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African Heritage House

Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 721 518389
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a unique gate into African traditions

This is a truly unique space, magical and real at the same time, bringing home the diversity and... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
mamelina2
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Nairobi, Kenya
Amazing cultural tour & dinner

What a unique place in a wonderful setting at the edge of Nairobi National Park. Traveling through... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Michaelloose
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Geneva, Switzerland
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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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Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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+254 721 518389
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This is a truly unique space, magical and real at the same time, bringing home the diversity and richness of traditions of various African ethnicities. It is difficult to make all these diverse traditions coexist so harmoniously in one space, but the Heritage House manages...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

What a unique place in a wonderful setting at the edge of Nairobi National Park. Traveling through this prestigious collection of African artworks is such a amazing experience. Afterwards having a sundowner, enjoying the stunning views on the park and then getting served a delicious...More

Thank Michaelloose
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Alan Donovan's African Heritage House was the highlight of my trip to Kenya. He designed this magnificent house to accommodate a lifetime's collection of African Art. One of his staff acted as tour guide and we started at the railway line which in the past...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We loves the view of the house and the panorama in the national park. The building is amazing every detail item is purposely there every story is told and all in perfect harmony. This is a life work. The house also offers accomodation. As visitor...More

Thank Pascale R
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Fell in love with this place, prices are pretty steep (for lunch & board), and quite out of the way (GPS is a little iffy), but it makes a great getaway for a honeymoon destination! I’d stop by again, but this time for a night!...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We visited the African Heritage House on the last day of our visit to Kenya. We spent 2 hours there which was not really enough time to really soak up the atmosphere and information contained over 4 levels of the House. Lunch was excellent and...More

2  Thank 1955Mick
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

We were fortunate to attend a dinner hosted by Alan Donovan. What an entertaining, colorful gentleman. His art collection is amazing! The African Heritage House is a peaceful setting that caters to artist and art lovers. If you are looking for a hidden gem, we...More

Thank MrsWhere2Next
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

2  Thank shonabrad
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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...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.

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Chris O
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Response from Brenda O | Reviewed this property |
Not certain about the entrance fee. Chris
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alwildflower3
17 December 2015|
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Response from Brenda O | Reviewed this property |
Hi I don't have the logistics about staying there I know it's Alan Donovan's house. I just went sight seeing nothing major. But I believe he can arrange something for you and your daughter.
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