December 12 marks Jamhuri Day in Kenya, the day the nation gained independence in 1963 and became a republic the year after (“Jamhuri” is republic in Swahili). The national holiday sees parades, political speeches, dancing and feasts of roasted meat and beer. The day also marks the start of the Christmas festivities in this predominantly Christian country.
Jamhuri Day is not the only attraction Kenya has going for it. Here are 23 other reasons to visit.