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“Interesting experience” 3 of 5 stars
Review of African Heritage House

African Heritage House
Ranked #22 of 109 things to do in Nairobi
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The African Heritage house is absolutely beautiful and has a lot of history. There is much to be learned about African culture, history and backgrounds. Also listening to Allan's stories is quite interesting. However, having spent a night there, I noticed that the rooms are quite cold and lack frequent dusting.

Visited October 2013
Thank Grace I
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One tour is never enough, The more visits the better for enjoyment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I have visited the African Heritage House several times and taken many people to the house but i always feel like i need to go back.

The house is a masterpiece. The 6000 + collections makes it one of a kind in the world, not to mention the myriad parties and events held at the house. Noteworthy is the event to save the Lions of Nairobi National Park, Wedding of the Nobel Prize winner Wangare Maathai's daughter among others.

Make an effort to tour the house whenever in Nairobi. Its proximity to JKIA makes it an ideal place to spend the night, have lunch or dinner or just a tour.

You are missing out if you have not planned a tour.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank 915Felix_T2013
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“This is a jewel - not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Alan Donovan has one of the finest collections of African art in his own home. He guides the tour. You can stay there while it is still a B and B. It may not be for long. Any visitor to Kenya should take the time to see three stories of a lovingly collected and displayed body of work. And then you get fed. Expect to spend 4 to 5 hours there. Just amazing. Nairobi National Park is Alan's back yard.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Wayne B
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Princeville, Hawaii
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“The most amazing house in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

The developer/owner of this house is Alan Donovan, and he is a truly unique individual. We were so glad that we took the time to visit Alan to not only see every room while listening to his stories about many of the artifacts but also enjoy a specially prepared dinner with him. No one else in Africa has dedicated his home to the love of all that is Africa. I bought a necklace that he had made and will never forget his hospitality.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank kauaiswimmer
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A wonderful experience. Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

In mid-October, my friend and I had the great pleasure of visiting Alan Donovan at his beautiful home overlooking the Nairobi National Park. Alan was a marvellous host, providing us with a highly informative tour of his magnificent unique collection of African artifacts, a swim in his exquisite pool listening surrounded by beautiful sculpture, plants, and music by Ayub Ogada, and a wonderful dinner. Alan has devoted his life to preserving the art, architecture and knowledge of many African tribes and his home is a magnificent reflection of the wonders of Africa. Cannot recommend a visit and stay to African Heritage House highly enough.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank TorontoDrB
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