African Galleria

African Galleria, Mto wa Mbu: Hours, Address, African Galleria Reviews: 3.5/5

African Galleria
3.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
African Galleria is a professional gallery that deals in antiques, art, tribal art, Tanzanite and other gems, clothing, Maasai art, custom made jewelry (18k gold) and a lot more varieties of items, namely all assortment of carvings in Ebony, Rose wood, Mahogany, Teak in all sizes. Also a very good place to find beautiful Tanzanian souvenirs to bring home.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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kelvin h
Arusha, Tanzania5 contributions
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND AFRICAN GALLERIA....AMAZING PLACE!!
Jun 2021
Great ambience, Learnt a lot about Tanzania culture and arts....A must-go-to place when on a safari...Got me a souvenir......Wonderful food too!
Written 11 July 2021
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Alex
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Incredibly Expansive Selection
Mar 2021
This store has an incredibly expansive selection of art (including local from local and on-site artists), souvenirs, and gem stones. Honestly takes over an hour to really see everything the store has to offer! I particularly loved the masks they had from all over AFrica. I honestly spent over 30 minutes just looking at the hundreds of masks they have hanging on the walls in several areas of the gallery. They also directly employ several artists (painters and sculptures) who work on site and you can watch them create their masterpieces. The listed prices can seem high, but they are always willing to bargain. I bought a mask, a couple paintings, a couple statues, and a few small gifts to bring home. A lot of my co-tourists bought tanzanite and other gems and are thrilled with their purchases. The place also has a nice restaurant space.
Written 4 May 2021
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sahily
Caguas, PR2 contributions
The best place for buying souvenirs and local art on your trip to Tanzania
Mar 2021 • Friends
African Galleria is a must-see shop on your visit to Tanzania! There is truly a one-of-a-kind place with high-quality and reasonably priced souvenirs and gifts. They have an impressive jewelry and gemstone collection, as well as an abundance of stunning local art. The owner and employees go out of their way to make sure you find what you are looking for and have an amazing experience at their store. Highly recommended!
Written 28 April 2021
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Dullah Wildlife
Arusha, Tanzania19 contributions
DullahWildlife
Apr 2021 • Family
The place is very good, my guest experience a lot in this gallery that was unexpected to them, and they enjoyed a lot
Written 21 April 2021
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dianelorraineb
Athens, GA37 contributions
African Galleria--A fabulous gallery for shopping, dining, learning
Feb 2021
If you are spending time in the Karatu District of Tanzania, en route to or from Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, or other destinations, you are likely to see this fabulous "store" on the outskirts of Manyara town which is at the intersection of routes you will take to these places. You will recognize it by the huge elephant statue outside. The Galleria is more than just a store for buying souvenirs and curios. Budget at least 30 minutes or an hour to visit, so that you can go through the mock-up Tanzanite mine; explore the galleries of carvings, fabrics and clothes, beadwork, pottery, and other crafts; and just indulge in the ambience of a rich "safari shopping experience". A casual restaurant, recently added, now gives visitors an expanded experience, so you could plan on having lunch here too. Also, if you are interested in jewelry, especially precious stones and TANZANITE, this store has an extensive collection of very fine, authenticated pieces with knowledgeable staff to assist you without making you feel you are being pressured. Whatever you buy will be well-wrapped for traveling and taking home, so this need not deter you from shopping.
We make a point of stopping at the African Galleria every time we visit this area of Tanzania--we wouldn't miss it for anything. You will even be amused by the "wildlife statues at the entrance, including the big elephant and the crocodile that has spark plugs for teeth.
Written 20 March 2021
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Mélanie Gautier
4 contributions
To forgot: tourist trap
Oct 2020 • Friends
I bought a ring in this Boutique on 24th October 2020. I am not an expert and I noticed just the day after, when I wore the ring for the 1st time, that it was defective. Indeed, the setting of the tanzanite is broken: the stone can go away at anytime, and 2 out of the 4 rods are "right" (instead of curved around the stone) and hold onto everything (clothes, hair, etc.). I firstly would like to do a repair directly in a French Boutique, but some Professionals told me that the price here to re-do the setting will be very expensive... I have the certificate and the ring is still brand-new but it was sold damaged, and apparently there is no guarantee as this Boutique does not respond to my messages...
Written 27 February 2021
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tweedy84
5 contributions
Tourist Scam - Do not go there to buy Tanzanite
Jan 2021 • Solo
As mentioned before this place is a scam, especially the jewlery store for Tanzanites. Tourists are getting ripped off here. The certificates you get for the Tanzanite are fake and the stones do not have the grading that is mentioned on it. According to the certificate, I bought a AAA stone with 18k yellow gold earrings. I got the stone checked at a jewlery store and it turned out to be a AA stone and the gold to be only 14k. SO DO NOT BUY ANYTHING AT THAT PLACE AND CERTAINLY NOT TANZANITE. I would recommend going to The Tanzanite Experience instead - they are very trustworthy and great! GO THERE ANS AVOID THE AFRICAN GALLERY.
Written 29 January 2021
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Christine P
Athens, GA19 contributions
Wonderful experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
This was our third visit and it gets better each time. The owner chatted with us for quite a while, and gave us a beautiful anniversary gift. I love everything I have ever bought there. We will always stop in when we are in the area.
Written 23 October 2020
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DestinSharon
Destin, FL4 contributions
BUYER BEWARE
Nov 2019
I visited the African Galleria in Oct. 2019 with other family members. We purchased ebony wood carvings for a great deal of money (5 figures) and paid for shipping to the U.S. We never received the goods because they were seized by customs officials in Amsterdam. We were never told that ebony wood is considered endangered by the CITES, and it is illegal to export. African Galleria will not refund my purchase because they do not believe the goods should have been seized. I argued that they should not have been sold to me. DHL, the shipper, sent me an agreement to refund my shipping cost and asked for my bank information to send the funds. I signed and returned the agreement with my banking information and received NOTHING. I think African Galleria and DHL may be colluding to withhold any refund. BUYER BEWARE.
Written 23 June 2020
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Solomon Johnson
1 contribution
Expansive selection of art!
Mar 2020 • Friends
African Galleria has a huge selection of beautiful, diverse African art! Wonderfully helpful staff were there to help us choose the right piece and the location is perfect. Thanks for making our experience so fantastic!
Written 10 May 2020
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