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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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  • We visited the African Heritage House on the last day of our visit to Kenya. We spent 2 hours there which was not really enough time to really soak up the atmosphere and information contained over 4 l...  more »
  • 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 ar...  more »
  • 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 excelle...  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.
  • Outstanding collection. A MUST visit
  • Do not go to this place. 1. It's really hard to find 2. When we got there there they were extremely rude 3. They wanted me to pay 40 USD just to walk in (there was no price list, I just think that was the price they felt like saying at the moment) 4. Absolutely nothing to see there except for the view over the national park, which you can get a several places for free. All in all, a waste of time and money.
  • African Heritage House is a good place to take photos for your wedding. It's a real African house with a collection of arts from all over Africa.
  • Amazing history of African arts and culture here. There are two guided tours at 2pm and​ 5pm. The host is very gracious. Great view of the Nairobi National Park and the SGR

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You'll have plenty of lodgings to choose from for your stay in Nairobi, as the city boasts various accommodation options, largely concentrated in the center, near the main railway station. Budget-constrained visitors can opt for camping or a dormitory-style establishment, while those wanting luxury can look farther away from downtown and choose a hotel or apartment in a tranquil, verdant setting. Nairobi offers tourists a variety of mid-market accommodations, including chains, business hotels, and peaceful suburban resorts.
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