On my second visit to Nairobi (I was first there in 2009), I found the traffic even more horrific, and so it was nice to escape for a few hours to the relative peace and quiet of the suburb of Karen. We hired a driver for the afternoon and went first to visit the Swedo House (now a hotel and museum and quite delightful), then to the Karen Blixen House and Museum. Our guide, Josephine, was most informative, although at KS800 entrance fee, it was quite expensive! However, we had a good tour and learned a lot about the life of this fascinating woman. The house and its contents have been well preserved and I was inspired to read the book, having seen the film "Out of Africa" a couple of times. Nearby is the Karen Country Club, where we might have stopped for drinks on our way back, had time permitted! But the museum is well worth a visit.
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