Karen Blixen's Home and Museum visit, Nairobi

Formerly the focus point of a farm in the foothills of the Ngong Hills and owned by the Danish Author Karen Blixen and her husband. The Karen Blixen Home and Museum is located 10km from Nairobi city centre and is worth a visit. The farmstead and main house acquired global fame with the release of the Oscar award winning film 'Out of Africa' which is based on Karen’s autobiography.

On collection from your hotel, transfer with your guide to the Karen Blixen Museum located in the preserved 1914 colonial home of Karen Blixen where dinner was served for the Prince of Wales in 1928. On arrival, your guide will escort you through the museum and in the surrounding gardens.

The home was built in 1912 by a Swedish engineer and was bought by Karen in 1917 becoming the main farmhouse for their 4500 acre farm of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming. Evidence of this can be seen with old farming equipment remaining in place where it was left all those years ago. Karen lived in this home until her return to Denmark in 1931. After this the house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift.

Before you depart visit the gift shop which offers handicrafts, posters, postcards, books and other Kenyan Souvenirs. Once you have seen and done all that you want to, head back to your hotel with your guide and vehicle after a step back in time to colonial Kenya.

Highlights

  • Historic 1914 colonial farmhouse

  • Home of the author of 'Out of Africa'

  • Film location for 'Out of Africa' starring Meryl Streep

  • Enjoyable learning experience on the European Settlers

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