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Mombasa Road Box 17871, Nairobi 00100 Kenya
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#6 of 498 in Nairobi
The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Parkis described by the prestigious Architectural Digest as " a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration" Designed by American Alan Donovan, the house is a combination of architectural styles from across the continent. Tours of the house interior reveal the beauty of Africa's art and crafts.
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Sophie M wrote a review Sep 2020
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On my birthday, Hubby and I went to experience African Heritage. We should have done this many years before! The art itself steals the show! Allan himself took us on the house tour and told us the rich history behind it all. A must see for art, history and culture lovers.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Madalienne P wrote a review Jan 2020
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We were a group of 3 preparing to return to CA at the end of a 2 week stay in Kenya that included travel to Mt. Kenya area, Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara. While we only stayed one night, we learned a great deal about African Heritage through the owner/founder Alan Donovan. He accepted us into his home, joined us for conversation and meals and helped set all that we had learned in context, not just about Kenya, but the continent of Africa. The rooms were sumptuous, the food absolutely delicious and the conversations covered history, politics, art and culture to such a degree that upon returning home I read Alan's book, African Heritage. On our flight home, once we could put words to our emotions, we discussed the entire trip, with a focus on our last night and our experiences and conversations with Alan. We learned a great deal in the final 24 hours of our trip, thanks to Alan and his staff. We began planning our next trip to Kenya, one that would start and end with a minimum of 2 days at the beginning of the trip and another 2 days before returning home. This was a cultural experience in and of itself.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: The house is located off the noisy streets, set back with a view overlooking Nairobi Game Park. ...
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Gene K wrote a review Oct 2019
Alexandria, Virginia52 contributions57 helpful votes
I spent one night here to get out of Nairobi after hearing so much about it. My stay did not disappoint. I arrived early afternoon and had time to meet Alan Donovan and discuss his various projects. Other guests arrived for the 90 minute tour which was enlightening and incredibly educational. Dinner was delicious and my sleep was deep....the frogs from the pool sang all night, providing a wonderful backdrop. You really sensed you were far away from everything. I stayed in the Lamu room which I can recommend highly....every detail was thought through from furniture to African decorations to bathroom plumbing. Having your own veranda to look out over the National Park was lovely and provided protection from the occasional rain shower. I left after a hearty breakfast and look forward to returning again. Great for a first night or last night stay as it is close ( 10 min) to JKIA international airport.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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L. Rathgeber wrote a review Aug 2019
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What a gem! Thank you for the experience! We were unable to take a meal or spend the night, but we wished we had! Each room is filled with treasures from different parts of Africa, and a visit includes a personal tour so that one can see and appreciate this amazing collection of art work and historical pieces.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled
Sandy0711 wrote a review Jun 2019
Mumbai 39 contributions22 helpful votes
you will see a small africa in heart of Nairobi, all kind of African cultures will be seen in this small house and you will be glad to visit tis place. its not very far from Nairobi but at distance of 20 Kms from westalnd area in Nairobi
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Evelynne G wrote a review Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia898 contributions337 helpful votes
We met Alan Donovan the owner of the home. A very interesting man who has had a wonderful career. He arranges art and fashion shows in many countries. His collection of artifacts is wonderful. The guided tour was recorded by Alan and played by his Guide. The tour was very interesting. After the tour our family all ate lunch with Alan. A charming man who was very interesting to chat to The lunch was included in the cost of the tour and it was really delicious
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled
Vida J wrote a review May 2017
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An impressive African art and textile collection displayed esthetically in a magnificient Mali inspired adobe home. Alan willingly shares his deep knowledge of tribal arts and crafts. This experience should not be missed by anyone who appreciates and enjoys learning more about African art. It is well worth the visit just to enjoy the great lunch and view.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Traveled
_Mags_NL wrote a review Apr 2017
Luanda, Angola283 contributions38 helpful votes
I absolutely loved the tour of the house. Alan has the most amazing collection of African artefacts beautifully displayed in the house. The guide or Alan can passionately tell you any details you want to know about the often historic artefacts. I also had a delicious home cooked lunch there that I think was good value. The vegetarian option was as good as the chicken option and the many side dishes gave me plenty of choice. I booked the visit only one day before so don't be put off if you don't like to plan in advance. I booked the driver suggested on Alan's website who was punctual. Speaking to taxi drivers afterwards I found out that you can probably get a cheaper deal if you find your own taxi driver but they don't all know the way to the house. This place is absolutely unmissable if you have an interest in African art. The collection is better than what you'll find in the National Museum.
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Date of stay: April 2017
maria d wrote a review Dec 2016
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After 6 years spent in this beautiful country, we coudn't leave without visiting this well known and amazing house. We were not desappointed! The house and Alan's collection of african art is wonderful! Our guide was very knowlegeable and lunch on the terrace facing Nairobi National Park was very pleasant. As collectors and admirers of african art, we were delighted by some old and rare pieces of the collection. If you are in Nairobi this place really deserves a visit.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Traveled
Lori H wrote a review Sep 2016
Ada, Michigan9 contributions11 helpful votes
We had such a fabulous experience including lunch and great conversation with Alan. You must call ahead and make plans for this private tour. Definitely a highlight not to be missed. The views and authentic artifacts he's collected are amazing. What a tasty lunch his staff made for us to share with him.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Traveled
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Frequently Asked Questions about African Heritage House
Which popular attractions are close to African Heritage House?
Nearby attractions include Gateway Mall (1.7 miles), The Whiskey Library (1.4 miles), and Irish Corner (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at African Heritage House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at African Heritage House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at African Heritage House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to African Heritage House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Java House Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Paul Caffe, and Aroma.
Are there opportunities to exercise at African Heritage House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.