Akamba Handicraft
Akamba Handicraft
4.5
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Roland H
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
If you hesitate to buy cheap chinese trash souvenirs, this is the place to go. Nearly 3000 associated handywomen and -men work wood, any size. Watch them at your ease, get explanations ... they won't harass you for a quick sell. All their work goes into a store where you can buy quite cheap but genuine african artwork.
Written November 14, 2022
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keith w
Oxford, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A must place to visit and buy wooden artefacts. Visited as part of a day trip tour of Mombassa. Could have done with longer here and less time at the other venues. Book the trip when you get to your hotel as much cheaper than pre booking.
Written October 11, 2023
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JanuszRoman
Europe1,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
AKAMBA HANDICRAFT is the most unique place I have seen in a long time. Very often you see precious works of local art and never imagine how they are being produces, carved or painted. If you visit AKAMBA you will know how much painful and patient work is required to produce these little treasures of original local folk art. The carvers at Akamba are high class and yet primitive. They are specialised in various, different animals, carving them with very basic, primitive tools they have. However their final products are immaculate and exceptional. The photos attached tell the story !!!. If I ever come back to Mombasa, I will certainly come back to visit AKAMBA Handicraft Factory. Set aside 2-4 hours to see the carving process and to browse their fantastic store at the end of your visit.
Written February 21, 2020
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Wibs39254
Canada, KY201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
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.
Written October 8, 2013
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Dovydas B
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Hey guys. I just come back from Akamba. amazing...works, masks, bowls everything highest level...and when u going in that workers village and see how they doig...oh men...they deserve every shiling what u pay for them work. so everybody who will visit Mombasa, go there...u will find beautyfull staff. :)
Written March 1, 2017
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LadyLawless
bristol22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
We came here as part of a city tour of Mombasa and it was probably a highlight of our trip. Our guide explained it was a co operative and that all the people that did their wood carvings were not allowed to sell directly, but through the organisation. 5% of the earnings are donated to orphanages.

We bought a few wood carvings here. Although readily available throughout the trip, this was definitely the place we felt most comfortable as we were able to peruse without being hassled and pick out the pieces that we truly wanted. They are fixed prices, but more than reasonable.
Written December 3, 2016
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Norma7610
Akersberga, Sweden115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
A great experience, a little compound were the akamba people carve beautiful wooden sculptures. My husband and I went without our children and bought a couple of sculpture. We liked it so much we had to go back with our children, they had a great time.
Written February 23, 2016
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Cleon W
Cambridge, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
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!
Written September 25, 2013
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Ildiko T
Budajeno, Hungary526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
At first, we visited the place where the workers prepare their beautiful artwork. Each person works on a special area of woodwork in which he has biggest talent in (animals, bowls, small items,..). We were told that according to the collective agreement 50% goes to the craftsman and 50% to the company: every item on the shop contains 2 number one is the price and one of the number of the craftsman. The shop is AMAZING, the most beautiful Kenyan artwork I have ever seen from all kind of wood! And the cheapest as well... the prices are fix so you cannot negotiate but they are much cheaper than in any shop in Mombasa and surely cheaper than on the beach (Diani, Nyali, etc.). We actually bought even bigger animal woodwork and let it flown in to Germany - they have experience in the transportation. Absolutely a MUST when in Mombasa. It is also a good feeling to support those talented people.
Written March 1, 2019
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OntarioPacked2Go
Guelph, Canada71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Akamba is a cooperative operation, and each carver receives a fixed share of the purchase price, which is non-negotiable. The balance goes to support the operations of the carvery compound and the communal shop. You can probably buy cheaper stuff by the side of the road (which may not even be Kenyan), but the quality is simply not there. We made this mistake on our first trip to Kenya, and the painted masks and giraffe that we bought deteriorated badly over a 1-year period.

On our second trip a year later, we were advised to go to Akamba, where we found much higher quality stuff (made from better wood) for only a small price differential, and it has stood the test of time. You can see the carvers at work, and the carvings at various stages of production, which is quite interesting. The shop has a massive selection, and stocks some unique items you will not see anywhere else. You will pay more for a piece by a "master-carver" (the ID number of each carver is on the price label). We returned this year since my daughter was travelling with us, and wanted to buy some good quality carvings. You will not be disappointed if you shop here! Any taxi will take you there, and it is also a stop on the standard Mombasa city tours.
Written February 23, 2017
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