Kenya is situated on the eastern coast of Africa, set astride the Equator and bisected from North to South by the Great Rift Valley. It covers a total area of 580,530 square Kilometres, including 13,395 sq. km of inland water. Its Indian Ocean coastline stretches for 480 km. Nairobi, the capital of the country, is a colourful striking city 500 km inland from Mombasa, the major port on the Indian Ocean. Official languages are Swahili and English.