Kenya Shopping

  • Shopping
    by Dizzyhead
  • Shopping
    by Dizzyhead
  • Shopping
    by Dizzyhead

Kenya Shopping

  • traditional Maasai handicrafts

    Unlike the Maasai market in Nairobi, here in the village, which is located in a remote area deep in the savannah, you can be sure that all the souvenirs are original product of villagers who live here. This difference is evident at first glance, the souvenirs are polished, more imaginative and better designed. The offer is diverse and interesting...

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  • Bargaining yes but how long

    The average Kenyan has opinion that all whites are loaded with the money, having it much more then really needing. They are convinced that white tourist should share some money with them, wheter buying something or just giving money on request. Some of them could really exaggerate with the prices, in particularly if estimating that tourist just...

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  • BEST SOUVENIR SHOP IN NAIROBI

    THE BEST VALUED SHOP FOR EAST AFRICAN SOUVENIRS WITH A HUGE CHOICE OF TSHIRTS, ARTS, USEFUL SOUVENIRS I EVER SAW BATIKS, JEWELLERY, SAFARI WEAR, ARAB CHESTS, SISAL BASKETS, EBONY CARVINGS, WOODEN CARVINGS, SOAPSTONE CARVINGS, BRASS & COPPER WARE, AFRICAN SEMI PRECIOUS STONES, TSHIRTS, SHORTS, COFFEE, TEA FIXED PRICES, ABOVE AVERAGE PRICES

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  • Shopping in Masai Mara

    When our safari van entered the Masai Mara park, we were offered bracelets, necklaces, and all sorts of local crafts. We were also offered these during our visit to the Masai. Had we waited until leaving the Masai Mara Camp, we would have paid a tenth of the price. For example a beaded bracelet was sold to us for 1€ at the Masai village. When...

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  • Souvenirs

    You can get great souvenirs anywhere in Kenya. The cheapest place to get things in Nairobi is at the acade located beneath the Hilton. Ask for a guy named Babu who sells everything at bottom prices. Most stores aren't owned by native Africans which will make you frown after awhile.However, if you get low on cash, you'll get the most bang for your...

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  • Support These Local People

    When in Kenya you will most likely be taken to small, independently run workshops just off the roadside. The drivers will take you there in the hope that you will spend money there - not too sure what this means to the drivers we never found out but I'm sure there's some kind of corporate deal going on here and good luck to them. These stalls sell...

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  • Tuesday Market Nairobi

    It is an open market which open only on Tuesday where merchant from around Kenya sale their products from garment, ceramics, jewelry, and many Kenyan specific souvenirs Callabus - it's supposed to be somekind of hanging fruit which were crafted from outside. The color usually is brown.Kilimanjaro stone - you can choose different variation of...

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  • Stock up in the local stores

    Going north toward our hotel in the hills around Molo, we stopped in the town of Nakuru as we passed through to stock up on food and drink items for the family. This is easy enough to do in Kenya as most grocery stores have the basic supplies that you will need. We did the same thing in Nairobi on our return trip, before we headed further south for...

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  • Drive a hard bargain in Voi

    The Voi rest-area is the stop-off midway for people taking the Mombasa Raha bus to Mombasa or other bus lines including the Akamba buses. Many Maasai traders come to trade their wears and if your handy at negotiation, you can get some decent craft and bead-work for cheap. Just to be sure, don't let anyone tell you that the bracelets are over 200...

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  • Curio Shops and Crafts

    Shop for local handicrafts and art, including wood carvings of animals and people, sisal baskets, Masai and Kikuyu beadwork, handwoven kanga (sarong) fabric, Kisii soapstone, intricately carved gourds, ebony carvings, batik wall hangings, antiques (notably Arabic pieces), blue tanzanite or green tsavorite gemstones, and malachite.

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  • Cheap fruit for snacking on the go..

    Nairobi's street vendors offer some of the freshest fruit if you keep your eyes open. For as rediculously little as 10 Ksh you can get a bag of plums, while oranges and bananas range from 20 to 45 Ksh. Since most post their prices, haggling can be kept to a minimum. This supports poor local women in the community and gives you a fair price. Should...

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  • See a movie, eat a meal, and get lost in...

    Nakumatt Junction is really just a big mall, but it has a really excellent book and music shop as well as some Men's stores and other places. If you get hungry, try Dorman's or the big Nairobi Javahouse where you can sit outside on the patio. The locan cinema plays all the latest movies (give or take a few American ones that have JUST gotten over...

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  • How to bargain / how to buy your...

    Anywhere in Kenya it is a must to bargain.It is quite tough for first time tourists, and the sellers know that.They ask for the country (or sometimes hotel) you come from and make the price accordingly.If you don´t know what things are worth, maybe go to the hotel souvenir shop first and have a look at the prices (because here, there are some on...

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  • Kisimi soapstone carvings

    Kisimi soapstone quality is unique in Kenya, and maybe also for the African continent. It is a light sopastone with very fine grains that make it eminently suitable for art/sculpture carvings, for more useful items such as plates. trays and bowls. The material is fairly cheap and the crafting also cheap unless done by supremely famous carvers who...

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  • Colourful textiles

    So in the previous tip you could read about the souvenir shops near the Great Rift Viewpoint.But besides small animal statues, they were also selling very colourful textiles, like the very red scarfs that Masai people are wearing.But as I told you before, it was really too early to buy souvenirs (no, no not too early in the morning, but too early...

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  • Lots of Souvenirs

    So early morning we left the Silver Springs hotel in Nairobi, in order to drive towards the Nakuru National park.Along the way we stopped at The Great Rift viewpoint.But no time for a quiet visit, immediately we were "attacked" by salesmen (and women) who wanted to sell small statues of animals and other local craft.Our trip had just started a few...

