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Kazuri Beads Factory

Address: Mbagathi Ridge, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: 20 2328905
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Nairobi, Kenya
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very interesting to see the process from start to finish from hand rolling of the beads to the painting to the the final product. And all started to help empower the local women.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Some would tell you that this is too commercialized, but I did not find any pressure to buy. The studios are separate, and the tours through the workshops are enlightening. In the end, I did buy a small piece or two. I regret that I did not purchase more. Nice to combine this stop with the Karen Blixen museum nearby.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A noble cause turns into great business and now supplied to USA , Europe etc. Over 300 ladies moulding clay into magical , colorful , hand painted beautiful beads . Nice shop to purchase strings and many lovely creations . Compliments.

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South Haven, Michigan, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Karen, Nairobi is a must to visit. And especially the Kazuri Bead shop. See the talented jewel makers making beads, necklaces, earrings, and more. High quality merchandise. Tour the facility and see things in progress. Great place to buy gifts for family and friends back home.

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101 reviews 101 reviews
36 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We missed doing this at our last visit to Nairobi 2 years ago, but we were lucky to do it this time. Was brilliant to see all the processes required to produce these very intricate beads. They employ destitute women which makes you want to buy even more of their exquisite items! All the staff looked ever so happy, talking... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The purpose of the bead factory is why you visit, the remarkable work of the women employed by the factory is why you linger in the shop. There is even a nice little place for men (or women) to wait outside if they are not interested in moseying around the shop. Tips for the guide are expected. Generally 100 kew... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

As a regular visitor to Kenya and in particular Nairobi, I have to commend Kazuri Beads for producing such beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The colours are wonderful and it's so difficult to choose between them. Every year we visit the shop and factory are on our list of places to visit and I always end up with a little... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I used to take all my guests to Kazuri when I lived in Nairobi. Without exception all enjoyed it. A fantastic collection of great quality beads. You can even customize and put together your own. They also have some interesting pottery.

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Vail, Colorado, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 

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27 helpful votes 27 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 

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