NAIROBI LOCAL CULTURE & HISTORY
Delve into Kenya’s cultural and natural history with a visit to one of Nairobi’s informative museums.
KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM
Step back in time at the Karen Blixen Museum, which offers a glimpse into the colonial era of Kenya’s history. Once the farmhouse of Baroness Karen Blixen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke, the house gained international fame through the Oscar-winning film ‘Out of Africa’ which is based on her autobiography of the same name. The museum provides guided tours of the house and beautifully serene grounds and gives you a sense of the style of Karen Blixen’s home with a number of original pieces of furniture still in place. There is a small gift shop and stunning views over the Ngong Hills. This visit is short, but worth it if you have an interest in Kenya’s past.
BOMAS OF KENYA
Bomas of Kenya offers a small-scale glimpse of the entire country and emphasises the wonderful diversity of culture, lifestyles, crafts, music and dancing found across the many tribes throughout the nation. There are model villages showcasing different styles of traditional African huts, as well as cultural artefacts and information about the way of life of different tribes. An enchanting traditional dance and acrobatic show takes place here from 02:30 pm to 04:00 pm every weekday and from 03:30 pm to 05:15 pm on weekends and public holidays. Bomas of Kenya is ideally located for a stop off at some of the local shops such as Utamaduni and Langata Link, either on the way there or on the way back.
NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM
Visit the Nairobi National Museum for an education in Kenya’s wonderfully rich heritage. Afterwards, you can take a stroll through the museum’s botanical gardens. This activity takes up half a day as the museum is in a different area of Nairobi to Giraffe Manor, so travel there can take up to an hour depending on traffic. The museum contains a fabulous and extensive collection of stuffed birds, so worth a visit for any budding ornithologists.
Did you know, there are over 40 different tribes in Kenya? Visit Bomas of Kenya for a taster of the country’s diverse cultural heritage.