The museum is a piece of Kenyan history and tells the story of Karen’s incredible experiences in Africa …
Visit the Karen Blixen Museum to learn about the Out of Africa author’s extraordinary life in Kenya. The museum is set in the Karen area of Nairobi, which is named after Blixen, on the coffee farm where she once lived. A lot of guests want to visit the museum because they’ve read Out of Africa, or seen the movie. They find her story very intriguing – she really put Nairobi and Kenya on the map and was passionate about helping the local community.
You’ll usually spend around 30 minutes to an hour at the museum. A guide will sit you down under a tree and tell you Karen’s story, from divorcing and running the farm alone to her lover Denis Finch Hatton dying in a plane crash and her coffee business failing. You’ll also get to walk around the property and beautiful grounds, which have a view of the Ngong Hills. It’s fascinating to see some of the old coffee plantation equipment, Karen’s paintings and the study where she used to write.
For me, Karen’s is a sad story but it’s also one of resilience and of her first incredible experiences in Africa. I believe she fell in love with the country and its people and were it not for the fact that she fell ill and her second partner died, I think she would have loved to stay longer. The museum is a piece of Kenyan history and an amazing tale of how one person survived so many bad things and still had the heart to be kind to those around her.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.
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