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Shanga & Shanga Foundation

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Address: Dodoma Road | Arusha Coffee Lodge - Elewana, Arusha, Tanzania
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Shanga River House is a wonderful place to spend some time in Arusha. It is...

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.

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This was a community project which has a souvenir store with an attached workshop. You can get a mini tour around their place where you can see the workers in action of making... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a community project which has a souvenir store with an attached workshop. You can get a mini tour around their place where you can see the workers in action of making their goods including glass blowing, textile & metal related souvenirs. The prices were a little on the higher side though.

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Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Shanga is a well run project and quite an inspiration for anyone that is involved in community projects.All workers are physically challenged and they make some really unique curios and gifts.They make the items on site and one can interact with them and even have a go at weaving or beading etc. There is also a coffee shop with nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We had a really good visit at the craft center, much nicer for souvenirs than the multiple (identical) generic roadside booths that guides often stop at on the way back from Serengeti. Our guide arranged for us to have lunch there (which was a very nice buffet at the hotel, outdoor seating) and the setting was in a lush garden.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Shanga is a large operation that helps employee people with challenges. We visited with weavers, painters, carvers, sculptors and cooks. The restaurant serves a nice representative sample of Tanzania local foods.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

A very inspiring place to visit! A non profit organisation where the disabled have the opportunity to show their talents, make amazing crafts and sell them. It was very moving and touching to see how they work despite their disabilities and produce great work from glass making to beading jewellery to weaving of mats- it truly was a learning experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! The teach the disabled how to make wonderful things using all manner of recycled materials. The setting is lovely and the craft items are great! Much better than the cheesy, mass produced souvenir shop the guides seem to take everyone to at the beginning of safari. The workshop and store are attached to the Arusha Coffee Plantation... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

A fantastic stop to see some excellent glass blowing along with excellent crafts. A fantastic win-win-win. Spent some time to see beautiful hand made crafts assembled in front of you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Here they make beautiful crafts and and souvenirs, whilst giving many amazing people the opportunity to make a living. Such a wonderful place.

Thank James W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

The shangaa foundation make beautiful handmade jewellery, blankets, toys, glasses, bowls, etc. The staff is so friendly and they have a lot of talents. The idea of the foundation is superb as the staff are disabled local people who managed to craft beautiful things. they are so talented and everyone fell in love with everything I brought back home from... More 

Thank Mylène D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

This was our last stop at the end of our wonderful safari prior to leaving for the airport. The Shanga & Shanga foundation hires struggling locals as artisans to recycle glass bottles into beads and hand-blown articles that are then sold to the tourists that visit. The glass working is done right on the premises, visible to all, and it... More 

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