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African Heritage House, Nairobi

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See a mix of African tribal artifacts at African Heritage House, an architectural landmark representing a combination of mud architecture styles. Designed by an American gallery owner, this private house overlooks a national park and features an eclectic collection of sculptures, costumes, textiles, masks, jewelry, handmade furniture, arts and crafts, books, and photographs. You'll need to arrange your visit and tour in advance; overnight stays and transport by rail or helicopter are negotiable. Plan my Nairobi trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • 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 tradit...  more »
  • 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 sun...  more »
  • 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 gu...  more »
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  • Based on mud architecture from mosques of Mali at Djenne, the house is an architecture masterpiece designed by American former diplomat, arriving in Africa over 50 years ago, Alan Donovan dedicated his life to the preservation and promotion of African Heritage. The house houses a rare collection of African art, most of which have disappeared completely. The house offers Bed and breakfast, meals and day Tours. The staff members makes you feel at home and Alan Donovan is a fine gentleman. The house features a pool house and is overlooking Nairobi National Park.
  • One of the best places to see African art and enjoy a unique experience while eating a delicious meal. Not to miss! They are just a few phone picts but they don’t start to capture the place..
  • Nice collection. Starting to show signs of it age. Needs someone to conserve the collection
  • This is one of the best gems in Machakos, it has an amazing collection of african artifacts and a well designed tour that not only is knowledgeable but creative. It highlights the passion that owner Allan Donavan had in collecting items that span from The kalahari, west Africa, Morocco and of course the East African region. The views from the african heritage house are amazing. The nairobi national park and the Ngong hills are just the picturesque views visible from here. Lunch/dinner is also available but prior bookings are needed. The food is very flavorful and comprises of a 5 course meal. Definitely worth the visit!
  • Outstanding collection. A MUST visit
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