We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Interesting place”

Kazuri Beads Factory
Book In Advance
More Info
$90.00*
and up
Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Bomas of Kenya Day Tour from Nairobi
More Info
$75.00*
and up
Karen Blixen Kazuri Beads and Giraffe Center Day Tour from Nairobi
More Info
$220.00*
and up
Nairobi National Park tour David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Giraffes And...
Ranked #5 of 273 Tours in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed March 9, 2013

If you are in Nairobi and in Karen for another reason, this is a nice place to stop by. Honestly, I would not make this a destination in itself. The factory is very interesting, and the workmanship is beautiful. But, it has the feel of a place that is definitely set up for tourists - an aspect that takes away from the authenticity of its story. However, if beads are your thing, and business-development projects interest you, then visit.

Perhaps what I appreciated most was the gift shop, as there are a ton of different things to buy - special gifts for others. Prices are NOT cheap. But, if you pick up a few small things, you'll still have money for the taxi ride home.

Thank Timoteyo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (399)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

204 - 208 of 399 reviews

Reviewed February 24, 2013

I enjoyed learning about the bead making process and seeing it in action from mixing the clay to firing the beads to painting. It was also great to see how they improve the lives of the women who work with them. I spent a little too much at the shop (the necklaces add up quickly - but they do make great gifts).

Thank JMP1123
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Not very impressive. Unfortunately, we went there on a Saturday evening when the factory was closed. One of the employees explained, but the focus was more on sales.
The beads are available in many shopping malls.
OK for a visit if you have time in Nairobi.

Thank RameshMysore
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The bead work is amazing. Good price and at the same time supporting the community. This is a place not to miss in any Nairobi City Tour.

1  Thank Regina K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Firstly, I didn't visit the factory, although I wished I did!

However, we did buy quite a few items from the kazuri shop at Westlands Mall, so I wanted to write a review here.

As many others have mentioned, kazuri gives jobs to destitute, mainly single mothers, whom with their wages, often support an extended family of 20. They also give free medical care to immediate family. Put simply, if you buy their Jewellrey, or other pottery items, you are feeding and giving healthcare to, families.

The designs are wry wide ranging and absolutely beautiful! From small beaded necklaces to statement pieces you will surely find something to your taste. We particularly liked the bracelets, they are memory wired, and long enough to wrap around your wrist 2 1/2 times. Colours ooze the landscape of Africa with browns, honey, yellows, oranges, reds to colours like blues, greens.

I got a lovely ivory shale shaped necklace, a choker with brown round beads and a triangle in middle with giraffe pattern, a honey bracelet and some lovely blue and red bracelets as presents

Please consider going here, and purchasing, you are really helping families, you know the money spent is given directly to the ladies in wages, some of our aid to Africa isn't so lucky, and doesn't always end up for the people in need.....

Thank mkellis
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Kazuri Beads Factory also viewed

 

Been to Kazuri Beads Factory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing