Kenya Pioneer Chronicles

Kenya Pioneer Chronicles

Before the turn of the nineteenth century the white man’s destination in Africa was more often fixed in his mind than on a map; his route was unlikely to be charted; the land mass was known in Europe by three words… ‘The Dark Continent’… Every pioneering family in...
Historical Postcards of Kenya

Historical Postcards of Kenya

Until recently, there was nothing like Kenya. There was only, from Somalia down to the Comoros like the pearls of a Muslim rosary, a series of harbours of flourishing cities. Most were safely situated on islands where sailors had come since Antiquity from as far as...
Samaki – History of Big Game Fishing off the Kenya Coast

Samaki – History of Big Game Fishing off the Kenya Coast

Before the Second World War, game fishing, as we know it today, didn’t exist in Kenya, although a number of stalwarts must have ventured out in small boats or dhows, trolling along the reefs with split bamboo rods fitted with the old wooden Nottingham ‘knuckle-basher’...
History of Muthaiga Country Club

History of Muthaiga Country Club

Many settlers made the trek from their distant farms in the Highlands to revel in Nairobi during Race Week. Some came to get supplies.Others came to drown their sorrows following the latest crop failure, cattle disease, drought or flood. The only club available in...
Nairobi – Then & Now

Nairobi – Then & Now

A little more than half-a-century ago, there was no town of Nairobi. Lion and rhino roamed freely where modern streets and buildings now provide a centre for the commerce and administration of Eastern Africa. A great city has arisen where once the explorers, the...