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“Wood love ”
Review of Akamba Handicraft

Akamba Handicraft
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Half Day Mombasa City Tour
Ranked #3 of 5 Shopping in Mombasa
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

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

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

We visited the Akamba Handicraft cooperative as part of our visit to Mombasa. It was very interesting to understand the difference between the different types of wood, to see the carvers at work and to get familiar with the process. Everything feels genuine, it is quite an interesting experience. Each carver has an ID number that will appear on the reference of the wood piece (and can be passed from father to son). The shop is impressive, with high quality wood carvings. Great place for learning and buying souvenirs!

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Hey guys. I just come back from Akamba. amazing...works, masks, bowls everything highest level...and when u going in that workers village and see how they doig...oh men...they deserve every shiling what u pay for them work. so everybody who will visit Mombasa, go there...u will find beautyfull staff. :)

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

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 made this mistake on our first trip to Kenya, and the painted masks and giraffe that we bought deteriorated badly over a 1-year period.

On our second trip a year later, we were advised to go to Akamba, where we found much higher quality stuff (made from better wood) for only a small price differential, and it has stood the test of time. You can see the carvers at work, and the carvings at various stages of production, which is quite interesting. The shop has a massive selection, and stocks some unique items you will not see anywhere else. You will pay more for a piece by a "master-carver" (the ID number of each carver is on the price label). We returned this year since my daughter was travelling with us, and wanted to buy some good quality carvings. You will not be disappointed if you shop here! Any taxi will take you there, and it is also a stop on the standard Mombasa city tours.

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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

Thank Aysegul B
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