Shanga & Shanga Foundation
Shanga & Shanga Foundation
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,389 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting tour
    Our tour group visited this facility which is located on the same property as the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The tour itself is very interesting from glass blowing, weaving, sewing and bead work. It is a great story on how reclaimed materials are getting recycled into usable products and how they are able to employ a number of people with disabilities.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • SmokeyManor
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shanga & Shanga Foundation Support
    Every time we go to Arusha we always enjoy visiting Shanga & Shanga Foundation. We admire the amazing work they do and the support they offer to the local people. We always buy gifts for ourselves and for our friends which are greatly appreciated.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Mike S
    Arlington, Texas2,602 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Souvenirs for a Good Cause
    This is a great place to stop and get some cool souvenirs that are made right there. The prices are reasonable, and the items are made by people with disabilities but that are so talented and capable. In addition, much of the materials that are used are recycled so that's another positive. (For example, there was a huge pile of bottles of various sizes and colors out back that they showed us. The restaurants in Nairobi keep them for the foundation and they are melted down to be turned into various items. How neat is that!) You can watch the glassblowing, sewing, embroidery, bead work and weaving. My wife bought some beautiful earrings for some friends and for our daughter. There is also the Arusha Coffee House at this location and there's a restaurant as well. One of the top shopping stops we had on our trip to East Africa.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 4, 2024
  • Valerie B
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    wonderful workshop for disabled artisans.
    This is a lovely studio of disabled artists at a coffe house and coffee plantation. They have a lovely coffee bar and gift shop and then separately a second gift shop of the artisans work. The shop dupports about 50 artisans who are blind deaf, or have other disabilities. Prices are in US dollars so a little higher than elsewhere but its a wonderful cause to support and just about a hundred yards from the Culrural Heritage Center which is the second largest art gallery in Africa. Don't miss Shanga. It's well worth a visit and you can sit and do crafts with the artisans including weaving, glass blowing, jeeellery making, painting etc.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 3, 2024
  • chrisandsteph2017
    London, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great community project to explore
    Very positive community project, giving the chance to handicapped people to earn a living. They are showing how different crafts are manufactured from weaving to glass blowing. They have a strong recycling ethics with all their glass products made from recycled bottles. They are selling very nicely crafted products priced at a reasonable price. For example we bought a glass wind chime in the shape of a butterfly for 30 dollars. Also we felt very welcome by our guide and there was no pressure to buy anything. So definitely recommend to visit whilst in Arusha.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2024
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chrisandsteph2017
London, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Very positive community project, giving the chance to handicapped people to earn a living. They are showing how different crafts are manufactured from weaving to glass blowing. They have a strong recycling ethics with all their glass products made from recycled bottles. They are selling very nicely crafted products priced at a reasonable price. For example we bought a glass wind chime in the shape of a butterfly for 30 dollars. Also we felt very welcome by our guide and there was no pressure to buy anything. So definitely recommend to visit whilst in Arusha.
Written July 2, 2024
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Valerie B
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
This is a lovely studio of disabled artists at a coffe house and coffee plantation. They have a lovely coffee bar and gift shop and then separately a second gift shop of the artisans work. The shop dupports about 50 artisans who are blind deaf, or have other disabilities. Prices are in US dollars so a little higher than elsewhere but its a wonderful cause to support and just about a hundred yards from the Culrural Heritage Center which is the second largest art gallery in Africa. Don't miss Shanga. It's well worth a visit and you can sit and do crafts with the artisans including weaving, glass blowing, jeeellery making, painting etc.
Written June 3, 2024
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Timfmerriman
Captain Cook, HI29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We started our journey on safari at Shanga before heading out to Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The tour is excellent and they teach you sign language appropriate to the setting so that you can communicate a bit with those who are working who are deaf or hearing impaired. Glassblowing, weaving, tikatika painting and other crafts are demonstrated by their very talented workers. We bought many souvenirs to take home. A great coffee shop is next to Shanga with very clean restrooms. Itʻs a great visit when in Arusha and seems a wonderful employment and training facility with folks with special needs.
Written April 3, 2022
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our tour group visited this facility which is located on the same property as the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The tour itself is very interesting from glass blowing, weaving, sewing and bead work. It is a great story on how reclaimed materials are getting recycled into usable products and how they are able to employ a number of people with disabilities.
Written September 3, 2023
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louamitch
Temecula, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This was an amazing place to shop. They offer quality products that are beautiful and support jobs for people with disabilities. They start off with a tour where you can watch them work on looms and glass beads. My lodge had a lot of their products. The bed covers were from Shanga and were beautiful and high quality. Our water bottles and glasses were beautiful also. I will definetly shop there on my next visit.
Written November 5, 2021
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Mike S
Arlington, TX2,602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is a great place to stop and get some cool souvenirs that are made right there. The prices are reasonable, and the items are made by people with disabilities but that are so talented and capable. In addition, much of the materials that are used are recycled so that's another positive. (For example, there was a huge pile of bottles of various sizes and colors out back that they showed us. The restaurants in Nairobi keep them for the foundation and they are melted down to be turned into various items. How neat is that!)
You can watch the glassblowing, sewing, embroidery, bead work and weaving. My wife bought some beautiful earrings for some friends and for our daughter.
There is also the Arusha Coffee House at this location and there's a restaurant as well. One of the top shopping stops we had on our trip to East Africa.
Written May 4, 2024
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AwayWeGo!
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is a great experience with high-quality (mostly-)affordable products. Take the free tour, it only takes about twenty minutes. It's obviously a very well-run organization. It's also right next to a delicious coffee shop!
Written March 12, 2020
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Jambo, Thank you for taking your time to come and visit us. We are pleased to hear you loved the time you spent with our team at Shanga. Karibu Tena Shanga
Written March 14, 2020
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JL Palacios
New York255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A wonderful place were disable men and woman have the opportunity to work and create beautiful pieces of art. We ent with our teens, and the experience of being part of the process and learn from this amazing people was unique. Highly recommended if you are in Arusha, and there is a nice coffee place to relax and rest after the visit. Enjoy!
Written October 10, 2022
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Andrew B
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We visited the Shanga Center and what a wonderful place! The disabled are employed and given a lot of self worth to create items to sell mostly from recycled products. They are taught skills and it’s amazing what is created from complex looming items to simple mobiles from tin cans. The glass blowing is great to see and even the beads are made on site from recycled computer bottles. The world could learn a lot from what is done here. We bought a beautiful hand made loomed blanket and glass elephant! The food from the cafe is very tasty as well. A great place to stop.
Written November 27, 2022
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Janine B
Northampton, England, United Kingdom424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We stayed at the Coffee Lodge, Arusha for our last night in Tanzania. The Change Foundation is a brilliant idea, supporting disabled people and recycling. You can walk around and speak with the workers who will be very pleased to tell you about what they are making. You can even try your hand to make items. Everyone is very pleased to see you and they make the most beautiful things. This venture is well worth supporting.
Written February 10, 2023
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