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Shanga & Shanga Foundation

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Address: Dodoma Road | Arusha Coffee Lodge - Elewana, Arusha, Tanzania
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+255 689 759 067
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

Combining an uplifting local community project with unique artistic...

Combining an uplifting local community project with unique artistic activities and an opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, Shanga has been a favourite Arusha destination since 2007.

Shanga is all about the workshop where over 50 disabled Tanzanians recycle glass, paper and aluminium into high quality jewellery, glassware and homewares which are sold in the Shanga Shop. Meet our inspiring people and participate in a workshop activity or sign-language lesson, and take home a unique and hand-made local gift or keepsake.

Close to Arusha Airport and on the road leading to the National Parks.

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When visiting Arusha, make sure to save a few dollars to spend at Shenga. They have beautiful jewelry and other items at great prices, all made on site. Their mission is... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Debbie D
Annapolis, Maryland
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

When visiting Arusha, make sure to save a few dollars to spend at Shenga. They have beautiful jewelry and other items at great prices, all made on site. Their mission is wonderful. My son even got to try his hand at glass blowing while visiting. I wish I hadn't purchased anything until we got to Shenga. Everything there was beautiful.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I love that they had this quote painted on their wall! ^^ I have visited twice, the first time in 2010 and the second time in 2015. When I visited in 2015 I had a group of children with me and the staff member who showed us round and explained how the pieces were made from recycled material was fantastic.... More 

Thank Dweebz1
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We visited Shanga last year and thoroughly enjoyed it! The guide greeted us with a big smile and enthusiastically showed us around the workshop! All the staff were so friendly and so amazing in what they were doing. We got to make our own Shanga necklace and try out the weaving. The glass blowing was just incredible! We bought loads... More 

Thank Llh89
Muscat, Oman
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

If you are like me and want to take home meaningful gifts from a holiday a stop at this place is a must. Every tourist shop should be like this. It provides training and jobs to deaf and blind locals who then create beautiful gifts made of recycled glass ; beads ; etc . I was able to make many... More 

Thank Aiasha I
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Shanga provides opportunities for disabled individuals. The crafts range from woven fabric, blown glass, hand made beads, small paintings and shopping bags made from old newspaper and much more. You get wonderful reasonably priced gifts and help a good organization All other souvenirs look mass produced, like something you would find at World Market in the USA

Thank Carol H
San Marcos, California
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Hoopoe Safaris brought us here and so that that we did not miss this experience of seeing how one small organization can make a difference. It is inspiring and hopeful---a wonderful ending to our safari. We bought beautiful textiles and handmade glass jewelry. Don't miss out of this trip and pick up a gorgeous souvenir for yourself, your kids or... More 

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Shanga is located right on the grounds of the Arusha Coffee Lodge and what a great project!! They have a lovely gift shop selling great souvenirs made right there on the premisses by local artists who also happen to be physically challenged. Their products are made from recycled products, like old bottles, and are perfect reminders of the great people... More 

Thank DuncanTCH
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a great incentive for the disabled in Tz. The layout is really good with arts and crafts being made and displayed. My only problem is that I felt that I was the one being exploited for my money. I really wondered how much of the inflated prices goes back to the workers. The maasai market in town has... More 

Thank Dallas H
Sarah M, General Manager at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this review

Hi Dallas, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm sorry that our product prices didn't meet your expectations. As a self sustaining social enterprise providing supportive employment for people with disabilities, we put a big emphasis on caring for our staff through fair wages, skills training and medical support when needed. In addition we reinvest our... More 

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

This was a community project which has a souvenir store with an attached workshop. You can get a mini tour around their place where you can see the workers in action of making their goods including glass blowing, textile & metal related souvenirs. The prices were a little on the higher side though.

Thank vsameera
Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Shanga is a well run project and quite an inspiration for anyone that is involved in community projects.All workers are physically challenged and they make some really unique curios and gifts.They make the items on site and one can interact with them and even have a go at weaving or beading etc. There is also a coffee shop with nice... More 

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