7 Books that will inspire you to visit Kenya:
The Last Slave Market: Dr John Kirk and the Struggle to End the East African Slave Trade by Alastair Hazell
The story of John Kirk, a Scottish physician and botanist who accompanied explorer David Livingstone on his Second Zambezi expedition. He later served as a British administrator in Zanzibar, and played pivotal role in ending the slave trade on the island.
Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man’s Passion for Lions and for Africa by Tony Fitzjohn
Tony Fitzjohn dedicated most of his adult life to the wildlife conservation in Africa. In his memoir, Fitzjohn tells a story of his extraordinary life and his passion for Africa.
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
Written by famous primatologist and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall’s, the book is an important scientific work based on her observation of a community of wild chimpanzees of Gombe on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway’s travel journal. In 1933 him and his wife spent a month on safari and big game hunting in East Africa.
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
A collection of essays by a Polish journalist and Africa correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski about his travels across the continent beginning in the 1950s. Witnessing the early years of African independence from colonial rule, Kapuscinski reports on the major historical events such us revolution in Zanzibar, 1966 military coup in Nigeria and 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior: An Autobiography by Tepilit Ole Saitoti
An interesting memoir written by a member of Maasai tribe of East Africa. The author provides a compelling picture of his childhood and coming of age in Maasailand on the border between Kenya and Tanzania.
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar by Emily Ruete
A memoir of Emily Ruete, who was born as Sayyida Salme, Princess of Zanzibar and Oman. The book provides a compelling look at the everyday life in nineteenth-century Zanzibar when it was ruled by sultans and the slave trade was booming.