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Kericho, Kenya? No photo shows Kinshasa, capital of the DRC

IN SHORT: A reverse image search reveals that the photo of a city was actually snapped in Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – not in the Kenyan town of Kericho.

A photo of a city with lots of greenery and a multilane highway is circulating on Facebook with the claim it shows Kericho, the biggest town in Kenya’s Kericho county. The town lies about 264 kilometres northwest of the capital, Nairobi.

“Aerial view of Kericho Town,” a typical caption to the photo reads. “This beautiful photo was taken at Sinendet Towers.” Sinendet Towers is an eight-storey building in the town.

But does the photo really show Kericho? We checked.


Photo found on Skyscraper City

One hint that the photo was not taken in Kericho is the large body of water in the background. The town is not near any ocean or river.

Using a reverse image search, we found the original photo on Skyscraper City, an architecture and construction forum. The photo appears in the category “Kinshasa/Photo Gallery”. 

Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. The city is known for its yellow painted cars, which can be seen in the photo. And the large body of water is the great Congo River.

The photo doesn’t show the Kenyan town of Kericho.

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