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.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great food, great workshop” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shanga & Shanga Foundation

Shanga & Shanga Foundation
Ranked #1 of 15 Shopping in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Shanga River House is a wonderful place to spend some time in Arusha. It is all about the workshops where over 50 disabled Tanzanians recycle glass, paper and aluminium into high quality crafts which are sold in the Shanga Shop. Close to Arusha Airport and on the road leading to the National Parks.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Great food, great workshop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had lunch here as part of our mission trip. Grounds are beautiful, food is wonderful, but what makes it special is the workshop which employs deaf and disabled individuals who make wonderful products from recycled material. There is a gift shop where you can purchase many of the items, jewelry, home decor, cards, glassware, and more

Visited September 2012
Thank Penny L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

124 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

On the outskirts of Arusha is this fabulous place called Shanga. Went with a group of volunteers to have lunch and a tour. The food was phenomenal! The tour was inspiring and educational. It helps you to appreciate the talent of others. Also, I was able to purchase a baby shower gift at the store and get some gardening ideas based upon their layout. It made me feel like I wasn't in Arusha anymore.

Visited July 2012
Thank Lisa B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The most INSPIRING place ever - MUST VISIT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Shanga Shangaa is one of the most amazing, memorable places I've ever been. It's an organization that is entirely focused on providing work and salaries for Tanzanians with all sorts of disabilities. They hand-make all kinds of crafts, ranging from necklaces and bracelets to kitchenware to glass candle holders. There are so many unique gifts to choose from here. But it's not the material items that you can buy that makes the place so special; it's the people making them. It is beyond inspiring to see these deaf, mute, blind, and physically/mentally challenged Tanzanians given the opportunity to work for a decent salary.....they would have been shunned in society if they weren't at Shanga. There is hope for humanity here.

For them to earn their pay, they must make and sell goods. It is neat to be able to watch them shape glass the old fashioned way with a kiln and hand tools, put jewelry together by hand, and weave fabric the antique way with large wooden machines. Everyone who works in the workshop is incredibly friendly and they all know sign language so no one is left out of communication.

There is a restaurant on the grounds, but I did not eat there. I asked and it was by reservation only (unless the chef says he can accomodate you on short notice). The restaurant, I was told, is meant to be a way in which the organization can raise awareness about disabled Tanzanians. If people hear about the restaurant and go to it, they'll become aware of the mission of Shanga.

If you are interested in doing shopping while in Arusha, you have to stop by Shanga Shangaa. Granted, the selection of items is smaller than what you'd find at a traditional market in the center of the city, but crafts sold there are mass-produced and not all the money will go to the merchant, while all purchases at Shanga go towards a great cause and straight into the pockets of the disabled.


Visited August 2012
1 Thank DillonHinson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South Sioux City, Nebraska
Level Contributor
110 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Arusha's hidden treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

Located right outside of Arusha on the way to the Arusha airport, Shanga Shanga is a company that employs disabled people to recycle glass, as well as many other recycling of materials such as tires made into chairs and tables. You can tour each of the areas where things are remade into other objects while literally walking on broken glass. Everything that they make can be purchased in the gift shop at very reasonable prices. Make sure and make a lunch reservation at River House restaurant. You must have a reservation in order to eat the most delicious meal you will have in TZ. It is easy to make a reservation on line, simply google Shanga Shanga. Plan on 3-4 hours.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank MarilynAK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

GREAT PLACE, drop everything else on your list of to do and see in Arusha and go to Shanga. It's on the way to the smaller Arusha airport, on the right side of the road, just a small sign. Run mostly by disabled people, they recycle glass into everything imaginable. If you really want to make their day, take blue glass to them as it is a harder color to come by. Take time for the tour and then enjoy a fantastic lunch their as well. Nice bathrooms and gift shop too. I've been leading safaris once a year for many years and this was my first time here. It will be a staple on our way to Tarangire from here on out. Highly recommended.

Visited January 2012
Thank GenSafaris
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Shanga & Shanga Foundation also viewed

Arusha, Arusha Region
Arusha, Arusha Region

Been to Shanga & Shanga Foundation? 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