There are many ways to relive Blixen’s story in Africa. Relive the 1920s during your next visit to Kenya
Karen Blixen led a life of romance and passion, but like all great stories, it was tinged with tragedy. Her heart belonged to an English hunter, Denys Finch Hatton, whom she met whilst already married on a coffee plantation in Africa. Their love scarcely had time to blossom, however, for he died in a plane crash aged 44. Blixen recorded her experiences in a memoir, Out of Africa , which was later made into a motion picture, providing a vivid snapshot of Kenya’s colonial era.
There are many ways to relive Blixen’s story in Africa, to submerge yourself in the romance and decorum of the author’s life. For a start, you can visit the Karen Blixen Museum in Karen (an area named after the writer), which displays many original items from the beginning of the twentieth century that were also used in the filming of Out of Africa.
Alternatively, to sample life as Blixen knew it, go for tea at the Muthaiga Country Club, famous for its popularity among the excessive aristocrats of the 1920s, or listen to some jazz at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden before staying in one of their lovely cottages.
Following this, don your flying jacket and head for Maasai Mara in a small twin-engine aircraft, a flight that will take you past Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano, and over the gigantic Great Rift Valley. Upon safe landing, make your way to the Mara Timbo Camp, close to the Oloololo Gate (where ‘Out of Africa’ was produced). Located on the edge of the Mara River, the camp overlooks two large hippo families comprising around 70 animals, a fascinating and memorable experience for all guests and a unique Kenya accommodation experience.
Alternatively, take a step back in time at Cottars 1920s Safari Camp, also in Mara. Guests are provided with a unique 1920s experience at Cottars, where the rooms are swathed in elegance and antique furniture, with lace-draped wooden trunks, brass gramophones and richly coloured upholstery. Sit back and enjoy the views from chaise-lounges or canvas rocking chairs.
Finally, you must visit Finch Hattons Camp in Kenya’s largest game park, named after Denys Finch Hatton. This exclusive camp offers first class comforts and the finest cuisine, not to mention a fantastic vantage point from which to appreciate the spectacle of the great African wilderness.