Swahili Art Group
Swahili Art Group
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We are SWAHILI ART GROUP A group of talented artists found in Themi Living Garden in Arusha, Tanzania.
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Arnav K
London, England, United Kingdom37 contributions
The Swahili Art Group is fantastic. We met Rodgers after going to Themi Living Gardens (great food spot) and organised to come the next day. My girlfriend and I are not capable but artists but with Rodgers guiding us, teaching us and showing us tips, we came out with art we are both very happy with. Its a great setting, a wonderful team of artists, a great cause and an awesome day/afternoon activity. Highly recommend! Thanks a lot Rodgers!
Written 29 December 2020
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Adrienne C
5 contributions
Solo
What a great experience!!! If you are in Arusha and like art, this is the place where you can spend a very nice day. Rodger (one of the artists) is super friendly and will let you visit his art gallery, which is super nice and located in a lovely garden. I took painting lessons and could paint a zebra with the help of Rodger. Also, the lunch is organic food and is awesome! I recommend 100%.
Written 8 December 2020
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JakeStarry
6 contributions
Couples
We stumbled upon this art group in the lovely edible gardens whilst walking around in Arusha.

We were offered a tour of the art work and explanatuon of the projects focus on environmentalism, sustainability and exhibiting tanzanian culture. Would definitely recommend a visit.

A nice place to come and spend half an hour. Or even get involved with some painting yourself. Looks like there are some great workshops here to take part in.
Written 24 September 2019
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Aianara
10 contributions
I was taken there by one of the artists that showed me around. Jaw dropping. It's just such a nice project and place. It feels like a real forest in the middle of a busy city. I also eat there, and food was just delicious and so cheap. There is a vegetarian buffet (I happen to be vegetarian so this came in perfect), mango juice was incredible. The arts were lovely, esp the ones glooming at dark. Vegetable garden provides for the fresh ingredients. A real jewel
Written 22 September 2019
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Jodipope1
Bloomington, IN5 contributions
Friends
This art group was conceived and created by five young artists who have a creative sense that is fresh and fantastic. They have joined hands with the Themi Living Garden, a forest sanctuary along a frolicking stream in the middle of Arusha. The garden is a dreamy canvas of shaded greens and browns punctuated with shafts of golden sunlight where you can stroll while you meet the artists, see their natural studio workspace, and view their gallery of paintings displayed on easels along the garden paths. While enjoying the view and purchasing a painting or two, you’ll thank yourself if you time your visit to stay for lunch where you’ll have delicious, locally-grown vegetarian fare served in an open-air dining room ideally suited to the forest surroundings. I come here every year during my visit to Arusha and I love it every time! The women who prepare the delicious lunch are friendly and fun to talk to, and the artists are open and welcoming as only Tanzanians can be!
Written 6 August 2019
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Danny PT
6 contributions
Solo
The best word to describe this place is WOW! Not only is it a gorgeous garden but there is a local art co-op that is stationed within the garden. It is within walking distance of most hotels and the clocktower making it an easy detour for any travel plans. When you first walk in, the hustle and bustle of Arusha fades away and you enter a paradise that grows native plants and crops. As you walk through you're welcomed to an outdoor art gallery with pieces created by the Swahili Art Group. The art is so beautiful, diverse, and on high quality canvas. The artists themselves are so friendly and welcoming and even give you detailed information on their pieces and process. Some of the pieces even have glow in the dark elements to really make them special. I bought 3 paintings because I couldn't decide! I will definitely be coming back for more home decor and to take one of the painting classes they offer! I could not recommend this enough, if you are in the area and looking for art this is THE place to go.
Written 6 August 2019
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lanaletely
3 contributions
Friends
Themi Garden is a beautiful location and a nice escape from Arusha traffic. The artists at Swahili Art are talented, passionate, kind, and professional! If you are on safari and are in a hurry, you can support them by stopping by and buying paintings. But if you have spare time, definitely do a painting workshop with them! The artists are wonderful to spend time and learn with. They also do specific requests and will ship internationally -- unique to Arusha for sure!
Written 6 August 2019
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Kaz v
Moshi, Tanzania4 contributions
Couples
This guys are great, full of passion and very professional. Also a good sense of humor and very fun to work with. We did a workshop in painting with 4 persons. We painted a picture/photo we've made while our safari. Personal guidance, good price and the result is the best souvenir you can buy. We also bought a bottle of wine to drink while painting, supermarket around the corner. Cheers!
Written 28 June 2019
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Je La
1 contribution
Friends
I haven’t the opportunity to be there by myself but I have contact to them and ordered my picture to deliver to Germany. It was very good packed and it was georgeous. I ordered two pictures and it was so easy to frame it. I am so happy and everyday I look at them I get a good feeling and a smile in my face. Thanks for so excellent work and being so kind.
Written 1 May 2019
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stefanie2603
Erlen, Switzerland4 contributions
Friends
I love my painting from my safari-trip. The guys are friendly and doing a great job! I would defentely buy more paintings there!
Written 27 April 2019
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