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Karen Blixen Museum Finch Hattons Memorial Grave Day Tour to Karen Blixen House Museum located in Karen and the memorial grave yard of Finch hattons in the outskirts of Nairobi at the foot of the Ngong Hills. combines a visit
Denys George Finch Hatton (born on 24th April 1887 – Died on the 14th May 1931) was an aristocratic big-game hunter and the lover of Baroness Karen Blixen (also known by her pen name as Isak Dinesen).
Karen Blixen wrote about him in her autobiographical book Out of Africa, first published in 1937. In the book, his name is hyphenated: “Finch-Hatton”.
Our tour begins with a visit to Karen Blixen’s house which has been wonderfully preserved with some beautiful antiques, a wide veranda, old outdoor kitchen with original utensils and then a rolling lawn with a view of the Ngong hills.
Karen Blixen Museum history dates back to 1914, during the First World War, with the arrival of Karen Blixen from Denmark. At 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
Once you have finished your visit in the museum you will be driven up to the Ngong Hills to Denis Finch Hatton’s grave – a memorial to Karen Blixen’s lover. It is located inside a Kikuyu garden.
Later we return back to the city and drop you off at your residence.
Karen Blixen Museum Finch Hattons Memorial Grave Day Tour Itinerary
0800 Hours: Depart from your hotel and drive south to the leafy suburb of Karen (Named after Karen Blixen). To have a context for the day and Karen’s life we visit her house and farm (which is now a museum) from where she wrote her book out of Africa.
From here we continue south around 20 kilometers to the Ngong Hills. Views of these hills were loved by Karen and her now the burial grounds for Karen’s lover Denys Finch Hatton. After a walk across the hills and an optional picnic lunch (at an extra cost) and later return to your hotel/ residence in Nairobi.
1600 Hours: We are back at hotel/ residence.
Brief History of Karen Blixen Life in Africa
A very famous Dane, Karen was born in Denmark in 1885. She achieved international fame from writing her life story which was published and then made into the movie Out Of Africa.
She came to African after an arranged marriage to her cousin Baron Von Blixen, She bought Bogani House which included 6000 acres and started a coffee farm – although she wasn’t very successful for a number of reasons, like bad soil, locust plague, drought and finally a factory fire.
So she ended up bankrupt and had to auction all her belongings, including the house to pay her dept. After the sale of the house in 1931 she left Africa bound for Denmark where she died in 1962.
The museum was bought in 1959 by the Danish government and was given as a present to Kenya on independence day in 1963. Karen was a great painter and a writer and loved hunting.
At her home, which is now a museum you can see old photographs plus some of the original furniture, paintings and books she wrote.
From Karen Blixen’s house there were great views to the Ngong hills. From this small range of four peaks there are breathtaking views of Nairobi city and across the vast plains of the great Rift valley.
The word “Ngong” means knuckles – and from a distance the hills ridges do resemble knuckles of a hand. Legend has it that a giant God stumbled while digging the rift valley and the imprint of his fist left the ridge’s four peaks.
The hills extend around 15 km’s north to South and have an average of around 2350 meters; There is a mixture of woodland, farmland, thick grasses and wild flowers.
You are unlikely to come across large game while trekking although you may see antelopes, zebra, giraffe, bushbuck and buffalo. There are a large variety of birds species resident to the hill.
And depending on your route and interest you will make a stop and pay your respect at Denys Finch Hatton final resting place.
Karen Blixen Museum Finch Hattons Memorial Grave Day Tour Prices
Karen Blixen Museum Finch Hattons Memorial Grave Day Tour Rates Includes:
Lunch + All entry fees + Game Ranger Escort + Professional experienced local guide + Optional hiking tour of the Ngong Hills + Round trip pick up and drop off transport from Nairobi
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* This tour departs daily and also private departures are available
* Remember to bring: Sunhat, sunscreen, drinking water, Camera, binoculars, money for souvenirs and gifts
Karen Blixen Museum Finch Hattons Memorial Grave Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:
* International Airfare
* Accommodations in Nairobi
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such travelling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary