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Reading List

Recommended Reading List & Film List


Safari - A Chronicle Of Adventure - Bartle Bull
Blue Nile & White Nile - Alan Moorehead
White Man’s Country - Lord Delamere
The Making Of Kenya Vol i And ii - Elspeth Huxley
Facing Mt. Kenya - Jomo Kenyatta
Lunatic Express - Charles Miller
Scramble For Africa - Thomas Pakenham

Novels & Autobiographies
Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna - Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton & Herman Viola  
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai - Claire A. Nivola
West with The Night - Beryl Markham
Straight On Till Morning (Beryl Markham) - Mary Lovell
The Flame Trees of Thika, Memories of an African Childhood     / Nine Faces Of Kenya - Elspeth Huxley
White Mischief - James Fox
Out of Africa - Karen Blixen / Isaac Dinesen
Snows of Kilimanjaro - Ernest Hemmingway
Life Of My Choice - Wilfred Thesiger
Weep Not Child - Ngugi Wa Thiongo
My Pride & Joy - George Adamson
Born Free – Joy Adamson
The Gate Hangs Well – James Stapleton
I Dreamed Of Africa - Kuki Gallman
Nomad – Mary Ann Fitzgerald
The Desert's Dusty Face - Chevenix
Facing Mount Kenya - Jomo Kenyatta
Natural Connections - Dr. David Western

Africa in General
Bartle Safari – Bartle Bull
Another Day of Life / The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life     - Ryszard Kapuscinski       
Dark Star Safari - Paul Theroux                

Almost Human - Shirley Strum (Baboons)
Elephant Memories - Cynthia Moss (Elephants)

Coffee Table Books
Serengeti - Mitsuaki Iwago
An African Experience - Simon Combes
Visions of a Nomad - Wilfred Thesiger
Vanishing Africa - Mirella Ricciardi
End of the Game - Peter Beard
Africa Adorned & African Ark - Angela Fisher
Safari Style - Tim Beddow
The Great Migration – Jonathan Scott
Elisabeth Gilbert - Broken Spears: A Masai Journey

Reference Books
Kenya - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture - Jane Barsby
Kenya and Tanzania: The Insider's Guide - Ian Michler
The Safari Companion - Richard D. Estes
The Kingdon pocket guide to African Mammals - Jonathon Kingdon.
Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe

Children’s Books
Ages 4 – 8 An Assortment of African Animal Tales (e.g. The Hungry Hyena, The Tricky Tortoise etc.) All by Mwenye Hadithi and Adrienne Kennaway
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a remarkable friendship between a hippo and a giant tortoise - Isabella Hatkoff
How it Was With Dooms: A True Story told by a 12-year-old boy, of his memories about Dooms, the family's cheetah.
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain - Verna Aardema
Kenya ABCs: People and Places of Kenya - Heiman & Sarah
Moja Means One - Muriel Feelings
Kenya in Colours - Kras
For You Are a Kenyan Child (Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award) - Kelly Cunnane  
Ages 9 – 12 Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab - Barbara Bash
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book - Muriel Feelings

The Chamchela waterproof, tare-proof map of Kenya – www.chamchela.com

Out of Africa - The most acclaimed motion picture of 1985 stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in one of the screen’s greatest epic romances of all time.
The Constant Gardener - Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, who won an Academy Award for this film.
Nowhere in Africa (German with English Subtitles) - A Jewish family flees Germany in the 1930's to work a farm in Kenya, where they must make some major adjustments. Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, and Sidede Onyulo.
Masai: The Rain Warriors - Ngotiek Ole Mako; Paul Nteri Ole Sekenan; Parkasio Ole Muntet; Musurpei Ole Toroge; Peniki Ole Soyiantet; John Parkuyere Nkinai; Lemerok Nkuruna; Daniel Kipa Ole Nginai

Children’s films:
A Keeper's Diary - A remarkable insight into the lives of orphaned baby elephants.
The Lion King, a Disney special - Voices by Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Duma, An exquisite little love story about a boy and a cheetah, based on a true story from Athi River, Kenya. Alex Michaeletos & Campbell Scott.

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” - Rudyard Kipling