The African Heritage House overlooks the Nairobi National Park. It is a personal project of Alan Donovan who is also its owner.

A gate post of the owner of The African Heritage House

WELCOME TO THE AFRICAN HERITAGE HOUSE!

I had the opportunity to visit the African Heritage House with very limited time. I still feel I didn’t do any justice taking enough photographs of the ‘most photographed house’ in Africa.

Entrance to The House

ALL OF AFRICA IN A HOUSE.

Just as its name reads, The House holds in it Africa’s heritage.

Side view of The African Heritage House

Front view of The African Heritage House

It not only hosts various art collections spanning many years ago but also some pieces of rare artifacts with value considered priceless!

The art pieces range from content all the way from Senegal to Somalia and from Tunisia all the way down to South Africa.The cultural value of the African Heritage House to all of Africa is immeasurable!

INSPIRATION OF ITS DESIGN.

As you speak to Alan, you will realise how much the adventurous gene was in him. The existence of The House is owed to his adventurous spirit. He completed building it in 1994 drawing inspiration of  from the traditional mud-brick architecture in Mali, West Africa. He will mention to you about how The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali was particularly vital to its design.

SAVED FROM A TRAIN WRECK.

Not withstanding the fact that the owner had pooled massive history about the wealth of Africa into one place, the Government of Kenya had slated to demolish the house to make way for a ‘modern’ railway line. If it was not for Kenyans who rallied online to save the legendary house, it would not be there any more.

Roof terrace overlooking the Nairobi National Park

 

Mazeras Stone pool at the African Heritage House

VISITING THE AFRICAN HERITAGE HOUSE.

The stunning exhibition house can only be visited by prior arrangement. You may contact Alan if you wish to visit The House on his email. ( [email protected] ) A tour of  the African Heritage House is a minimum of Kshs. 4000 for up to 4 persons (1-4) and then each person thereafter is Kshs. 4000.  A meal with a tour (lunch or sundowner dinner) is Kshs. 3000 per person.

Nairobi National Park from the veranda

The African Heritage House is probably the most stunning place I have been to.

Viva Africa!