at a glance

Considered the most exclusive suburb in Kenya. A whites only area were africans were expected to carry a pass when walking in the area even for a period after independence. Three (3) events will have a huge impact on the future of Karen as we know it:- 1. Dualing of the Western Bypass. 2. Completion of the bypass connecting Langata Road at langata Police Station to Prestige Mall. This will form a seamless connection from Westlands through Kileleshwa, Lavington, Kilimani (through Yaya) and on through Ngong Road at Prestige to terminate on Langata Road at Langata Police Station. 3. Dualing of Bomas to Karen shopping centre and onwards to Southern bypass along Dagoretti Road. Dramatized by the adventures of Lord Erroll and named after Karen Blixen, a Danish coffee farmer and author of the colonial memoir Out of Africa which was turned into an Academy Award winning movie by the same name. Her Coffee farm occupied the land where the suburb now stands, and extended upto Embul bul. Blixen’s home has since become a museum and is an International tourist attraction. Her farm’s office is now known as the Karen Coffee Garden. Other tourist attractions in the area includethe giraffe center, the exclusive giraffe manor and the ololua nature trails. Karen lies south-west of Nairobi CBD. It borders the Ngong Forest and is home to the Ngong Racecourse. Karen and Langata jointly form an area of mid to high-income residents. It is a vibrant residential suburb characterized by big mansions, many trees, tranquil atmosphere, and plush gardens. Karen is also a center for many upscale schools, clubs, restaurants and hotels in the city, offering cuisines from around the country and the world. There is a branch of the Red Cross in Karen.




Nairobi Waldorf School, Serare School, HILLCREST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS, West Nairobi School, The Netherlands School Society, St. Hannahs’ Primary School, Karen, Bunks And Biddles School, St. Elizabeth Boys High School, Nairobi Montessori Preparatory School, Emerald International School, St. Hannah’s Boys High School

Food & Drink

Asmara Karen, Dari Restaurant, La Cascina, Open House Karen, Talisman, Subway The Hub Karen, Tamambo Karen Blixen, Burger King – The Hub Karen, Que Pasa, Picazzo, The Mayura, Roast by Carnivore, Mister Wok Chinese Restaurant, Club Legend Karen, Mc Frys – Karen, Haru Restaurant, Ocean Basket Karen Hub, J’s KAREN, Dominos Pizza The hub


Karen Hospital, Amber Medical Clinics, Melchizedek Hospital(Branch), Futureage Medical And Homecare Services, Karen Surgery, Embulbul Catholic Dispensary, AAR Healthcare Karen/Langata Outpatient Centre, Karen Dental Practice/clinic Karen Branch


Nairobi Waldorf School, Cradles and Crayons Daycare, Pretty Roses Daycare

Entertainment Joints

Karen Hospital, Amber Medical Clinics, Melchizedek Hospital(Branch), Futureage Medical And Homecare Services, Karen Surgery, Embulbul Catholic Dispensary, AAR Healthcare Karen/Langata Outpatient Centre, Karen Dental Practice/clinic Karen Branch

Swimming Pool

Natare Gardens, Royale Club Karen, Karen Country Club, Ndemi Place Guesthouse Swimming Pool, Cold Springs Karen Boutique Hotel, Multimedia University of Kenya- club house

Kid play Areas

Funscapes – The Hub, Surina Kids World, Tamambo Karen Blixen

Police Stations

Karen Plains Police Post, Karen Police Station

Grooming Spots

Salmer Fitness Centre Salon and Barber Shop, Extreme Styling Studio, Karen Executive Barbers, Annette Beauty Parlour And Barber Shop, Smartchoice Salon & Barber Shop, Brattian Executive Salon & Barber Shop, Sprouts Kids Salon & Barber Shop, Dadancan Hair Salon & Barber Shop


Karen Catholic Church Transport Interchange, Karen/The Hub Bus Station, Karen Bus Station, Karen Police Station Bus Station, St.Marys Karen Primary School Bus Station, Karen Country Club Transport Interchange, Karen Hospital Transport Interchange

Religious Centres

Mary Magdalene Retreat Centre, Resurrection Garden, Karen Vineyard Church, Dimesse Sisters Karen, Eagles Christian Church, Calvary Chapel Nairobi, Kenya, Karen Community Church, Mercy Ministry Prayer & Fasting Center

Thrift Stores

Karen Provision Store, DECATHLON The Hub-Karen, The Hub Karen, Carrefour


Motor Scope Auto Garage, Umar Auto Garage (UAG), Sangmu Auto Garage

Art Centres

Karen Village

Conferencing Facilities

Scripture Mission Conference Center, Kolping Conference Centre, Don Bosco Youth Educational Services, Karen Country Lodge, Lenana House Conference Center Lavington, Karen Inn & Suites, Karen Camp, Hemingways Nairobi, Bankhouse Retreat Karen, Country House Inn-Karen


Standard Chartered Bank Karen, Chase Bank – The Hub Karen, KCB Kenya Ltd., Barclays Bank Karen, Equity Bank Karen Supreme Centre, Co – Operative Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa – The Hub Karen, PesaPoint POS Ramna – Karen, Stanbic Bank – The Hub Karen, I&M Bank Karen Office Park Branch, PesaPoint ATM DTK – Karen, NIC Bank The Junction Mall

Grocery Markets

Chandarana Foodplus Supermarket (Karen Branch), Karen Provision Store, Zucchini The Hub Karen, Carrefour, Kalimoni Greens, Tuskys Supermarket Crossroads – Karen, Mushroom Kenya (organic farmers market), Sweet World Supermarket Ltd

Service Stations

Shell Petrol Station, Karen, Total Karen Service Station, Petrocity Petrol station, Kabuagi Service Station, Shell Petrol Station – Ngong Road, Kobil Karen, G-gas shop


Trojan Health and Fitness Gym, Fitness Revolution, Betty Charz Toneyt, Yoga Eka Taka, Waziri Palace, Flex Gym & Fitness Center, Maxfit Gym And Fitness Centre, Smart Gyms Junction