African Galleria
African Galleria
3.5
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
African Galleria is a professional gallery that deals in antiques, art, tribal art, Tanzanite and other gems, clothing, Maasai art, custom made jewelry (18k gold) and a lot more varieties of items, namely all assortment of carvings in Ebony, Rose wood, Mahogany, Teak in all sizes. Also a very good place to find beautiful Tanzanian souvenirs to bring home.
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  • kgilbert78
    Columbus, Ohio2,710 contributions
    Fun to Visit but Pricy
    We went here while on Safari. The place is amazing and so is the art. But it's pricy--mostly out of our price range. However, we did buy a nice pair of Tanzanite earrings for my wife (oddly enough, we ran into our sales person (an owner) and his brother later that night at our lodge's bar (as it is near their home in Karatu). Nice folks. We also bought a few shirts and some smaller trinkets. T shirts were $15-20 (we found similar at the airport for $10, though some here were higher quality). That's what one pays in the US these days, if not more. It was really amazing to see all of the wonderful art here (almost like a museum), and the section about how tanzanite is mined and finished was really interesting. You will usually have a guide to help with purchases. There is an attached restaurant with bar. We did stop there for a Fanta. Bathrooms are good (but this was true everywhere we went in Tanzania) One word of caution. They do sell ebony carvings here (and you can see this being done), but a number of species of ebony are on the CITES (endangered species) list and can be confiscated by US Customs. Caution is advised.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • E Field
    Kingsport, Tennessee96 contributions
    African Galleria is your only gift stop you should make while in Tanzania
    We were doing Safari’s for over 3-weeks and our travel guides brought us to these roadside gift shops and they had hundreds of each item in their stores with no prices. If they knew you were American the prices magically went up. We stopped lease six of these places. On our last day in Tanzania our driver asked if we wanted to stop at a gift shop before we left Tanzania and we all said no thank you, that we were not interested in wasting our time. Our drive then told us he would stop at a really great place, which was the African Galleria. This place was amazing and we wished our drivers stopped at this place when we first arrived in Tanzania so we would know what a rip-off all the other places were. The African Galleria is an all you need stop. The have very high end stuff as well as what you would expect in normal gift stops. I highly recommend stopping at and of the African Galleria’s while you are in Africa.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • dianelorraineb
    Athens, Georgia52 contributions
    Don't miss this adventure as you travel to or from your Tanzanian destination.
    We make a point of stopping at the Galleria every year as we travel through Tanzania along the route to/from Karatu, Serengeti, etc.. This is a fabulous, huge "store" with just about everything you could wish to see and buy including jewelry, carvings and other curious, clothes, artwork, etc. The range of jewelry is immense, from expensive high-end Tanzanite to modestly priced beadwork.There is a museum of ancient and traditional artifacts and carvings. Every year the Galleria gets better. You can have a dress made on-site in Tanzanian fabric. The Ol Mesera Restaurant is an added adventure offering delicious local cuisine (and cooking classes) as well as a range of standard items.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • sapote
    Adelaide, Australia71 contributions
    Don't Miss It
    A one shop stop that maybe touristic, but manages to cover all bases quite well, promoting and selling good quality Tanzanian products. Somewhat higher in prices than the local markets but not extraordinarily so. The shops have a good range of goods, there was no pressure to buy, the food and service at Ol Mesera Restaurant was good.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Nick Ayala
    Seattle, Washington3 contributions
    Large Selection of Simple Gifts to Luxurious Jewelry and Art
    Really enjoyed stopping at the African Galleria where we were able to find souvenirs for the whole family. There was something at every price range, which was perfect for the various people back at home. I bought a beautiful canvas paining to hang on my wall back at home. One thing that I appreciated was the quality of the canvas. One thing to keep in mind when buying canvas paintings is the thickness of the canvas. The paintings at African Galleria was semi-thick which holds better overall once professional mounted and framed! I was also able to meet the artist of the painting at the galleria as well! That's always fun. The wooden artwork that is made on-site was really nice as well. It's amazing to see how it's made from start to finish. For the family that I was only buying something simpler for, there was a good selection of smaller things that I could easily pack in my suitcase and bring back (i.e. keychains, coasters, sculptures, etc). If I had a larger budget, I would have definitely checked out the Tanzanite section. The gems and pieces there were beautiful! I look forward to coming back here the next time I come to Tanzania!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 February 2024
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Nick Ayala
Seattle, WA3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Really enjoyed stopping at the African Galleria where we were able to find souvenirs for the whole family. There was something at every price range, which was perfect for the various people back at home.

I bought a beautiful canvas paining to hang on my wall back at home. One thing that I appreciated was the quality of the canvas. One thing to keep in mind when buying canvas paintings is the thickness of the canvas. The paintings at African Galleria was semi-thick which holds better overall once professional mounted and framed!

I was also able to meet the artist of the painting at the galleria as well! That's always fun.

