British rule ended half a century ago for Kenya – a celebration marked with concerts, commemorative stamps and even a flag on its snowy, 17,057-foot namesake peak. The East African nation has plenty to wish for as it blows out 50 candles today: Many more peaceful elections. A continued decline in crime. A bright future as a technology hub.
While a September shopping-mall attack deterred some visitors, Finance Minister Henry Rotich has pronounced the country’s all-important tourism industry stable, with no long-lasting effects from the tragedy. Kenya hopes that means even more to celebrate as it heads into its next half century. Writer/photographer Amanda Castleman shared these photos from a recent safari.