavilion
Kenya is present at Expo Milano 2015 in the Coffee Cluster. The visitor’s attention is directed towards one of the most important challenges faced by the country: food security. Food is not only indispensable for proper nutrition, it is also a link between different cultures. Today, a plant disease in a Kenyan coffee plantation can change the price of an espresso in a bar in Rome. The Pavilion naturally offers visitors the possibility of tasting its top gastronomic products, including various blends of arabica coffee.
The climate of Kenya’s highland plateau is ideal in particular for growing arabica coffee. Kenyan coffee is world-famous for its quality, which also derives from the volcanic soil where it is cultivated, and because it is treated immediately on being harvested, thus maintaining its floral aroma. As well as its taste, Kenyan coffee is also recognized as possessing various health benefits, which have led to it being described as a superfood: it is rich in antioxidants, which prevent damage being caused by free radicals. Coffee also reduces the risk of certain chronic diseases, and various studies have demonstrated its anti-depressive properties and its ability to favor short term memory.