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African Heritage House

Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 721 518389
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The highlight of my trip to Kenya

Alan Donovan's African Heritage House was the highlight of my trip to Kenya. He designed this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TravelbugVietnam
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Green jewel with highly interesting features

We loves the view of the house and the panorama in the national park. The building is amazing... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2018
Pascale R
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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 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 8 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.

Thank rupiNairobi
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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...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...More

Thank Wambui K
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Chris O
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Response from PayalShah189 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on whether you are having a tour or lunch. If need be contact Alan directly . Cell: +254 721 518389 ..
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alwildflower3
16 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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