Here are some of my recommended readings!
West with the night
West With The Night are the memoirs of one of aviation's first female pilots. Beryl Markham grew up in Kenya. As Kenya's first Aviatrix, her memoirs tell of her challenges and adventures. With October 4th, 2015 being the 100th anniversary of the first recorded flight in Kenya, now is the perfect time to read, and hopefully be inspired by, this remarkable woman.
Whatever you do, don't run!
A really fun story about an Australian who becomes a Safari Guide in Botswana. Humorous and light hearted, Peter Allison' story is the perfect read before going on an African Safari.
*Does contain adult language!
Out of africa: and shadows on the grass
Isak Dinesen's - also known as Karen Blixen - book made famous by the Meryle Streep movie. A fascinating insight into early Kenyan colonial period. And, a great jumping off point to study the "Happy Valley Set." Also, part of Nairobi is still called "Karen" because of her influence on Kenya.
The Man Whom Women Loved: The Life of Bror Blixen
This book is a bit harder to get ahold of, but is an excellent read to better understand Karen Blixen's life. Bror truly was "The Man Whom Women Loved" - just look at the cover photo! The book counterbalances "Out of Africa," giving deeper context for key players in the "Happy Valley Set."
Ruby and Baby...an Unlikely Friendship
This wonderful children's book was written by my friend, Mary Jane O'Loughlin, following her life changing Safari in Kenya. Ruby and Baby tells of the unique friendship across the miles between an American housecat and her friend, a baby African elephant. Part of the proceeds from the book go to benefit the Amboseli Trust for Elephants in Kenya.
I have to suggest this series. I love it! While criticized as a "sanitized version of Africa", I think the series was well done and gives insight to Southern African cultures.
Another great series is the documentary, Echo and Other Elephants, by renowned Wildlife Conservationist Sir David Attenborough and Cynthia Moss. This series is currently playing on Animal Planet, and can be purchased by following the link below as well.
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