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“More meaningful than beautiful, except the grounds” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Rd | Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 8002139
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Day Tour from Nairobi: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
Ranked #5 of 109 things to do in Nairobi
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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.
Red Bank, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“More meaningful than beautiful, except the grounds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

If you love Karen Blixen / Izak Dinesen, as I do, then this is a lovely visit. If not, I guess the attraction would be to see how the British colonialists lived and exploited Kenya in the first part of the 20th century. Well, at least to see how they lived.

Following a visit to and tour of the house, don't miss the Kazuri bead factory nearby. I don't even like beads, but was seduced by the tour of the "factory", the story of the women who earn their livelihood there, and the gorgeous, lush, fabulous necklaces they make. We ended up buying 4 necklaces and 2 ceramic plates. Totally worth it!

Then we had lunch at the Karen Blixen cafe. Expensive, but again an immersion into depraved, exploitive British colonialism.

How can I still love Karen Blixen? (a) she was Danish, and not as bad as most of the ex-pats at the time; and (b) her prose is exquisite. Now that's a real seduction.

Visited December 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We had a great tour of the house, it was beautiful, the mountains and trees around it was just breath taking. Th staff were very happy to show you around. Great place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Enjoyable but don't travel a long way”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

It was interesting and has great grounds. The tour guides are very professional and really seem to know and be proud of there topic. It's hard to give a great review as it is such a quick experience and I think if you travelled much more than our 15 min drive you would be disappointed. The exception to this May be a mad Karen Blixen fan

Visited December 2013
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“I loved it because of the film”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

It was amazing to see this place, because I loved the film. It might not be of interest to you if you haven't seen "Out of Africa".

Visited January 2013
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“Very interesting- good guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Very interesting- well presented by the guide. We also visited the bead factory- that was also brilliant. Only problem with the museum is that it would not accept our dollars( they were too new)- luckily our taxi driver lent us the money and we repaid at the airport

Visited November 2013
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