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Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi

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Famed as the real-life setting of the classic memoir "Out of Africa," Karen Blixen Museum stands frozen in time, a monument to the life and times of the late author. Danish author Karen Blixen lived here from 1913 to 1931, running the property as a vast coffee plantation, from which she took inspiration for her writing upon returning to Denmark. Delve into Blixen's life and times with a guided tour of the house, where many of the rooms feature original decor and props from the book's 1985 movie adaptation. Plan your Karen Blixen Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nairobi using our Nairobi attractions planner.
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  • A nice afternoon but wasn't allowed to photograph inside the house for some reason. It was nice to walk around and relax on the grounds and explore nearby. We liked it as we love the movie out of...  more »
  • The guides were excellent and give you a short but very detailed and informative look into the life of Karen Blixen. It is a perfect tour because you get so much information in a short amount of...  more »
  • It's like reliving the movie Out of Africa. In the house you can find things that we saw in the movie: the gramophone and the cuckoo clock, and the pictures show Karen Blixen, an interesting and...  more »
  • Very nice. Good guide. Most of the house is furnished with props from Out of Africa, but that adds to the experience, not detract. Cannot take any photos though. Don't know why.
  • Its small museum with only one theme, so you got to either love museum or have good company. No photos allowed inside the building but they have lovely grounds outside for photo taking. Its fun on Sundays.
  • We were dropped off here by our tour company with no idea about who the author was. Our guide Chris quickly figured out that his normal spiel wouldn't interest us, so he did an excellent job showing us a wonderful time. Our guide really made this location a special stay and a highlight of our time in Nairobi.
  • Beautiful estate, great place to begin or end a safari. The cottages are quaint and there is a lovely pool with beautiful gardens surrounding. There is a restaurant on site and you can eat by the pool. I had a lovely pesto pasta dish, the best I have ever had. I would have liked to spend more time here. I highly recommend this accommodations.
  • If you're a fan of eye book or the film, this place is a must. It's the original home and has a lot of the same furniture and items Karen used or left behind from the filming. The guides are very knowledgeable and will fill you in on the rest. Expect to spend half an hour.

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