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Karen Blixen Museum
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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.
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Short and sweet”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We visited the Karen Blixen Museum the afternoon of our evening flight home from safari. It was one of several activities scheduled to visit sites in Nairobi and fill out the afternoon. There are plenty of guides so the visit can be a brief or as long as you want it to be. Our guide was quite good. Karen Blixen remains a popular figure in Kenya even though she returned to Demark and actually died there. The best part f the tour was the glimpse of early 20th life in Kenya the guide provides. The furnishings in the home are mostly original so you had a chance to see her actual home. The grounds are not nearly as expansive as when she owned the home, but still covers several acres.

Visited July 2013
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“Short but interesting”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

A guide took me on a tour of the inside and outside of Karen Blixen's house while sharing her story. It was a short but interesting tour.

Visited July 2013
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“Must see for Out of Africa devotees”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

If you read the book or loved the movie, this is a very gratifying visit. The house is charming, the Ngong Hills as imagined. You will see the actual gramophone Denys and Karen took into the bush with them, along with other domestic furnishings and personal items that evoke the colonial experience. There is a replication of the coffee processing facility that burned down, ending her hopes for prosperity in colonial Kenya.

Visited February 2013
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“A wonderful insight to her life”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

As part of our package when we booked to go to Kenya was trips to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, the Giraffe Manor and Karen Blixen Museum (in fact its her house that doubles up as a museum). I wasn’t really keen on the thought of going to a museum as I was there for the animals BUT I was very pleasantly surprised.

We were guided around the house and into the rooms where a knowledgeable guide talked you through the life of Karen Blixen who famously wrote Out of Africa which was made into a film with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Many of the artifacts used in the film are still there in the house and rather than stand at the door and peer into each room you were encouraged to walk around and you really got a feel of the place the more you saw.

It takes around an hour and the grounds are to die for. Very pretty and even some of the old coffee machinery and carts are still there adding to the feel of the place.

Don’t do what I did and dismiss it as any old museum, this was well worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit even if you're not in love with Robert Redford”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

I hadn't seen "Out of Africa" when I visited but still very interesting and worth a visit. Not to mention the Kazuri bead factory is just round the corner. The film has a huge influence on the place with a lot of the furnishings being from the film rather than original.

The grounds are gorgeous. I didn't spend a huge amount of time there as I was visiting with a friend from work, but I imagine for couples a gorgeous day can be made of it.

Visited November 2012
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