First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
Washed by the Indian Ocean on the southeast and huge Lake Victoria on the southwest, Kenya is neighbor to five African nations. With towering mountains, and forests that teem with majestic wildlife - much of it within the protective confines of national reserves and parks - Kenya is a showcase of scenic wonders. Broad shouldered highlands, gashed by the lake-spattered Great Rift Valley, lift nearly a third of Kenya a mile or more above sea level. On this lofty plateau live most of the nation's people. Elsewhere, except along the humid coast, Kenya consists largely of semiparched desert. The east African country obtained independence from Great Britain in 1963, but has retained her ties through membership in the Commonwealth.
Kenya's First Day Cover in tribute to the Queen's Silver Jubilee was issued at Nairobi, its mile-high capital and major city. Dubbed the "safari capital of the world", Nairobi sends streams of hunters and photographers into Kenya's game-rich wilderness.