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“An Inspiring, Humbling Experience”

Shanga & Shanga Foundation
Ranked #1 of 16 Shopping in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Makes you wonder what you're doing with your life. This place was originally opened to employ disabled Tanzanian women who had no other options, and has expanded to include both men and women, making glassware, fabrics, and even selling Tanzanite in the gift shop. This is the place to buy souvenirs to bring home to friends and family-- it makes you feel like you're doing something good, and the quality is undeniable. Wait to buy here... You can get almost anything at their gift shop, including coffee, clothing, and jewelry.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

You can have a guided tour in the work shop of disabled Tanzanians, or have lunch in the beautiful garden. Lunch is absolutely amazing, for $20 pp we got welcome drinks, soup as starters, free buffet with salads, grilled beef, chicken, fish, vegetables, and fresh fruit salad with chocolate for dessert. You have to book the lunch in advance, we hadn't booked, but they still managed to put us in.

In the workshop disabled people, with few other opportunities to work, have place they can call work, they can earn their own money and create something. The make glass beads, glasses, beaded bracelets and earrings etc...

Worth to spend a couple of hours here!

2  Thank rosa_sommerfugl
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We have just returned from Africa having had a nine-day safari in the Serengeti. We were met at Arusha Airport on Wednesday morning and were to catch a plane from Kilimanjairo in the evening - so our safari company took us to Shanga for lunch and a tour. What a wonderful and inspirational organisation they run! It was like arriving at an oasis and we sat in the beautiful garden with a welcome drink of champagne or orange juice. Our lunch was delicious and when we had finished it was a real pleasure to be taken around the workshops by Emanuel and to meet all the workers there. The craftmanship was brilliant and everyone was so happy and cheerful - they carried on their work despite the continuous trail of observers. We were taught how to sign "jambo" and they responded in kind with beaming smiles. We have come home with a set of glasses and several Christmas presents for relatives and I'm sure I shall be visiting their online shop in the future.
The concept is a brilliant one, combining education of awareness of special needs, working with disabilities and fine-quality eco-friendly craftmanship. The commitment of the organisers is clear and the ethical way they work is supreme. Profits are not only ploughed back into Shanga itself, but assistance is taken out to schools and organisations in the area.
Thank you for making our last day in Africa such a special one.
All the very best for the future.

2  Thank caromant
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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

Thank Penny L
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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.

Thank Lisa B
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