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Safari

In 1933, Hemingway and his second wife Pauline sailed to Kenya for an African hunting safari (a gift from her wealthy Uncle Gus). The writer contracted such a bad case of amoebic dysentery that he landed in the hospital. But after recovering, he managed to bag a lion and other large game -- along with material for his 1933 short stories "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and his 1935 novel "The Green Hills of Africa."


Hemingway enjoyed hunting big game animals (like this lion) on foot.

In 1954, Hemingway and his fourth wife Mary toured the Belgian Congo, Kenya, and Rwanda. While flying over Uganda, their plane clipped a telegraph wire and plunged onto the crocodile-infested shores of the Nile. As the Hemingways camped out near the wreckage, false reports of their deaths made world headlines. They rationed their beer and whisky, but were soon rescued by a boat that was well stocked with ale. The couple then climbed into a second airplane - only to have it crash on the airstrip.

Though Hemingway spent only ten months in Africa, it left him with countless animal horns and rich material for his work. It also left him with a concussion, first-degree burns, crushed vertebrae, and a ruptured kidney, liver and spleen - injuries that probably contributed to his ill health later in life.


Hemingway's first safari in Kenya lasted only 10 weeks, but he was entranced by Africa for the rest of his life.


In "Green Hills of Africa," Hemingway explores the primal thrill he experienced while hunting big game animals against the backdrop of the glorious African landscape.



"Hunter's Safari Steak"

This recipe, adapted from "The African Cookbook," utliizes a method used by Kenyan hunters for preparing game such as eland, antelope or zebra.



Photo credit: Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection/John F. Kennedy Library, Princeton University. Book covers: Princeton University Library.

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