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Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum © Fiona Bradley
Karen Blixen Museum © Fiona Bradley

Karen Blixen was a notable Kenyan personality who lived and farmed on the outskirts of Nairobi from 1917 to 1931 when she returned to Denmark bankrupt and heartbroken at being forced to leave Africa. She authored acclaimed books including Out of Africa, which inspired an Oscar winning film of the same name. The main building of the original farmhouse, M'Bogani House, now houses the Karen Blixen Museum and retains much of its original furniture and items of interest. The museum is situated in the suburb of Karen, a short drive from the city centre. The stunning landscapes of the area, however, will be instantly recognisable. Those who have seen the much-loved movie may also be curious about the Muthaiga Country Club: tourists can visit the original clubhouse, which is still active, but women won't be allowed in the members' bar.

Address: Karen Road, Langata, Nairobi

Website: www.museums.or.ke