The wooden artwork that is made on-site was really nice as well. It's amazing to see how it's made from start to finish.

For the family that I was only buying something simpler for, there was a good selection of smaller things that I could easily pack in my suitcase and bring back (i.e. keychains, coasters, sculptures, etc).

If I had a larger budget, I would have definitely checked out the Tanzanite section. The gems and pieces there were beautiful!

I look forward to coming back here the next time I come to Tanzania!
Written 19 February 2024
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sapote
Adelaide, Australia71 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
A one shop stop that maybe touristic, but manages to cover all bases quite well, promoting and selling good quality Tanzanian products.
Somewhat higher in prices than the local markets but not extraordinarily so.
The shops have a good range of goods, there was no pressure to buy, the food and service at Ol Mesera Restaurant was good.
Written 22 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dianelorraineb
Athens, GA52 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We make a point of stopping at the Galleria every year as we travel through Tanzania along the route to/from Karatu, Serengeti, etc.. This is a fabulous, huge "store" with just about everything you could wish to see and buy including jewelry, carvings and other curious, clothes, artwork, etc. The range of jewelry is immense, from expensive high-end Tanzanite to modestly priced beadwork.There is a museum of ancient and traditional artifacts and carvings. Every year the Galleria gets better. You can have a dress made on-site in Tanzanian fabric. The Ol Mesera Restaurant is an added adventure offering delicious local cuisine (and cooking classes) as well as a range of standard items.
Written 31 October 2023
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Anita
United Kingdom3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
If your looking for Gems and a special good quality gift this is certainly the place to visit.

Sells excellent jewellery.

From handmade artwork. Very individual items. You probably will not find two identical drawings
Written 14 October 2023
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E Field
Kingsport, TN96 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were doing Safari’s for over 3-weeks and our travel guides brought us to these roadside gift shops and they had hundreds of each item in their stores with no prices. If they knew you were American the prices magically went up. We stopped
lease six of these places. On our last day in Tanzania our driver asked if we wanted to stop at a gift shop before we left Tanzania and we all said no thank you, that we were not interested in wasting our time. Our drive then told us he would stop at a really great place, which was the African Galleria. This place was amazing and we wished our drivers stopped at this place when we first arrived in Tanzania so we would know what a rip-off all the other places were.
The African Galleria is an all you need stop. The have very high end stuff as well as what you would expect in normal gift stops.
I highly recommend stopping at and of the African Galleria’s while you are in Africa.
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kathryn B
14 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Large choice of art and carvings with some interesting exhibits too! You'll find some things you see everywhere alongside more unique items. Salespeople are eager to help but not pushy.

Marked prices are very high, but haggling is the norm, as long as you have cash. Got a couple of small things for a decent enough price and enjoyed admiring the giant ebony wood carvings. Sure you could get a dollar or two off elsewhere, but it's a pleasant shopping experience with more choice than the smaller roadside stalls (which I also like to visit).
Written 5 June 2023
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,710 contributions
Feb 2023
We went here while on Safari. The place is amazing and so is the art. But it's pricy--mostly out of our price range. However, we did buy a nice pair of Tanzanite earrings for my wife (oddly enough, we ran into our sales person (an owner) and his brother later that night at our lodge's bar (as it is near their home in Karatu). Nice folks. We also bought a few shirts and some smaller trinkets. T shirts were $15-20 (we found similar at the airport for $10, though some here were higher quality). That's what one pays in the US these days, if not more. It was really amazing to see all of the wonderful art here (almost like a museum), and the section about how tanzanite is mined and finished was really interesting.

You will usually have a guide to help with purchases. There is an attached restaurant with bar. We did stop there for a Fanta. Bathrooms are good (but this was true everywhere we went in Tanzania)

One word of caution. They do sell ebony carvings here (and you can see this being done), but a number of species of ebony are on the CITES (endangered species) list and can be confiscated by US Customs. Caution is advised.
Written 11 March 2023
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Mrsparkle12
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Went in June 2021. Absolutely amazing customer service. Long story short, went here as a stop with a tour group. Wanted to propose to my now wife and needed a ring. They were so helpful, and gave me a great price, and allowed me to do it all in secrecy so my wife and her family had no clue. Everyone was so nice! Thank you!
Written 17 November 2022
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DRao1
Madison, MS17 contributions
Aug 2022
Beware - no fixed prices!! Bargaining is the norm; got a painting for 25% of originally asked price.

Also, my wife charged $4 (USD) for a small packet of Tanzanian coffee and the credit card statement indicates a $40 (USD) charge which we are having to dispute with the card company!!
Written 1 September 2022
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A.M.
16 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
The staff actually tell you there is no fixed price and expect you to feel great when they condescendingly agree to reduce the rates on checkout but this is a total scam. We walked away feeling totally ripped off. Fixed prices like the big shop outside Arusha are preferable by far.
Written 3 August 2022
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