We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kazuri Beads Factory

Mbagathi Ridge, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
20 2328905
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 14 Shopping in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Shopping
Attraction details

Hotels near Kazuri Beads Factory

Write a Review

238 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Vail, Colorado, United States
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I had been recommended by a friend about the Kazuri bead center prior to our visiting Kenya. It was great! Very cool to see the entire process and how everything is made. So much goes in to each and every bead. Also nice to be able to meet and natch the amazing people who craft the beads and pottery. I... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If you're in Karen, make sure you visit the bead factory (preferably when the factory is open so you can observe how their products are made). The sheer variety of their collection is fantastic, meaning you can pick up some real gems as souvenirs - there are ornaments and crockery as well as a wonderful jewellery range, all at reasonable... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Our overpriced, less than competent tour company, Kensington Tours, got us to the Kazuri factory well after after it closed. So all we got was a tour of a closed factory. My grandchild was rather disappointed at not seeing the woman working, but this was just the first of many problems we had with Kensington Tours. We did buy some... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I had a great tour of the factory with everything shown and explained the ladies are so clever and all the beads so wonderful and well priced.

Was this review helpful? Yes
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Traffic has become a nightmare in Nairobi, Please plan your trips early in advance to avoid the nasty snarl ups in the city center. This place is a goldmine and definitely worth a visit, prices are reasonable and the variety is massive, ideal for taking back something to remember your safari, or as gifts.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Danbury, Connecticut, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I visited Kazuri in September 2014. Thought the people, their crafts, factory and grounds were lovely and I purchased many beautiful earrings, bracelets, necklaces and a few Christmas ornaments. Wish I had more time to look around since I would have loved to have been able to purchase more. Everyone loved their gifts from Kazuri. ❤️

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Well worth a visit to see how the beads and pottery are made from start to finish and thanks to John for a super guided tour of the factory. It's great to see that it's been going for almost 40 years and employs a lot of local ladies. The beads are sold around the world and it was interesting to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The idea is a good one, hope they will keep up the good work. We were there on Sunday so we could not see the process itself but we had a guided tour which gave us a bit of insight into how the women work and create.We were not asked for a tip after the tour, but the lady was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Helier, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Kazuri sells colourful and some more sophisticated ceramic bead jewellery. It is a place of employment for single mothers, although there were some men working, and guided tours are available. It was fun, and the ladies are happy to exchange a few words and be photographed at their work. The products are great. One necklace I bought has actually been... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lititz, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Just back from Nairobi and took a tour of the Factory. So nice to hear the story of its founding and see how well the organization works. The women all seem happy with having jobs- and there are 300 waiting to get jobs when they become available The beads are fantastic and incredibly reasonable- they are 3x as much at... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Kazuri Beads Factory also viewed


Been to Kazuri Beads Factory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing