The last book written by Ernest Hemingway and published posthumously by his son, True at first Light is set in his beloved Kenya. With the exception of American actor William Holden who founded the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club and the sometimes controversial anthropologist Richard Leakey, no other personality has contributed to the public perception of Kenya over the years as Ernest Hemingway. One of the more famous quotes on his love for Africa and Kenya in particular captures the essence of his emotions: I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.
If one had to mention just one more person in this context, it would have to be the adventurer turned entrepreneur Edvard Grogan, whose lasting legacy includes the first north – south crossing of the entire continent, the construction of the first deep water port in Mombasa, his never ceasing and finally victorious efforts of convincing the British Empire to built a railway – The Lunatic Express – from Mombasa to Nairobi and beyond. And last but not least, his own magnificent private home to his dying day: Grogan’s Castle, built into the hill side overlooking the Sisal plantations of Taveta near the Tsavo West National Park, with a view of the rolling countryside that goes on forever… or at least all the way to Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day!