Kenya : Reading list

You can start getting into the country you are visiting before you go away by doing some background reading. Many hotels and camps have reference books for your enjoyment and interest, but you may want to do some reading in advance and the following list provides a few suggestions. We have also included novels about other parts of Africa which we thought you might enjoy.

Guide books and wildlife

  • The Bradt Travel Guide Kenya
  • Collins Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, David Hosking and Martin Withers
  • A Field Guide to African Wildlife, Peter Alden and Richard Estes
  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals, Richard Estes
  • The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals, Jonathan Kingdon
  • Elephant Memories, Cynthia Moss
  • Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands, Alan Kemp
  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania (Helm Field Guides) Dale A. Zimmerman, David J. Pearson and Donald A. Turner
  • Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, T Stevenson and J Fanshawe
  • Collins Field Guide Birds of East Africa, JG Williams and N Arnott

Biographies, novels and other interesting reading

  • Flame Trees of Thika, Elspeth Huxley
  • Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
  • My Pride and Joy, George Adamson
  • White Mischief, James Fox
  • The Great Safari - The lives of George and Joy Adamson, Adrian House
  • Shadow of the Sun: My African Life, Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Ice-Cream Wars, William Boyd


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