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African Heritage House

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Address: Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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+254 721 518389

The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Park is...

The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Park is described by the Architectural Digest as "an architecture arising from the sere Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration" .Inside one journeys through a spectrum of African textiles, masks, art, artifacts, crafts, books and photographs. Designed by American Alan Donovan, co-founder of the African Heritage, Africa's first Pan African Gallery, the house is a combination of the mud architecture from across Africa. Tours cost a minimum of K. Sh. 3000.00 (about $40) for up to 5 persons and thereafter K. Sh. 500 for each additional person.

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African Heritage House

What an amazing and inspirational day spent with Alan Donovan at his beloved African Heritage House. So much to take in that I recommend a full day at this destination. The meals... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What an amazing and inspirational day spent with Alan Donovan at his beloved African Heritage House. So much to take in that I recommend a full day at this destination. The meals provided were excellent and his staff are welcoming and warm. A truly unforgettable experience. So much respect for Alan's knowledge and the art collections he has built up.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Excellent. I've stayed at the house with several groups of friends and business associates over the last 7-8 years. Each time a different experience depending of the guests, season, weather etc. - but always excellent and extraordinary. Overlooking the national park, stunning sunset, lovely food and beauty in every corner of the house. Alan Donovan clearly build the house out... More 

1 Thank mariannesondergaard
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

It's architecture based on the mud mosques of West Africa, it's a mine-field of Africa's arts and a great place to visit, stay and enjoy - overlooking Nairobi National Park.

Thank rupiNairobi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

If you are fortunate enough to be allowed into the African Heritage House and given a tour by the owner, Alan Donovan, take it! I rank the experience second only to the safari. Mr. Donovan has lived such an incredible life and amassed a collection like none I have ever seen. Not only did we get to see the art... More 

Thank littlepistol
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Afternoon very well spent. Visited with a couple of friends and i must say, i will be back............. Downside, we drove around for over an hour looking for the entrance which is not well demarcated (small and hidden). Entrance is overgrown with bushes and can be also be easily missed because of the trucks on the main highway to Nairobi.... More 

Thank Wambui K
Bendigo, Australia
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

So many exciting and interesting things to learn at Alan's house. The meal provided was also excellent. Its a must visit to see a part of history.

Thank Metika C
Frisco, Texas
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

My friends and I visited here for a tour of the house and lunch. The owner had business in Nairobi and was unable to be there, so the tour was conducted by one of the staff, who carried the owner's recorded tour and switched it on and off at appropriate places in the house....which were frequent. The house itself is... More 

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Reviewed 23 January 2017

I live in Nairobi and I think this is one of the best half-day activities I have ever done! I took some visiting friends and we all really enjoyed it. The setting is beautiful and the house is fascinating. So much art and displayed in a mixture that lets things from different regions play off against each other. The overall... More 

1 Thank ElizLR
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Been coming here for years! The owner and the staff are so warming and always helpful. The food is always delicious, so do try it if you there. The place has a lot of character and best African collection of jewellery and artefacts.

Thank michellemanguette
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I visited African Heritage House with friends for the second time I've been in Nairobi. It is absolutely one of my favorite places to go. The owner, Alan Donavon, has accumulated the largest collection of African art on the entire continent. He has traveled through most of the countries for 50 years obtaining an unbelievable collection of the continent's finest... More 

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