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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Airport Rd, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Phone Number:
+254 41 3432241
Website
Today
08:00 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Book In Advance
More Info
US$72.00*
and up
Half Day Mombasa City Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
The BEST place for high quality Kenyan wood carvings

Akamba is a cooperative operation, and each carver receives a fixed share of the purchase price, which is non-negotiable. The balance goes to support the operations of the carvery... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
OntarioPacked2Go
,
Guelph, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 19: English reviews
Guelph, Canada
Level Contributor
59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Akamba is a cooperative operation, and each carver receives a fixed share of the purchase price, which is non-negotiable. The balance goes to support the operations of the carvery compound and the communal shop. You can probably buy cheaper stuff by the side of the road (which may not even be Kenyan), but the quality is simply not there. We... More 

Helpful?
Thank OntarioPacked2Go
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

And it helps the disabled you can see them do their work and do your shopping. They have huge selection

Helpful?
Thank Aysegul B
bristol
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We came here as part of a city tour of Mombasa and it was probably a highlight of our trip. Our guide explained it was a co operative and that all the people that did their wood carvings were not allowed to sell directly, but through the organisation. 5% of the earnings are donated to orphanages. We bought a few... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank LadyLawless
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

A great experience, a little compound were the akamba people carve beautiful wooden sculptures. My husband and I went without our children and bought a couple of sculpture. We liked it so much we had to go back with our children, they had a great time.

Helpful?
2 Thank Norma7610
Mombasa, Kenya
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

This Cultural activity of the Akamba (Bantu) people epitomise the unique adventures of these long-distance traders, capturing Kenya's heritage. You can never miss a souvenir to take home, at quite pocket-friendly prices. A life-size Giraffe carving is a favourite, shipped right to your home if you wish!

Helpful?
1 Thank Swabra M
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Akamba Handcraft is a wood carving co operative with about 2,800 active Members and more than 7000 non members. When visiting you can walk through the grounds and see them actually doing the carvings and take photos etc. After you can visit the shop where you can buy the finished products. Each worker is assigned a number and he is... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Craig M
Mombasa, Kenya
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

For buying genuine handicrafts and curio one must visit this place. It's located on Mombasa Airport Road, so it's easy to carry your items properly packed and ready to take them as check in baggage or cabin bag according to the size of your item. The prices are fixed so no bargaining required. All types of currency acceptable so no... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank VIRENDRANAGORI
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Decent souvenir shop for Africa. If you've been to one within 1,000 miles it has the same stuff. Pretty good variety but since it is more of a consignment shop they won't negotiate or haggle on any of the prices. That being said you'll end up probably paying more than you would if you just randomly saw what you wanted... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank John A
Mombasa, Kenya
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014 via mobile

I once visited this place is an amazing place and you will get all the natural and man made traditional,believe me u won't regret visiting the place,it's a long the moi international airport a walking distance from the main road,

Helpful?
1 Thank Hillary25
Guernsey, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Walking through the little wooden workshops where is seems over 1000 people work, i was in awe with the amount of talent these craftsmen have. With a little hammer and cutter, they can make everything from coffee cup coasters to life sized giraffe! As an art lover its a must to visit!

Helpful?
1 Thank Steph H

Travellers who viewed Akamba Handicraft also viewed

Mombasa, Coast Province
Mombasa, Coast Province
 
Mombasa, Coast Province
Mombasa, Coast Province
 

Been to Akamba Handicraft? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

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

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Akamba Handicraft staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?