About Karen, Nairobi
Karen is an upmarket suburb in Nairobi, situated south west of the city centre. This rich neighbourhood borrws its name from Karen Blixen, the Danish author of the colonial memoir Out of Africa.
Karen's farm occupied the land where the suburb now stands. The derivation of the name may in fact be more slightly complex. Blixen herself was known to her friends in Africa not as Karen but as Tanne. Today, the thought of Karen invokes images of wealth and serenity. Nyumbani Orphanage is situated in Karen. The leafy Nairobi greenbelt is perhaps one of the most desirable neighborhoods.
Tourist Attractions in Karen
The most outstanding tourist attraction in Karen is Karen Blixen House. The home of Karen the famed author is now a national museum, and it is maintained for visitors in its original condition.
Anyone coming to Karen with interest in Karen Blixen's book Out of Africa, or the subsequent film, needs to visit this museum because it was the setting of the film.
Karen Blixen lived on a coffee estate in a house known as Bogani from 1914 to 1931. Those who have read the book, or seen the film, will recognize the house with its expansive tropical garden and views of the nearby Ngong Hills. The Museum can be reached by road from Nairobi.
Hotels in Karen
Hotels in Karen are filled with lovely and intriguing atmosphere, with maximum hospitality at an affordable rate. Popular hotels in Karen include Hemingways Nairobi, Palatial Gardens Karen and Karen Country Lodge.
Karen Hotels offer warmth and exquisite pampering to guests, with very good cuisine and the serenity needed for a city break.