Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Karen is the Karen Blixen Museum. A small house whose history tunnels back to the 19th century. The house was previously owned by Swedish engineer Ake Sjogren before it was acquired by Karen Blixen and her husband Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke in 1912.
The aura of the museum’s location is cool and chilled. It also comes with an air of history that hangs above it like a dark cloud.
This site was Karen Blixen’s home from 1914 to 1931. Karen moved to Denmark in 1931 following the untimely death of her husband through a plane crash. It was after she left Kenya that she wrote her famous book Out of Africa. This piece of work, saw her shortlisted for the 1962 Nobel Price in Literature.
Based on Karen’s Blixen autobiography in 1985, the National Museums of Kenya acquired the property and turned it into a museum in 1986.
The museum has been kept in its original state and has become an archive of how life felt like at a time when Karen Blixen lived in Kenya.
From Nairobi CBD, you will need to take a matatu to Karen. From Karen, you will need to take another Matatu to Bogani where the Karen Blixen Museum is located. Alternatively, you could take a matatu from Nairobi CBD that will get you to Galleria Mall, from where you can take another matatu to Bogani.
Should you be using a taxi or driving to the Karen Blixen Museum you could use this pin as your destination.
Feature Image Courtesy: Jioneesafaris