Kenya has an unrivaled unique combination of interests for any traveler. It is 582,644 sq. km. astride the equator and unfolds into a diverse topography with a variety of flora, fauna, and cultures. From the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean with miles of sandy white palm-lined beaches and coral reefs it extends to the world's second largest freshwater body, Lake Victoria. In between is snow capped Mt. Kenya, the Great Rift Valley, and shimmering thorn tree dotted vast savannah teeming with wildlife. The central highland with lush tropical forests also features growth of the world's richest coffee beans, tea, pineapples, and sugar plantations. The cultural diversity of Kenya is truly astonishing. While there are vast differences among the 45 ethnic groups, they all share a rich history with the performing arts. Dance and music have been a part of the cultures in this part of the world for thousands of years, and some of these original traditions remain. Theater has moved from sacred spaces to public spaces, and is one of the most popular tools for political activism, community development, education, and social change.