Be Inspired on a Kenya Safari

Set in the intriguing and mystical lands of East Africa, a Kenya safari can be a truly inspirational experience. Ignite your imagination as you discover the natural wonders of its landscape, the fascinating world of its wildlife, and the wonderfully rich culture of its inhabitants. Before writing your own Kenya safari adventure, why not become absorbed in the works of others to take their inspiration from this enchanting region and find excitement in anticipation. 

Historical Accounts of Kenya

Ernest Hemingway was an early proponent of the Kenya safari, taking his first journey through East Africa in 1933 and returning twenty years later in 1953. His own personal adventures provided much inspiration for both his novels and short stories, some of which are recognised among his greatest works, in particular, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. Possibly the most famous writing to take its inspiration from the wonders of Kenya is “Out of Africa”, an autobiographical account of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen. Written under the pen name of Isak Dinesen, the story tells of life on the coffee plantations of early 20th century Africa. Such was its romantic allure that it was adapted into the Oscar winning film of the same name in 1985. If your Kenya safari includes a stop off in the capital city of Nairobi, the Karen Blixen museum lies not far from the centre, at the site of the plantations original farmhouse. A slightly more sinister account of the history of Kenya is provided in “The Man-eaters of Tsavo” by John Patterson, a retelling of the building of the Uganda railway in 1907 and the infamous lions that tormented and killed construction workers. Whilst most famous for this section of the story, the book also contains many tales of other wildlife and local tribes and you can be sure that a trip to Tsavo National Park on your Kenya safari will be free of man-eaters! Also adapted for the big screen, “The Ghost and the Darkness”, staring Val Kilmer, was released in 1996. 

A More Modern Accompaniment for your Kenya Safari

For a more modern take on Kenya, “I Dreamed of Africa”, by Italian author Kuki Gallmann, is an autobiography of life after relocating to Laikipia, central Kenya, in 1972. This harrowing memoir tells of love affairs, family loss and a passion for the African plains and the wildlife found therein. As an accompaniment to the long running BBC series “Big Cat Diaries”, the trilogy of books by Jonathan and Angela Scott tell of the lions, leopards and cheetahs at the heart of this groundbreaking show located in the famous Masai Mara. As either preparatory reading or an accompaniment on your Kenya safari, these books cannot fail to inspire.