Karen Blixen, Giraffe Centre, Kazuri Beads
Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri Bead Centre & Giraffe Centre Tour enable you to visit 3 great locations in one tour. All situated on the outskirts of Nairobi in the Karen District, this tour takes about 4 Hours.
Karen Blixen Museum is located on the outskirts of Nairobi on Karen road. Its 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.
The house was used during the filming of the famous movie that immortalized Karen Blixen’s book by the same name (‘Out of Africa’). The Museum has beautifully landscaped gardens and an all-encompassing Ngong Hills View.
The Giraffe Center is a wonderful and refreshing experience undertaken during African Spice City excursion. The tour gives a completely up close and personal interaction where guests have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them …….There is an impressive variety of bird’s species which can be viewed through the year.
Next stop is the Kazuri bead centre – a self-help women project where hand made ceramics and jewellery are produced. A visit to the workshop and craft centre will take around one hour and here you will see the various processes.
A knowledgeable guide will show you around where you will see the whole process from the molding of raw clay through to the glazing, decorating and threading of beads as finished products. The salesroom is attractively laid out and a beautiful place to visit.
Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and this describes each and every beautifully hand-made ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women who work at the Kazuri workshop. The beads are kiln fired once, glazed and then fired again before being strung.