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Nairobi, Africa

Karen Blixen Cottages

Location: Nairobi, Africa IVR # 2803

Accommodations: Cottage - 1+ Bedrooms, 1+ BathRooms, Sleeps 2 to 30

pets NOT allowed  smoking NOT allowed

Description: Visit one of the most romantic pieces of property in the history of the Africa during the 20th century.

The cottages are located in Karen, a beautiful, peaceful suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown Nairobi.

Sitting amongst the oldest formal gardens in Kenya you'll experience the beauty of huge jacaranda, candelabra, cactus, bottlebrush, and many other trees. Over 200 types of flowers bloom through the year and numerous bird feeders attract hundreds of varieties of birds.

Cottage facilities house as many as 30 guests. Eight of the cottages have individual suites and three have two bedroom suites with a common large sitting room. The honeymoon cottage has a large bedroom and sitting room each with a fireplace.

The cottages have been designed after the historic Swedo House to give a sense of reliving history in elegant style. All well appointed cottages have hi-beam ceilings with fireplaces, wood and mazeras stone floors. Mini bars, satellite TVs and internet connections have also been installed.

Each bedroom has a large bathroom with its own shower and bath. Internet connections and phones are available in all rooms. Three cottages have two private suites with a separate dressing room.

All cottages have a verandah for relaxing while enjoying the birds, butterflies and flowers of the garden. We provide feeders to attract a wide variety of birds.

Residents can also enjoy twenty-four-hour room service. A private swimming poll and private garden bar are available for a relaxing afternoon or for small group get togethers. Private outdoor dinner parties by the pool can also be arranged.

The Historic Swedo House at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, Ltd. was the original hunting lodge/farm house which was built around 1906 to 1908. It is located approximately a half mile from the Karen Blixen (Bogani House) museum, and is 15 minutes from downtown Nairobi. When the house was built, it was surrounded by indigenous forest (bush and grasslands), most which was cleared for use as agriculture, particularly coffee in the first quarter of the 20th century.

The old historic house has been renovated as a lounge where you can come enjoy breakfast or lunch, afternoon tea and cocktails and candlelight dinner or after dinner cocktails. Enjoy the historic, copper plated fire place and music playing on the old Gramophone while you listen to talks by "safari guides of golden days in Africa" and internationally known wildlife experts. Formal group "Out of Africa" dinners or receptions can be arranged by reservation.


  • Hi Beam Ceilings
  • Fireplaces
  • Wood and mazeras stone flooers
  • Large bathrooms
  • Satellite TV
  • Internet
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephones

Activities: Golf at Karen Country Club or Race Course Golf Club by Reservation

Horseback riding at Karen Riding School

Table Games available at Reception

Sight seeing tours in Karen and Nairobi

Horse Racing (most Sundays)

Vacation Rental Rates (in US dollars)
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Note: Each vacation rental is individually owned or managed.

Check In Time: 3 p.m.

Check Out Time: 10 a.m.

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Contact Name: Karen Blixen Cottages
Contact Phone: 254-20-88 21 38
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