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“Peace away from Nairobi traffic!!”

Karen Blixen Museum
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Ranked #6 of 124 things to do in Nairobi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the beautiful farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, lived between 1914 and 1931, until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies.
Co. Donegal
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“Peace away from Nairobi traffic!!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“An interesting place with a look back at the Colonial era”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Usually combined with a visit to Giraffe Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum should be on the must see list of places to visit when in Nairobi. You are provided with not just a look at the items that surrounded Karen Blixen during her time as a coffee farmer at the foot of the Ngong Hills, but the guides offer great stories on her life and romances.

Sadly, photography is not allowed inside the museum and remember that there is a lot of road congestion in Nairobi so you need to allow for time to get there and back.

Visited November 2012
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Sandy, Oregon
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“Great Must See historical site.”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

An amazing woman and an amazing story. It is great to experience just a fraction of her life through her home.

Visited February 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Interesting and lovely garden”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Loved the gardens and the feel of the place. Would have liked to have seen more photos of Karens time in Kenya

Visited October 2012
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Worth a visit to see the house and memorabilia belonging to the famous "Out of Africa" author. They also exhibit memorabilia from the movie. The grounds and views are beautiful!!

Visited August 2012
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