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African Heritage House

Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 721 518389
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We were fortunate to attend a dinner hosted by Alan Donovan. What an entertaining, colorful... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
African Heritage House

What an amazing and inspirational day spent with Alan Donovan at his beloved African Heritage... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
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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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“alan donovan” (22 reviews)
Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 721 518389
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We were fortunate to attend a dinner hosted by Alan Donovan. What an entertaining, colorful gentleman. His art collection is amazing! The African Heritage House is a peaceful setting that caters to artist and art lovers. If you are looking for a hidden gem, we...More

Thank MrsWhere2Next
Reviewed 21 April 2017

What an amazing and inspirational day spent with Alan Donovan at his beloved African Heritage House. So much to take in that I recommend a full day at this destination. The meals provided were excellent and his staff are welcoming and warm. A truly unforgettable...More

2  Thank shonabrad
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Excellent. I've stayed at the house with several groups of friends and business associates over the last 7-8 years. Each time a different experience depending of the guests, season, weather etc. - but always excellent and extraordinary. Overlooking the national park, stunning sunset, lovely food...More

1  Thank mariannesondergaard
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It's architecture based on the mud mosques of West Africa, it's a mine-field of Africa's arts and a great place to visit, stay and enjoy - overlooking Nairobi National Park.

Thank rupiNairobi
Reviewed 10 April 2017

If you are fortunate enough to be allowed into the African Heritage House and given a tour by the owner, Alan Donovan, take it! I rank the experience second only to the safari. Mr. Donovan has lived such an incredible life and amassed a collection...More

Thank littlepistol
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Afternoon very well spent. Visited with a couple of friends and i must say, i will be back............. Downside, we drove around for over an hour looking for the entrance which is not well demarcated (small and hidden). Entrance is overgrown with bushes and can...More

Thank Wambui K
Reviewed 5 March 2017

So many exciting and interesting things to learn at Alan's house. The meal provided was also excellent. Its a must visit to see a part of history.

Thank Metika C
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

My friends and I visited here for a tour of the house and lunch. The owner had business in Nairobi and was unable to be there, so the tour was conducted by one of the staff, who carried the owner's recorded tour and switched it...More

Thank Rootie429
Reviewed 23 January 2017

I live in Nairobi and I think this is one of the best half-day activities I have ever done! I took some visiting friends and we all really enjoyed it. The setting is beautiful and the house is fascinating. So much art and displayed in...More

1  Thank ElizLR
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Been coming here for years! The owner and the staff are so warming and always helpful. The food is always delicious, so do try it if you there. The place has a lot of character and best African collection of jewellery and artefacts.

Thank michellemanguette
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Chris O
26 January 2016|
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Response from PayalShah189 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on whether you are having a tour or lunch. If need be contact Alan directly . Cell: +254 721 518389 ..
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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