Category Archives: Tales from Kenya

This section of the blog is dedicated to my mum’s tales from life in Kenya from 1941 to 1970

My Kingdom for a Horse: Becoming Competent

Having graduated to the Kenya High School in Nairobi, and living in suburbia as a consequence, it was mainly through weekly riding lessons that I managed to keep up my passion in life. Major Llewellyn ran a riding school in … Continue reading

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Horses of my Own

Brandysnap was officially listed as a part Thoroughbred in the Jockey Club of Kenya register as Jereñai, by Brandy Sauce out of Spanish Lass, and boasted three Derby winners in his dam’s Thoroughbred pedigree. His Arabian grandsire was bred by … Continue reading

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My Kingdom for a Horse: Early Learning

Horses were always part of my life, and although never owning one until I was earning my living teaching in a school, I learned to ride on various borrowed ponies and with lessons at both my schools. My first proper … Continue reading

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A Return Visit to Kenya: Part 1 – Cottar’s Camp, Masai Mara

It has been said that one should never return after a gap of many years to re-visit old haunts because they will inevitably have changed, causing disillusionment. This was true to a certain extent when J-M and D, my two … Continue reading

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A Return Visit to Kenya: Part 5 – Ol Tukai Camp, Amboseli

Armed with a substantial picnic lunch provided by the cook at 6.00 am. we sadly took our leave of the coast and headed for Amboseli Game Park via the ancient historic town of Mombasa, which had served as the administrative … Continue reading

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A Return Visit to Kenya: Part 4 – The Coast

Our week at The Driftwood Club at  Malindi, some 60 miles north of Mombasa, passed all too quickly, spent relaxing, soaking up the heat and acquiring a healthy tan. The Club was an informal set-up with individual bandas thatched with … Continue reading

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A Return Visit to Kenya: Part 3 – Kitani Camp, West Tsavo

In both Tsavo, on our way to the coast, and in Amboseli on the return journey, we stayed in self-service bandas (thatched huts), which meant that we were entirely on our own and had to be self sufficient – one … Continue reading

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