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“African Art Collector's Paradise”

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African Heritage House
Ranked #11 of 290 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 May 2017

An impressive African art and textile collection displayed esthetically in a magnificient Mali inspired adobe home. Alan willingly shares his deep knowledge of tribal arts and crafts. This experience should not be missed by anyone who appreciates and enjoys learning more about African art. It is well worth the visit just to enjoy the great lunch and view.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Vida J
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

I absolutely loved the tour of the house. Alan has the most amazing collection of African artefacts beautifully displayed in the house. The guide or Alan can passionately tell you any details you want to know about the often historic artefacts.

I also had a delicious home cooked lunch there that I think was good value. The vegetarian option was as good as the chicken option and the many side dishes gave me plenty of choice.

I booked the visit only one day before so don't be put off if you don't like to plan in advance.

I booked the driver suggested on Alan's website who was punctual. Speaking to taxi drivers afterwards I found out that you can probably get a cheaper deal if you find your own taxi driver but they don't all know the way to the house.

This place is absolutely unmissable if you have an interest in African art. The collection is better than what you'll find in the National Museum.

Stayed: April 2017
Thank _Mags_NL
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

After 6 years spent in this beautiful country, we coudn't leave without visiting this well known and amazing house. We were not desappointed! The house and Alan's collection of african art is wonderful! Our guide was very knowlegeable and lunch on the terrace facing Nairobi National Park was very pleasant. As collectors and admirers of african art, we were delighted by some old and rare pieces of the collection. If you are in Nairobi this place really deserves a visit.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank maria d
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We had such a fabulous experience including lunch and great conversation with Alan. You must call ahead and make plans for this private tour. Definitely a highlight not to be missed. The views and authentic artifacts he's collected are amazing. What a tasty lunch his staff made for us to share with him.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
Thank Lori H
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

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!

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
Thank veronestrella
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Additional Information about African Heritage House

Address: Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 290 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range: $174 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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