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Kenya, Written

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This chapter discusses the author safari tour of Kenya for one week. Excerpts from a long letter about it to a friend follow, introduced and stitched together by a few of author own comments. The chapter addresses the question: Is there a more bankrupt travel narrative than that of the African safari? Not one in which "big game" is killed. Just one in which it is photographed, usually in game parks, where, as Chris Wilbert notes, "animals are protected by conservation policies" and therefore have become "a resource for tourists mainly from wealthier, more developed regions of the world". The letter goes on to describe a chaotic tourist stop at a Masai village, on the way to a final uneventful safari evening at a last reserve, Svevo West. The tourist industry may not have become in recent years that much larger in Kenya.

Keywords: African safari; animal tourism; Kenya; Masai village; tourist industry



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