Book Review: From Ox Cart to Email

December 19, 2012  By: Gretchen

‘From Ox Cart to Email’ is the story of one of Kenya’s pioneering families, the Craigs.  It’s a wonderfully involved book that traces the family from the very first immigrant to today, as the title suggests.

Nearly 100 years ago, the Craig ancestors immigrated to Kenya from South Africa and were given a plot of land to eke out a living.  Throughout the years, the Craigs built what is now an incredible legacy which started with ranching, farming and eventually the evolution into a world renowned wildlife conservancy.  This story spans all of their years in Kenya, where the family members lived through the first days of pioneering, two World Wars, the Mau Mau rebellion, and Kenya’s independence, to today’s safaris that take place in Lewa Downs (we can send you there!).

Author Natasha Breed gives the reader an intimate look at the Craigs and what their lives have been like through the generations via journal entries and stories and legends told by various members of the family.  It is filled with tales of joy and hardship, and gives a rare glimpse into what a lifetime in the bush was like.  By the end of the book, it feels as though you are on a first-name basis with the Craigs, and that you know their corner of Kenya as your own.

If this doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane and to visit Kenya, I can’t imagine what would.  Highly recommended, and essential if traveling to northern Kenya.

Photo courtesy Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Wilderness Trails

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