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Kazuri Beads Factory

Nairobi, Kenya
1-800-941-2759
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Ranked #1 of 14 shopping in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours
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Baltimore, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Our friend recommended we go to the Kazuri Beads Factory while out in Karen. I'm so glad we went. You get a free tour of the factory and see every step of the bead and pottery making process. The factory provides work for single mothers, and boy do they earn their paycheck. It was really fascinating to see them making... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I read reviews that said the prices were outrageous, so I went, fully expecting to not be able to buy, but to look, at least. What a surprise! The bracelets, which wrap around the wrist twice, were about $9! I got several, both for myself and for gifts, in the most gorgeous colors! Definitely worth the trip, and of course... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have been to Kazuri Beads three times now, and am always amazed by the rainbow of colorful beads that greets me as I enter the store. The tour of the factory, which provides work for single moms, is really informative, and the bead makers are happy to talk and share information. For all the birdwatchers out there, we saw... More

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NYC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We visited Kazuri Beads while out and about in the Karen area (visiting David Sheldrick, Giraffe Center, lunch at Karen Blixen Tamambo, etc). The factory was closed (it was a Sunday), but we nonetheless enjoyed an abbreviated tour around the inviting grounds from the hospitable staff. All the bead jewelry was simply beautiful, and it was hard to narrow down... More

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Hook, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

An excellent guide taught us masses about bead making. Watching each step of the process, and being able to talk to the clever ladies who do the hard graft, was wonderful. And then an opportunity to buy the beautiful products.... What more could a girl ask for?! And it was fine to get around in a wheelchair too although I... More

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Geneva, IL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It was a Sunday when we went here so the factory was closed. Nonetheless, I had a very enjoyable time browsing through the shop and finally managed to choose the perfect necklace. Items are very well made and reasonably priced. Had a drink in the garden also.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We went here for a quick tour on our day in Nairobi, it's not too far from the giraffe centre and elephant orphanages if you're over in Karen. We were shown round by one of the guides who was very good at explaining how all the processes worked. At the end we were invited into the shop to have a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Words cannot express how I felt when I went into this wonderful place, these beads are hand made, hand painted, and the result is beautiful, they are up to perfection when completed, we had a great tour of the place, Mary Maraga was so great with us , the people there are so happy. Each piece brought from Kazuri helps... More

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

"Small and beautiful" aptly describes the Kazuri beads and the women who make them. I was fascinated by both the painstaking process of making the beads and the women themselves. This factory teaches women (mostly single mothers) a skill to help them support their children. We were able to speak and interact with them during the tour. Each bead is... More

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Sydney, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Kazuri Every Bead Has a Story .Kazuri which means "small and beautiful" in Swahilili began in 1975 as a tiny workshop.Each piece is handmade and painted. It evolved from a need for the women to support their families and have social interaction I attended the shop on a Sunday so was unable to see the actual process of making the... More

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