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African Heritage House

Mombasa Road Box 17871, Nairobi 00100 Kenya
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#4 of 461 B&Bs / Inns 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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Veronica wrote a review Sep 2016
Philippines7 contributions3 helpful votes
Visiting the African Heritage House, meeting and having lunch with Alan Donovan had been one of the most memorable trips I ever had! He was not simply accommodating, he is a legend himself- very inspiring! The experience made me look back at my life, ask myself if I had followed my heart, and plan to make a difference moving forward, while following your passion. A real must visit in Kenya! Everything and everyone had just been great!
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Date of stay: August 2016
Michael Eldon wrote a review Jul 2016
Nairobi, Kenya165 contributions37 helpful votes
Alan Donovan's home MUST be visited. It is inspiring, uplifting and so very educational. His nearly half century of immersion in Africa's rich cultural heritage is all here for us to feast on and learn from, in so many forms and dimensions.
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Date of stay: July 2016
Anne M wrote a review Jul 2016
Citta di Castello, Italy41 contributions6 helpful votes
A visit to the African Heritage House is a must for enthusiasts of African culture. The house itself is a work of art - an architectural masterpiece - and it contains an unparalleled private collection of African paintings, sculpture and precious artifacts. The collection was assembled by owner Alan Donovan during his extensive travels on the continent that spanned four decades. Alan's knowledge of African culture is encyclopedic, and he provides his guests with an in-depth guided tour. The house is a visual master class on how to live with museum-quality art and artifacts in a vibrant, comfortable and contemporary way. If you stay overnight, you can linger among exquisite displays of textiles, jewelry, beadwork, wood carvings, musical instruments and tribal items and
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Date of stay: June 2016
Mzungubabe wrote a review May 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia548 contributions94 helpful votes
I went with my mother for a tour with lunch. The collection is amazing and Alan and his staff were very friendly and welcoming. We will be back again, for an overnight stay next time in one of the beautiful suites.
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Date of stay: May 2016
PhotoBugTraveler wrote a review Apr 2016
Denver, Colorado37 contributions24 helpful votes
I recently visited the African Heritage House for the second time. The architecture of the home is breathtaking and Alan Donovan will tell guests about the source of all of the materials used to build it. The collection of African art that Alan has assembled is second to none. He is a font of knowledge and eager to share it with his guests. The food is fantastic and Zack and the rest of the staff are there to attend to your every need. Plan some down time to relax at the pool, explore the art and sit and watch the sunset over Nairobi National Park. Print the map from TripAdvisor as not all taxi drivers and most locals won't know how to find it. Its proximity to the airport (NBO) makes it the perfect place to begin or end a trip to Kenya. Alan is also happy to accommodate
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Date of stay: February 2016
$240 - $302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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