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“Great for souvenir shopping but check prices first”
Review of Akamba Handicraft

Akamba Handicraft
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US$84.00*
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Half Day Mombasa City Tour
Ranked #3 of 5 Shopping in Mombasa
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

A visit to Akamba was included in our city tour. You first walk through the area where they make all the woodcarvings. It's interesting to see how they make all the figures from different types of wood - the guys working here are very skillful.

This tour takes maybe 20mins, then you can explore the shop which is HUGE and you will find any type of wooden item here. They have beautiful statues, bowls, salad spoons, animal figures etc. So you can shop all your souvenirs in one go!

Price range: We paid Ksh1200 for a lovely bowl which is about 25cm long. We also paid 700 for two sets of salad spoons. All are fixed price so no bargaining required!

Later, we found out that you could buy a very tall wooden giraffe on Nyali beach for 700 and small bowls for around 500 or less. Do inspect the quality of work carefully if you shop on the beach, but we found that it was in no way inferior to the stuff at Akamba.

My suggestion: check out the prices on the beach before you come here so you know what you want to pay. The selection here is wider anyway, so it's worth coming for that reason and for the workers getting a fair deal.

1  Thank Nefernefernefer
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Ideal for souvenir shopping at best prices. This shop contains a variety of everything you will want to take home with you. Each employee has a number and that number is recorded on the items they make. When a sale of the goods are made, a % goes to that employee. You have the option to just shop or see how the goods are made. Carvings, woven goods and much much more.

A walk through the factory to view the actual workmanship that goes into making all carvings we see throughout our travels in East Africa is definitely worth a stop if you are in the Mombasa area. This is our second visit to the factory and have not been disappointed. There are a few craftsmen who will try and sell you something while touring.

The fresh smells from the different wood used is refreshing as there are some odors that may not be appealing.

Then head to the Serena Beach Hotel......Great place to stay.

3  Thank Wibs39254
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Akamba is named after the Akamba tribe, who are the most skilled wood carvers in Kenya.
This centre employs up to 3,000 people, making it a fairly major industry.
You can walk around the site, which consists of row after row of corrugated iron sheds, where the carvers work.
The carvers are not formally trained, the skills being handed down in the family. They get a significant proportion of the price, though a small percentage goes to an orphanage fund.
The quality of the work is amazing, and the prices in the shop are WAY lower than you will be charged by the beach boys and tourist traps, so take plenty of money!
For example, a medium sized Ebony rhino is 1000 shillings!

2  Thank Cleon W
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Akamba is a wooding curving cultural place. where by you can see how they make alot of things in there shapes and buy as much as you like. you can see and know diferent kind of wood too. its in Mombasa close to the airport. any one would like to visit can contact me. I do take around visitors all over Kenya. Am a tour guide by profesional. Contact me on +254733624042/+254725680193.

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Reviewed 2 July 2013

Ever wondered where all the wooden carvings seen in the shops and beach come from? Well most of them come from here. Its interesting to see the people at work designing and carving out these models.

1  Thank Trevor H
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