Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour

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Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour is a 2 to 3 hour guilt-free shopping trip with lunch at the Shanga River House Restaurant in Arusha

Shanga River House is a for-profit organization that teaches and supports the local disabled who make beautiful souvenirs ranging from glass jewelry [great way to recycle] to fabric products like elephant pillows and bags.

They also partner with other local designers/ organizations that help the local community and wildlife. Shanga River House workshops and shop are open 7 days a week from 0930 Hours to 1630 hours.

Shanga is simply amazing. People with disabilities, some who might otherwise be tossed away or ignored by society, are empowered through art, and they make some beautiful things on-site using recycled materials.

Trash is a big problem in Tanzania; people burn it, and there was plenty along the side of the road, so being able to channel that trash into beautiful merchandise goes a long way in keeping this beautiful country clean.

Shanga was founded in 2007 when local resident, Saskia Rechsteiner, made a handful of fabric necklaces for a Christmas Fair in Arusha, Tanzania. Combining local fabric with some beads and her sons’ marbles, she created a unique necklace that sold out within hours. The days after the fair were busy – orders for the necklaces came in from safari companies, gift shops and even people who wanted to export them to Japan and Australia.

Over the years Shanga has grown to employ more than 60 people with a range of disabilities to make creative products including weaving, glass blowing, beading, paper making and metal work, using recycled materials wherever possible.

In 2017 Shanga was acquired by Elewana, our workshop and store are now located in the grounds of the beautiful Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge. Our staff are pleased to have such a beautiful and safe working space and have the ongoing support for our project and foundation through Elewana CSR program.

Did you know… ‘Shanga’ is the Swahili word for bead! Shanga is a FREE visitor destination and is open for tours and activities 9am – 4.30pm every day of the year. Visitors are welcome to stop by anytime, or advanced bookings can be made for larger groups and tailored experiences. For bookings please contact

Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour activities include the following;

When visiting Shanga you can tailor your own experience with our flexible tour and activity options. Speak with one of our friendly guides on arrival, or plan ahead for a unique experience that fits your availability and preferences using the activity time guide below:

10 Minutes: Quick workshop view and shop

30 Minutes:  Guided workshop tour with ‘try’ activities including glass blowing

15 Minutes:  Activity: Make your own necklace

45 Minutes: Activity: Maasai beading workshop & make your own necklace

30 Minutes:  Sign language lesson

15 Minutes:  Q & A discussion on disabilities and recycling in Tanzania

20 Minutes:  Shanga shopping

Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour

Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour includes Shanga’s art workshop areas where you get to meet some of the artisans behind the glassware, beads, paintings, and fabrics for sale in the store.

As you wind your way through Shanga, you will marvel at beautiful decor like walls of recycled wine bottles that magnified the warm light and make a lovely noise when gently moved.

Shanga has people making beaded jewelry and cloth from recycled materials. They have stuffed elephants made from men’s’ shirts. You will be tempted to buy stuff for your family.

There is so much talent, pride, and focus in the artists at Shanga, and it is fun to watch them work.

All done by 42 disabled Tanzanian tribes who never had a chance to work before. After the tour you will visit River House restaurant on its grounds, which offers delicious lunches and coffees in a serene and breathtaking environment.

It was well worth the trip and an enchanting place to spend the day.

Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour Prices

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* Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour departs on request

Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour Rates Includes:

* Lunch
* Price per person
* Pick-up from your hotel in Arusha and drop-off to your hotel
* Free tour of the Shanga workshop to see the carfts being made
* Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages

Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:

* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Booking & Reservations for Arusha Shanga River House Lunch Crafts Store Day Tour Contacts;

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
WhatsApp : + 254 721-242-711
Mobile :  + 254 780-242-711

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