Akamba Handicraft
Akamba Handicraft
4.5
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JanuszRoman
Europe1,097 contributions
Feb 2020
AKAMBA HANDICRAFT is the most unique place I have seen in a long time. Very often you see precious works of local art and never imagine how they are being produces, carved or painted. If you visit AKAMBA you will know how much painful and patient work is required to produce these little treasures of original local folk art. The carvers at Akamba are high class and yet primitive. They are specialised in various, different animals, carving them with very basic, primitive tools they have. However their final products are immaculate and exceptional. The photos attached tell the story !!!. If I ever come back to Mombasa, I will certainly come back to visit AKAMBA Handicraft Factory. Set aside 2-4 hours to see the carving process and to browse their fantastic store at the end of your visit.
Written 21 February 2020
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Anshul Jain
Dublin, Ireland54 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This place is a must visit to see the art works created using various types of wood by the local artists here. Most of the artifacts are made using single piece of wood... we saw some craftsmen selling their creations which is not allowed as there is a separate shop in this area to sell the items.

The craftsmen will be happy enough to talk you through the entire process and will pose for pictures..

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Written 29 December 2019
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Croftview
London, UK14 contributions
Dec 2018
I have been to Akamba wood carving cooperative many times now and each time I am amazed at the dexterity of the carvers. Each one has a different speciality animal and with the basic tools they have, what they produce is exceptional. Everyone there is so obliging and if you want a certain animal in a certain position, they will produce it for you. Nothing is too much trouble for them. If you are interested in one of their larger pieces of furniture, they will arrange shipping for you. When travelling to Mombasa, this place is not to be missed.
Written 19 November 2019
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arodger1
Barrie, Canada869 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We went to Akamba Handicraft Society while on a guided tour of Mombasa and it was easily the highlight of the day! Very neat to see all the workers carving different figures all by hand. The amount of skill and work that goes in to each piece is just outstanding!
Also the best prices to buy wood carvings as there is no middle person!
Written 6 May 2019
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Ildiko T
Budajeno, Hungary521 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
At first, we visited the place where the workers prepare their beautiful artwork. Each person works on a special area of woodwork in which he has biggest talent in (animals, bowls, small items,..). We were told that according to the collective agreement 50% goes to the craftsman and 50% to the company: every item on the shop contains 2 number one is the price and one of the number of the craftsman. The shop is AMAZING, the most beautiful Kenyan artwork I have ever seen from all kind of wood! And the cheapest as well... the prices are fix so you cannot negotiate but they are much cheaper than in any shop in Mombasa and surely cheaper than on the beach (Diani, Nyali, etc.). We actually bought even bigger animal woodwork and let it flown in to Germany - they have experience in the transportation. Absolutely a MUST when in Mombasa. It is also a good feeling to support those talented people.
Written 1 March 2019
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Marije H
Wageningen, The Netherlands33 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Very impressive and such friendly people. We arrived after closing so we thought we Could only see the ‘making of’ But they were willing to open the shop again. So many beautiful work! Fixed prices.
Written 1 January 2019
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Satinder H
16 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
If you are considering some of the souvenirs you'll see all over Kenya (carvings of animals, Masai, and serving bowls to name a few) consider stopping here. Apparently all of the countries wood carvings come from this "factory" which is a collective of the Akamba people. Each person is given a small work area and the completed crafts are displayed in a large area where visitors can purchase them. Eighty percent of the purchase price goes directly to the craftsperson and twenty percent go to the collective.
Written 11 July 2018
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SlcPearl
SLC312 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
It was fun to wander through the co-op area and speak to the carvers. We were able to watch them carve some incredible things with what appeared rudimentary tools. The shop had a great variety of items at reasonable prices.
Written 11 January 2018
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,235 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
A place that is a must to see. At least an hour or longer is needed to weave your way through the this massive area of workshops. here wood carvers demonstrate their excellent carving skills. They can be bought direct from the workshop or from the Large shop at the end of the tour as you leave the area
Do not miss this attraction it is one of the highlights of Mombasa.
Written 29 December 2017
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AamirSK
Mombasa, Kenya212 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Amazing craftsmanship is show cased here with the sculptures and verity of items hand made for sale. life size to small detailed carvings are available
Different types of wood is used and soap stone too. Good items and value for money spent
Written 7 September 2017
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