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“Local Crafts and Cafe”

Cultural Heritage Centre
Ranked #5 of 62 things to do in Arusha
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Owner description: The Cultural Heritage Centre established in the year 1994. Is the first of its kind in Africa dedicated towards exploring the rich treasures derived from African Culture. This family business is the result of culmination of hard work, unwavering dedication and knowledge acquired from the forefathers. At the helm of the affairs is the versatile managing director, Mr. Saifuddin Khanbhai, who has a solid knowledge of African Culture and traditions. Culture Heritage Center has acquired iconic status due to the unique structure of the buildings within its compound and having the treasure chest of African art which is keeping African Art alive. The main building is designed to resemble the Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro. It also has an impressive array of arts and crafts including unique masks, Verdite carvings and paintings by famous African sculptures. Cultural Heritage now boasts an impressible Art Gallery was build on his vision which was to promote the work of the local artists. The exterior of the Gallery is imp rived by a drum, shield and spear, all major African symbols. The symbols resonate with the role of the Gallery that is to represent, communicate and celebrate Africa's Cultural Heritage. Among its many world famous pieces of Art is a 18 feet family tree which took 20 years to make. People from all over the world also visit Cultural Heritage, for its unrivaled reputation of having the finest Tanzanite stones which are also found in the Mererani hills of Tanzania, best in the world. The interior has three areas (i) History, (ii) Wildlife and (iii) soul. Ethnographic artifacts fill the History area, the wildlife area consists of contemporary paintings and sculptures of the curvatures roaming the African Savanna and the soul area captures Africa's energy allure and essence. The art gallery also has an amphitheatre which often shows on the life of special Tanzanian tribes like the Maasai, Pygmies and Hadzabe. It is also used for conferences. Also offered at the centre are day rooms found on the top of the building. They serve as resting place in the calm environment after a long safari trp. The spa at the Gallery offers a verity of personal care and treatments. The proceeds from the Gallery go to the conservation of elephants in Africa and the main concept of this is anti poaching clearly defined by the sculpture of the large unique beaded elephant. However, other causes such as orphanages, schools and boreholes and well drilling benefit from the proceeds. The centre also has a restaurant, coffee chop, spice centre, beads centre, and flea shop, which offers a variety of artifacts at different prices. Apart from the art the centre vibrated with warm hospitality. Cultural Heritage is visited by tourists from all over the world. It has been honored by visits from distinguished guests and state leaders such as President Bill Clinton, The prince William of Holland and his wife, Former UN secretary Mr. Kofi Annan, and celebrities such as Cindy Crawford. However every visitor who visits Cultural Heritage is treated as a Celebrity.
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Good range of local craft but Massai craft was a glaring omission. Thousands of wood carvings, jewellery, gems (probably best to avoid Tanzanite as no guarantees), good cafe/coffee shop, plus about a million t-shirts. Worth just popping in a nosing around if you're on your way to or from safari.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great place to buy Tanzanite jewelry. I bought a beautiful tanzanite bracelet.

Don't miss the museum. Took five years to build. Has a circular staircase inside copying the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The museum.features local artists. In the courtyard of the museum, amazing bronze sculptures of animals and people.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

very good shops - they leave you alone to shop on your own - gallery is fantastic and everything is for sale.
beware the toilets though.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

I stopped at their restaurant for a banana milkshake and a snack. Their collection of African art and craft is very very extensive and I had a look at their Tanzanite and other precious stones and was given (what I thought) was a good explanation of what stones are what. I could have used the shipping company on site to send my purchases home which would have been simpler than carrying them

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stopped for lunch here at the end of our safari. The food in the restaurant was good and it was a nice enough place to while away a couple of hours before resuming our journey. Two things let the centre down. Firstly each potential customer was more or less 'shadowed' by a member of staff which meant that browsing without buying was difficult. Secondly the majority of the cultural and clothing items being sold at the centre were much more expensive than elsewhere so consequently very few sales were made.

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