Karen Blixen Museum Tavel Guide

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  • Karen Blixen Museum Tavel Guide

Karen Blixen Museum is the farmhouse where author Karen Blixen lived between 1914 and 1931. The lovely colonial house has been preserved as a museum though she left after a series of personal tragedies, it is set in expansive gardens, and is an fantastic place to wander around. The farmhouse gained international fame by release of the movie “Out of Africa” an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same name. Architecture of the house is typical of late 19th century bungalow architecture, including the spacious rooms, horizontal layout verandas, tile roof and stone construction typical of scores of residences built throughout European suburbs of Nairobi in early decades. Karen Blixen called the house “Bogani” or “Mbogani” which mean a house in the woods. It remains a peaceful environment that seems to belong to the past, surrounded by a tranquil garden and indigenous forest, with a brilliant view of Karen’s beloved Ngong Hills.