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Africa Heritage House: The Best Place To Visit In Nairobi

African Heritage House (AHH) sits on an 8-acre piece of land that overlooks the vast Nairobi National Park, commonly referred to as “The Wor...

African Heritage House (AHH) sits on an 8-acre piece of land that overlooks the vast Nairobi National Park, commonly referred to as “The World’s only Wildlife Capital.” You can see animals pottering in the distance from here. Between the AHH house and the park, one also gets to see the two railway lines; the old narrow colonial railway line that was built by the British in 1898 and there is the Chinese SGR Railway line.



It took Alan Donovan, founder of African Heritage 4 years to complete building the house. The inspiration behind the turreted facade, he says, was the towering mosques in Mali that he had seen, made of mud. He travelled to Yemen, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Madagascar to study the traditional mud architectures, something he wanted to incorporate when designing the house together with David Bristow, who helped him with the technical drawings.

African Heritage House consists of 4 levels/ floors with 5 bedrooms plus a terraced garden on the rooftop. There is also a pool house extension in the compound. The walls of the house are made of stones mined locally and hand carved into blocks. During construction of the house, the stones were covered with layers of cement which Alan dyed to look like mud. The last coat was then mixed with glue and bond create.


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