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Shanga & Shanga Foundation

Dodoma Road | Arusha Coffee Lodge - Elewana, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 689 759 067
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A foundation where people with disability is taught a skill. They use the skill to make crafts and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sharon T
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Singapore, Singapore
Quad bike tour of the coffee plantation

My son (age10) and I booked a tour of the coffee estate. Perfect hour of fun! We drove along the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LizHarty
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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Combining an uplifting local community project with unique artistic activities and an opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, Shanga has been a favourite Arusha destination since 2007. Shanga is all about the workshop where over 50 disabled Tanzanians recycle glass, paper and aluminium into high quality jewellery, glassware and homewares which are sold in the Shanga Shop. Meet our inspiring people and participate in a workshop activity or sign-language lesson, and take home a unique and hand-made local gift or keepsake. Close to Arusha Airport and on the road leading to the National Parks.
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Dodoma Road | Arusha Coffee Lodge - Elewana, Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A foundation where people with disability is taught a skill. They use the skill to make crafts and they use recycle materials. Very innovative and artistic. Visit the place for a short tour of the foundation and the shop later to support the crafts.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son (age10) and I booked a tour of the coffee estate. Perfect hour of fun! We drove along the coffee bushes as the berries were starting to turn from green to red. Along the route were rows of maize and people going about their...More

Thank LizHarty
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Shanga M, Manager at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review for 4wheeling Tanzania. Even though Shanga and 4wheeling Tanzania are in the same property, we are different businesses . We will share your review with the 4wheeling Tanzania team.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

Shanga is a wonderful social enterprise that we didn't know about and stumbled across. A tour guide took us to the Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch and didn't even know what Shanga was - we made him go after we did! Take a tour to...More

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Shanga M, Marketing Officer at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

Hi, so happy you found us and introduced us to your guide.We get very excited when visitors take away such a great impression of what we do and represent. Thank you very much for taking the time to mention us here on Trip Advisor. Happy...More

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

We ended up at this place by accident but it was such a lovely place to happen to find yourself at. I loved the visit at Shanga. We started with a guided tour (no charge) around in the different workshops and meet some of the...More

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Shanga M, Marketing Officer at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

Dear Emma, So happy to hear you & your boyfriend found us and had the time to participate in many of our activities (and mentioning all our offered activities are free of charge) Thanks heaps for taking the time to write about us. Asante from...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Our visit to this AMAZING and INSPIRING place was not even close to being long enough. We left the Cultural Heritage Center before arriving at Shanga. The CHC was interesting and beautiful but if I had known about Shanga I would have scaled way back...More

Thank Linda W
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Shanga M, Marketing Officer at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Dear Linda, Thank you very much for such a great review. We are so glad you were able to visit, learn what we do, share it with others and meet some of the wonderful people here. Great advice for people on their way. Asante sana

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Shanga is a wonderful idea , a wonderful place with hard working artists making beautiful objects. Had a great day and new set of beautiful handmade glasses from theire melted recycled glass. I would love to come again.

Thank Snulla67
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Shanga M, Marketing Officer at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Thanks heaps for such a great review. We are glad you have been able to visit, learn what we do and share it with others. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

I love the whole concept of Shanga. We were able to watch the artisans at work. I wish I could have spent more time shopping. The prices were so reasonable and products were all top-rate. I would highly recommend a stop at this wonderful place!

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Shanga M, Marketing & Business Development Consultant at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

We are very glad you were able to visit and thanks for your kind review. From everyone at Shanga

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

A visit to Shanga is a must for anyone visiting Arusha. The organisation provides Tanzanians with a disability an opportunity to learn new skills and the products produced by these people is outstanding. Wonderful glass products and jewellery are very stylist and worthwhile to take...More

Thank Kerrie J
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Shanga M, Marketing & Business Development Consultant at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Hi Kerrie, Thanks heaps for such a great review. We are glad you have been able to visit, learn what we do and share it with others. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

It was the only time we had to buy souvenirs and we found the place way too expensive, even with the excuse of helping disabled children, souvenirs were far more expensive than if bought at European airports. I had to buy a shirt for 30...More

Thank Alicia D
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Shanga M, Marketing & Business Development Consultant at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Dear Alicia, We are disappointed to hear that your experience of your visit to Shanga was not a positive one. We take a lot of care in designing and making our products and when they don't live up to everyone's expectations we welcome the feedback...More

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Reviewed February 11, 2018

A wonderful social enterprise providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities. The workshops produce excellent handicrafts - woven textiles, bead work, bags and the only glass blowing workshop in Tanzania. They offer tours and the opportunity to work with the artisans and learn some Swahili...More

Thank Natasha W
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Shanga M, Marketing & Business Development Consultant at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Dear Natasha, Thanks heaps for such a great review. We are glad you have been able to visit, learn what we do and share it with others. We look forward to your next visit.

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Response from Maureen C | Reviewed this property |
The Lodge is about 6km from Arusha Clock Tower. The easiest method is a taxi - if you are staying in a hotel they can arrange. The most fun way would be to get a daladala!
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