A few books to get you in the sprit of Kenya:

Tsavo’s Maneless Man-eaters
In 1898, two maneless lions attacked, killed, and ate as many as 135 railroad workers in Tsavo, southeastern Kenya, inspiration for the 1996 film, The Ghost and the Darkness. Now Earthwatch supported zoologist Dr. Bruce D. Patterson has put these infamous lions into modern scientific perspective in a new book, The Lions of Tsavo: Exploring the Legacy of Africa’s Notorious Man-eaters. Patterson, MacArthur Curator of Mammals in the Department of Zoology at The Field Museum, Chicago and the leading authority on the Tsavo lions, offers a compelling story about the ecological underpinnings of the lions’ historic “reign of terror.”

The Lions of Tsavo has all the elements of a great adventure: Africa at the turn of the century, the British Empire, monsters, and heroes. Patterson provides a story that is rich in historic detail, but in the tradition of George Schaller supports his findings with scientific detail that only a researcher that spends hours in the field and lab can conjure. He suggests that a variety of causes, including old age or infirmity, depleted prey populations, and careless human habits, contribute to man-eating by lions. He goes on to explore the ecology and evolution of manelessness, the primary subject of his work with Earthwatch volunteers on Lions of Tsavo, with important implications for lion conservation.

The Lions of Tsavo: Exploring the Legacy of Africa’s Notorious Man-eaters. Bruce D. Patterson. McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship    By Craig Hatkoff

A photographic odyssey into the heart-warming kinship between a baby hippopotamus--orphaned by the catastrophic, post-Christmas 2004 tsunami--and an ancient tortoise in Kenya is told by six-year-old Isabella Hatkoff with the help of her father. Owen the hippo (named after his saviour) immediately latched onto Mzee (a 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise originally from a tiny island near Madagascar) upon arrival at Haller Park in Mombasa, and the two haven't been separate since. After exploring the backgrounds of both animals, Isabella puzzles over the unique bond between the two. Accompanied by clear, crisp full-colour photographs.

If you cannot locate the book you can download an online version using the following link. Owen and Mzee's Web Log  or


The White Masai by Corinne Hoffman

Whilst on holiday Corinne Hoffman fell in love with a Masai warrior. After overcoming all sorts of obstacles she moved into a tiny shack with him and his mother and spent four years in Kenya. Slowly but surely, the dream began to crumble. She eventually fled back home with her baby daughter.

Corinne  falls in love with a Masai warrior while on holiday with her boyfriend in Kenya. After overcoming all sorts of obstacles, she moves into a tiny shack with him and his mother in his village, and spends four years in Kenya. Slowly but surely the dream starts to crumble until she flees back home with her baby daughter born out of the seemingly indestructible love between a white European woman and a Masai. Her other books is Reunion in Barsaloi and Back from Africa.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.

  • The Rough Guide to Kenya version 1 and 2 by Richard Trillo  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site