Blixen Museum Day Tour
Visits the Famous Karen Blixen Museum - A Beautiful
Farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa,
lived between 1917 and 1931, until she left Kenya
after a Series of Personal Tragedies in Nairobi
is located on Karen Road, between the Karen College
and Bogani Road in the residential neighborhood of Karen
and is 15 Kilometers outside Nairobi City. The Museum
is open from 0930 Hours to 1800 Hours)
Karen Blixen Museum Day
Blixen Museum Day
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Blixen Museum Nairobi Day Tour visits the famous
Karen Blixen Museum
located on the outskirts of Nairobi on Karen road. Its
history dates back to 1914, during the First World War,
with the arrival of Karen Blixen from Denmark.
the foot of Ngong Hills, Karen Blixen established herself
as a farmer. After her departure in 1931, the suburbs
retained the commemorative home of Karen. The
Danish government donated the house and the surrounding
land to Kenya after independence.
house was restored by the Danish government, and was
used during the filming of "Out of Africa"
which immortalized Karen Blixen's book by the same name.
Karen Blixen Museum was opened to the public in 1986.
A striking feature about Karen Blixen Museum is the
house built in 1910 has a red tile roof and mellow wood
paneling in the rooms. When Karen Blixen bought the
property, it had 6,000 acres of land but only 600 acres
were developed for growing coffee; the rest was retained
under natural forest.
of the original furniture is on display in the house.
The original kitchen has been restored, and is now open
for viewing. A Dove Stove similar to the one used by
Karen Blixen is on display, as are the kitchen utensils.
Reconstruction of the coffee factory, along with other
old farm machinery is underway.
aim here is to take an individual back in time, and
provide a visual impression of each settler life in
Kenya. Karen Blixen Museum has become a herb of various
activities including private parties, research and visitation,
from all over the world. The income so generated is
used to refurbish and maintain Karen Blixen Museum and
other regional museums.
Blixen Museum Nairobi
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Blixen Museum Nairobi Day Tours depart daily from Nairobi
Blixen Museum Nairobi Tour Rates Includes:
Price per person
All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your
Professional English speaking African Spice Safaris
* Visit Karen
Langata, Karen District Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi Tour Rates Excludes:
Personal expenses such as drinks
to your Safari Driver Guide
Optional activities the stipulated itinerary
Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
Communication charges, visas, international airfares
and airport taxes
to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost
applies for tours starting from the airport)
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Blixen Museum Information
Blixen (1885-1962), also known by her pseudonym, Isak
Dinesen, is famous for her memoir, Out of Africa, and
for several works of fiction, including Seven Gothic
Tales (1934) and Winter's Tales (1942). A 2007 poll
of opinion in her native Denmark lists Karen Blixen
as one of the most representative personalities in Danish
was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
She wrote in English, after living on a coffee farm
in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. She married her second cousin,
Baron Bror Blixen of Sweden, thereby acquiring the title
Baroness. Following their separation and divorce, she
had a long affair with the safari hunter, Denys Finch
Hatton, son of a titled English family.
1931, after losing the coffee farm in the Great Depression,
Karen Blixen returned to Denmark and embarked on the
writing career that lasted until her death in 1962.
She was played by Meryl Streep in the 1985 film Out
memoir was arresting in many ways, especially in its
oblique references to the author's love story with the
English hunter Denys Finch Hatton. It left the reader
tantalized by a series of enigmas: Who was the writer's
husband, and what happened to him? Why didn't she and
Finch Hatton marry? Did she ever plan to return to Africa?
What was her life now?
answers to these questions remained private until after
her death. She had married a Swede named Baron Bror
von Blixen-Finecke, her second cousin, from whom she
took the title Baroness. Bror was the twin of the celebrated
horseman, Hans von Blixen-Finecke, the man Karen was
in love with in her youth. Bror himself wrote a book
describing how he and his wife had set out to run a
pioneer farm in Kenya. They divorced after eleven difficult
years of marriage.
fought the divorce, and her Letters from Africa suggest
that she loved her husband. Bror married again twice,
but Karen did not remarry and never had children. Her
talent for hospitality in Kenya attracted a variety
of aristocratic and bohemian friends, including Berkeley
Cole. She called Denys Finch Hatton the love of her
life, but the nature of their relationship has never
She appears to have suffered two miscarriages during
the eight or more years of the affair. However, the
writer Beryl Markham, a friend of Karen Blixen and Denys
Finch Hatton, claimed to biographers that Finch Hatton
to the world wide economic depression and miscalculations
in pioneer farming, Karen Blixen's coffee farm, financed
by her family, never turned a profit. She was homesick
much of her time in Africa. Although she had her farm
for nearly 18 years, she spent nearly four years of
that time in her beloved Denmark. She left Kenya in
1931 and never returned.
Blixen [Isak Dinesen] can be compared with no other
writers. Her voice was formed by her Scandinavian roots,
and influenced by a wide variety of works of European
literature. Her writing places emphasis on story, rather
than characters, and on the philosophical understanding
of personal identity.
stories underline a fascination with the role of fate
in controlling the lives of human beings. She believed
that a person's response to the vicissitudes of fate
offers a possibility for heroism and, ultimately, for
small selection of her literary influences include:
Milton's Paradise Lost
Percy Bysshe Shelley
* Shakespeare's plays
Mozart's Don Juan
* Charles Baudelaire
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of Nairobi located
on Karen Road, between the Karen College and Bogani
Road in the residential neighborhood of Karen and is
15 Kilometers outside Nairobi City | Kenya
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