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African Heritage House

Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 721 518389
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Surprise visit

I was just taken for a drive which ended here, it was pleasant surprise, did not expect something... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CSRam
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Lagos, Nigeria
Weird, but Interesting

This house is a weird, but interesting house to visit while you're in Nairobi. The tour is led by a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mpdc326
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New York City, New York
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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 1 week ago

I was just taken for a drive which ended here, it was pleasant surprise, did not expect something like this off Mombasa road.It is on the boundary of Nairobi National Park. Beautifully built like the Mud mosque of Mali. The tour inside the museum(close to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is a weird, but interesting house to visit while you're in Nairobi. The tour is led by a guide that does not speak, but rather carries around a boom box with the voice of the founder telling you stories. Every once in a...More

Thank mpdc326
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

This is a place to which words cannot adequately do justice. You have to see it to believe it! You will need to make reservations but the website is excellent especially insofar as the precise directions to the site. Mr. Donovan no longer does the...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Tour by appointment only, and it's 4,000Ksh which is surprisingly hard information to come by in advance. Worthwhile though to see the artifacts from across the continent and hear the knowledgeable guide.

Thank Iain M
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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

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Chris O
26 January 2016|
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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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