Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi
For anyone with an interest in Karen Blixen's book Out of Africa or the subsequent film, this museum is a must see. The author lived on a coffee estate in a house known as Bogani
from 1914 until 1931.
This area has now developed into the modern
suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi.
The house is now a
National Museum, and is maintained for visitors in its original
condition. Those who have read the book, or seen the film (which
was filmed on location here) will recognize the house with its
sprawling tropical garden and views of the nearby Ngong Hills.
have been made to decorate all of the rooms of the house in their
The house itself is furnished with a mixture of
original decor and props from the 1985 film production. The grounds
contain displays of farming equipment from the plantation.
museum has excellent trained staff who are well versed in the history
of the house and the life of Karen Blixen. They are available to answer
queries and to give personally guided tours.
The Museum is easily accessible from Nairobi, by taxi or bus.