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  • The Three Ladies

    In the Bead Museum department inside the African Heritage shop I did see some beautiful busts of local ladies. These small busts were made of terracotta.As I did see these small statues, I had the feeling, Yes, that is it. So I decided to buy three of these statues to take home.The man at the counter really packed them well, so they could not be...

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  • The African Bead

    In this African Heritage shop (near the Carnivore restaurant), there was like a kind of gangway were they were showing African jewellery and human history in Africa for over 12.000 years, it looked like a little museum. That looked very beautifully. Not all items that were displayed were on sale.In this part of the shop I did buy some beautiful...

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  • Shopping in Style

    This was a great shop. The ideal place to buy your last souvenirs, if you have still some money left (sorry, no need for money, you also can pay with your credit card), or if you have any room left in your luggage so you can still carry it back home.They are selling really beautiful items here like masks and other wooden sculptures. local...

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  • sarongs and soapstone

    We had a row of market stalls ext to our hotel (papillon lagoon reef) on Diani beach, but there are similar stalls to these all over. There are a wide variety of crafts to buy at a good price if you are prepared to haggle ( go on - its fun!) Most tings are hand made, and anyway they deserve the sell rather than the hotel! We bought 3 sarongs, some...

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  • You don't need just money

    When in most tourist shops in Kenya, there is no set price. You need to discuss and settle on a final price. Usually, the seller will initially give you a very high amount to pay for something...you CANNOT pay them this amount. What you need to do is start at a price that is LESS what you think the item is worth. After that, they will bargain with...

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  • take items to trade

    Local traders love western clothing & try to trade t-shirts right off your back! Take some small items like colourful cartoon socks of souveniers particular to your own countries. They are great for trading & giving to children in return for photos. wood & stone carvings can't remember

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  • Wood carvings in Narok

    On the Nairobi Highway cum High Street of Narok there are a few shops specializing in wood sculptures and carvings. Mainly animal sculptures, this being on the way to Masai mara; but also Makonde figures etc. Lots of good stuff, but beware of swindle (shoe polish "ebony") and inflated prices. Take your time buying here. Undoubtedly, some very nice...

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  • Local craft shopping

    Very popular are wooden carving, batik, sarongs, soapstone, ... Check out my Tourist Traps pages

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  • Buying...

    I went with my friends to visit a small masai village, after we visited the town, they prepared a small market for us...Áaand we were in the middle of nowhere! Masks, pottery, masai´s jewels

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  • Kenyan Art.

    Everywhere you go you can find souvenir shops and art shops, near national parks, along the main roads in the big cities, along the coastline, everywhere....In Kenya you can find many skilled artists, painters and carvers.But most of the articles are produced in mass production.

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  • Kenyan Prices of food

    15ksh 300ml fanta in a glass bottle15ksh small packet of biscuits25ksh if you keep the bottle35ksh cake's36ksh 300ml milk32ksh 300ml orange juice55ksh snickers chocolate bar30ksh 250ml tin of fruittry the pies in the many bakerys scattered about Kenya, the goat ones are yummy.

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  • Buying vegetables and fruit on the...

    All over town you can buy your stuff, cheap it is to. Always try to get the price down, the people like that, so they can talk longer to you and they also think it is fun. Cigarettes and drinks have a fixed price.It is also the best way to learn to deal with Kenyans in real life. If you are hunting for art or gifts, you should be outside the city....

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  • African Art

    In Nairobi you will find art galleries where you can buy real african art like Masks or sculptures. They bring it from different parts of Kenya, Tanzania and other parts of Africe - mainly west Africa. I got this mask some years ago and it is a mix of wood and hey. It is hanged in my saloon and i love it.

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  • wood carving in malindi

    The handcraft cohoperative is the home of truly beautiful carved wooden objects. There are several cohoperatives in town - only one being state run. It's the one that sells carvings of much better quality than the others, and you can also see the artisans at work. The most beautiful things I saw were some little tables with carved elephants - and...

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  • Drink of Champions

    All along Kenyan roads are small locally operated shops full of beautiful wood craft. Africans are used to bartering, so offer anything you have to trade: Kenyan money, American dollars, even the T-shirt off your back. Make sure to relax after shopping with a cold Tusker. It's Kenya's #1 beer (and my #1 favorite)! Stock up on these gorgeous...

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  • Maasai blankets...

    There are many traditional Maasai markets throughout Kenya, so there is no problem in a choice of goods. The Maasai blankets are for sale pretty much everywhere, though they are pretty expensive by Kenyan standards. Local wood carvings are also a good bet, and there are quite a few craft shops around specialising in these. Pay around $10 for a...

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  • crafts

    A local craft shop with a workshop where craftsmen works sells wooden figures of african people or animals, batik paintings, local musical instruments, etc etc... A beautiful batik would be good because one will not be so obstacle in your room even years later.

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  • Souvenirs

    There are lots of handicraft shops. The state owned shops have fixed prices. However, when you buy something at a private shop (handicraft or so) the code word is BARGAIN! Let the guys do a price proposal, start at 1/4th and end up at about 1/2 the price. You might try to 'exchange' things, for instance an ebony statue for a small amount of money...

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  • Wood carvings....

    This shop is one of the exceptions to the barganing rule. They don't bargain here. But you can feel safe using your credit card and have items shipped back home.There are a few other places to shop for wood carvings, tanzanite and local crafts but be careful!Our guides constantly told us of wood carvings that had wood worms. I won't swear to how...

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  • Better see animals in live than on...

    I just bought typical things made by the Masai people...their famous " gourde a lait " and some pareyos... Masai things..boucliers, lances, fleches, boites a bijoux, colliers... bargain and bargain...

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