Karen Nairobi has a museum, a giraffe centre and several luxury hotels and resorts. It is a posh neighbourhood, away from the city centre.
Affluent, Serene Suburb
Karen is one of the plush suburbs in Nairobi. It is adjacent to Ngong Hills and Ngong Forest. Wealthy locals and foreigners live in this upmarket estate. Suburbs neighbouring Karen include Woodley, Ngong, Dagoretti and Waithaka.
This neighbourhood is named after the Baroness Karen Blixen, who owned a coffee plantation there, during the colonial era. When she left for Denmark, the developer who purchased her farm named it after her, in her honour.
This suburb has a commercial centre with malls, a golf club and a host of international schools. It is surrounded by numerous attractions that make Nairobi a great destination for adventure seekers.
Places of Interest in and Near Karen Nairobi
Karen Blixen Museum
Karen’s house, which was the setting for the movie Out of Africa, an adaptation of her book, is now a museum. It exhibits furniture and other items that were in the Baroness’s home.
The Giraffe Centre
This attraction is a sanctuary for Rothschild giraffes. It runs an educational centre where visitors can learn breeding of giraffes.
This is a recycled glass workshop located opposite the Nairobi National Park.
It is Nairobi’s pride, being the only city in the world to have a national park just about an hour away from the city’s skyscrapers. Animals to see here include giraffes, lions and leopards.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
This sanctuary takes care of orphaned elephants and rhinos, and it is located within Nairobi National Park.
Oloolua Nature Trail
Located in Ngong, you can visit this attraction for an easy walk alone or with friends.
Hotels in and Near Karen
House of Waine
This boutique hotel has a variety of rooms and suites. It is a family run property, offering modern comfort for business and leisure travellers. The rooms and suites have chic facilities and amenities such as laptop safes, hair dryers, beverage making facilities, baby cots and air conditioning.
Ngong House is a tree house lodge with a variety of cottages and tree houses. Stay here to live wildly but in a cosy unit with modern facilities and amenities.
Chic, luxurious and serene are there words that define Hemingways Nairobi Resort. It has specious suites, elegant décor, and excellent hospitality services tailored to the needs of business executives and adventure seekers exploring the city.
Karen Country Lodge
Wining and dining at this lodge is as adventurous as exploring the city of Nairobi. In addition, guests enjoy weekly entertainment from a live band.
Karen Country Club
This 18-hole golf course occupies part of the land that was under the coffee plantation of Karen Blixen. It is one of the most beautiful courses in the country, flaunting features such as a lake, a forest of indigenous trees and flowerbeds.
In addition to hotels, Karen has exquisite restaurants such as Purdy Arms, Tamambo Karen Blixen, Osteria, Talisman and Wong Chinese Restaurant among others.