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“Better to visit in a larger tour group than as individuals.”

Bombolulu Workshops
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

This was a fairly interesting place to visit but would be better done with a whole crowd of people in my opinion. Free 'pick-up' and about 500ks per person entry.

Nice start with a dancing show, though there's nothing I loathe more than being dragged up to make a fool of myself - hence this trip is better done in a large group where you are more able to avoid this.

First style of living we were shown around needs investigation. Though in itself interesting, the young lady demonstrating the clothing worn and milling of flour surprisingly whipped out a necklace and managed to sell it to one of our small group at a HIDEOUSLY inflated price. Selling should be restricted to what is in the shop which you visit at the end - with no 'pressure' selling in there. Afterwards the buyer said she hadn't liked to refuse.

We had also been advised that 'tipping' could be done if we wanted to. The same young lady was acting like a begger, rubbing her tummy and pointing to her mouth - leaving us feeling obligated to tip. This all left a bad taste for the rest of the tour

All in all it was interesting enough and our guide was good, but it sadly seems to be suffering considerably from lack of funds, so I'm sorry to give it a rather negative review.

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Reviewed 5 September 2011

We visited these workshops many years ago and were very impressed with the work carried out there.

This workshop was founded in 1969 and is the biggest Rehabilitation Centre of its kind in Kenya.

The works employ 260 physically handicapped men and women in jewellry making, tailoring,woodcarving and leather work.

A cultural centre which is also very interesting was added in 1994.

There is also a traditional restaurant and a large showroom where visitors can purchase unique crafts at 'factory prices.

Both my friend and myself bought beautiful ear rings but wanted for pierced ears and these were sent to the hotel direct when finished - we came from the South coast.

Jewellry designs are based on ethnic motives and made from brass,copper ebony,soap stone and semi precious stones.

Gold and silver are in much demand and is exported to over 20 countries out of Kenya.

There is also a tailoring workshop and a large range of exclusive fashion wear is made out of 100% african cottonand are sold to tourists.

The hotel we actually were staying at had a fashion show one evening with the people showing off their wares and guests were able to purchase after the show.

I bought lovely shorts and top and dress.

There is also a selection of leather goods - hand made belts which my husband bought and 30 woodcarvers produce ebony and mahogony carvings.

This is a place that offers training and employment to severally handicapped people who have no chance of obtaining employment on the labour markets.

The employees are paid monthly on a par to the private sector and they receive free housing on the compound.

I bought a beautiful ebony elephant which has not marked and polish regularly with bees wax polish.

The cultural Centre is also very interesting and the set up comprises 6 traditional homesteads of a cross section of the Kenyan ethnic groups = crafts, cooking and farming are demonstrated.

In the central area we had lunch - a restaurant offering snacks,barbecue lunch and we were asked up to dance with the traditional dancers

The entrance to the workshops is free and show rooms and a entrance fee is charged at the cultural centre.

A guide (qualified) takes you around and I have never met so many cheerful people despite their disabilities.

The centre is 4 km north of Mombasa and certainly worth a visit.

Asante sana for all the good work done.

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