If you are from Nairobi and or live in Nairobi, chances are that you are quite acquainted with the affluent suburbs of Karen. But do you know that Karen is named after world renowned author and artist Karen Blixen. Karen Blixen relocated with her husband Baron Blixen in the early 1900’s left a mark in Kenya, more so Karen where she lived for almost two decades. I spent an afternoon with my friend Sally at the Karen Blixen house in Karen and enjoyed a the beautiful home and the amazing scenery that this beautiful house rest from the leafy green environs but a small section of the Ngong Hills.
This museum is filled with tales of Pre-Colonial Kenya and how a Danish lady made her mark in Kenya whilst here. Her intriguing story was well documented in her memoir Out of Africa an amazing book that gives details to her life with her husband Baron Bror von Blixen and her subsequent marriage fall out and her romantic affair with her lover Denys Finch Hatton.
I highly recommend a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum more so if you are particularly interested in colonial Kenya history. I also suggest grabbing a copy of her book or watching the movie Out of Africa by hollywood heavy weight Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. The Museum environs are so tranquil and the well manicured grass and surrounding greenery puts you in an amazing space, doesn’t nature just put you in a great mood? All this for only kshs. 200 for locals and you can get to the Karen Blixen Museum by taking a KBS Bus No. 24 from Ambassador Bus Stop in Nairobi Central Business District.
Enjoy the pictures of the interior and exterior, soak up just how beautiful and antic this house is. It is almost a century old and still exudes such an amazing architectural vibe.
“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself,” Karen Blixen
Thank you for stopping by and may adventure be with you.