Before Traveling to Kenya: Read, Watch, and Listen Guide

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THE SOLO FEMALE TRAVELER NETWORK'S GUIDE TO WHAT TO READ, WATCH AND LISTEN TO BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO KENYA.

Are you ready for an incredible adventure on The Kenya Meetup Tour? Let us introduce you to this valuable guide that will enhance your journey. Our upcoming article will suggest books, movies, and music to explore before your trip. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Kenya as you read captivating books, watch fascinating movies, and listen to the soul-stirring melodies. This guide will spark your curiosity and provide insights into the vibrant culture awaiting you. Prepare for an unforgettable adventure where you’ll discover hidden gems and experience the true essence of Kenya. Get ready to be captivated even before you set foot in this beautiful country!

TOP BOOKS TO READ BEFORE TRAVELING TO KENYA

Out of Africa
by Isak Dinesen
Unbowed
by Wangari Maathai.
Dust
by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.

This classic novel tells the story of a Danish baroness who moves to Kenya in the early 1900s to run a coffee plantation. It’s a beautiful and evocative book that captures the essence of Kenya’s landscape and culture.

This memoir tells the story of Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmental activist who dedicated her life to planting trees and fighting for social justice in Kenya. It’s an inspiring and important book that will give you a deeper understanding of Kenya’s history and culture.

This novel tells the story of a young woman named Auma who returns to her village in Kenya after living in the United States for many years. It’s a powerful and moving book that explores the themes of identity, belonging, and loss.

TOP Movies TO Watch BEFORE TRAVELING TO KENYA

Out of Africa (1985)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

This classic film tells the story of a Danish baroness who moves to Kenya in the early 1900s to run a coffee plantation. It stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and it’s a beautiful and moving film that captures the essence of Kenya’s landscape and culture.

This thriller film is set in Kenya, and it tells the story of a British diplomat who investigates the death of his wife. It stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and it’s a suspenseful and thought-provoking film that explores the dark side of Kenya’s political landscape.

This biographical drama film is based on the true story of Kuki Gallman, an Italian woman who moved to Kenya to run a wildlife sanctuary. It stars Kim Basinger and Vincent Perez, and it’s a heartwarming and inspiring film that celebrates the beauty of Kenya’s natural world.

TOP Music TO Listen to BEFORE TRAVELING TO KENYA

"Hakuna Matata" by The Lion King

Did you know this iconic song from the Disney movie is a great introduction to Kenyan music? It’s a catchy and upbeat song everyone knows that celebrates the carefree spirit of Africa.

"Jambo Bwana" by Them Mushrooms

This popular Kenyan song is a great way to learn some Swahili phrases. It’s a fun and upbeat song that will get you in the mood for your trip to Kenya.

"Malaika" by Fadhili William

This classic Kenyan song is a beautiful and haunting ballad about love and loss. It’s a must-listen for anyone who wants to experience the soul of Kenya.

TOP Videos TO Watch BEFORE TRAVELING TO KENYA

Hunting and being hunted in Kenya's Masai Mara

Follow these predators in and around their habitat and watch prides of lions map out their game plan. In slow-motion, we show you the final showdown between predator and prey. Will it be a successful hunt or will the hoofed animals persevere

Maasai Mara - The Big Hunt

The biggest problems for the migratory animals are the Mara and the Tarek River, where they have to put their lives at risk to get to the other side. Those who are not victims of the river itself risk falling prey to the crocodiles. We entered this uncharted territory, the crocodile domain by heading under water.

Discover Kenya

A quick documentary style video with all the basics every traveler should know about Kenya. 

Kenya: The Tribal Traditions Live On

In Kenya, a state created barely a century ago, Afua Hirsch explores how the British spun an idealised stereotype while carving out a brutal empire. Afua reveals the extremes of life today, the urban sprawl and untouched outback, and a young population still pushing away the lingering darkness of the British imperial past.

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