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African Heritage House

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Address: Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 721 518389
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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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Out of Africa Under One Roof. Magic.

If you want to experience something breathtaking and walk though African heritage, art, music, jewellery, tressures from all over Africa this is the place to stay in Nairobi. No... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you want to experience something breathtaking and walk though African heritage, art, music, jewellery, tressures from all over Africa this is the place to stay in Nairobi. No doubt. Alan Donovan is a wonderful host and I have stayed at The African Heritage house 4 times (maybe 5) - and I absolutely love the romantic Lamu Suite. You have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spend our last night here after safari Thanks for Kenya tours &safaris for your recommendation to this house

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really an awesome, unique and romantic place a little bit outside of Nairobi. The African Heritage house was supposed to be destroyed because the railwys was planned to cross the area. Fortunately this wonderful place could be saved from any demolition! The outside is already an artwork, and the rooms are packed with treasures from numerous african countries.... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I heard about the African Heritage House from friends who had visited before, and I was lucky enough to secure a visit during my short time in Nairobi. It is essential to book ahead and to get the specific directions to find the place, because it is a bit of a treasure hunt, but well worth it! I went with... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

My husband Roberto and I went to visit the African Heritage House during our trip to Kenya back in August. It was just and amazing experience to meet and have a chat with Mr Alan Donovan, the owner of the House and to discover his unique collection of African Art. The visit lasts about 1 hour and then you sit... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

What a wonderful experience we had at African Heritage House - our tour lasted for 2 hours but we felt like spending the whole day there... the place is packed with treasures from all over the continent and there is an enormous amount to learn about the culture, art and history that is captured within these treasures. Alan Donovan has... More 

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Nairobi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We live in Nairobi and we are always looking for something fun to do with family/friends when they come visit. We had my parents in town and we took them to tour the Africa Heritage House. Mr. Donovan is an excellent host. Visiting his home is like going to a private museum. It is beautifully decorated with art from all... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Fabulous! Extensive, world-class collection of African art, antique furniture, textiles, carvings, and artifacts--housed in a wonderful, elaborate villa. Luncheon was first rate. Superb host and staff. One of my favorite experiences in Nairobi.

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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

African Heritage House is just a few kms from Nairobi Airport and a trip there is stepping into another world! I thoroughly recommend a visit and if you can possibly stay overnight please treat yourself to the opulent luxury. The architecture is sumptuous and exciting at every turn. The rooms are to die for - sunken baths and draped four... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I have been to the Heritage House a couple of times and every time I visit it's a new experience all together. It is a great source of learning about African Art and lifestyle not only through the collections Alan has but also through the books available on display and for sale. It is very versatile in that you can... More 

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