I Dreamed of Africa

As a child living in Italy, Kuki Gallmann was fascinated with Africa. Then, in 1972, she found herself divorced and badly injured from a car accident, and she decided to visit Kenya with her then-fiancé, Paulo Gallmann, and her young son. They settled on a ranch on the Laikipia Plateau at the edge of the Great Rift Valley.

With an abundance of wildlife nearby – elephants, rhino, buffalo – the Gallmanns enjoyed an idyllic life. Then, in 1981, when they were expecting a child, Paolo was killed in a traffic accident. Her son, Emmanuele, died three years later of a snake bite from one of his own puff-adders.

Determined to stay in Kenya with her daughter, Kuki set up the Gallmann Memorial Foundation to promote new ways of combining development and conservation and to provide sponsorship for the education of Kenyans. She continues to live in Kenya with her daughter and her dogs.

Paperback 314 pages. Published 2000.