Theodore Roosevelt's East African safari

Safari hunting—especially big game hunting—emerged as the first real form of tourism to Africa in the early twentieth century. It was publicized by former US President Theodore Roosevelt, a passionate hunter and conservationist. Roosevelt went on a hunting trip to East Africa after the end of his presidency in 1909. Many wealthy tourists followed his lead, and safari tourism became a major African business until the 1940s. After World War II, conservation concerns led to a shift away from hunting to “photo-safaris” and “ecotourism.”

Further Readings: 
  • Roosevelt, Theodore. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. New York: St.Martin's Press, 1988. First published 1910.
  • Steinhart, Edward I. Black Poachers and White Hunters: A Social History of Hunting in Colonial Kenya. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005.