Mwenge Woodcarvers Market

Mwenge Woodcarvers Market, Dar es Salaam: Address, Mwenge Woodcarvers Market Reviews: 4/5

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blackcat55
Ankara50 contributions
Real African masks
Dec 2019
It is a handicraft market to find everything.You have to negotiate very tough for the prices to go almost 70% lower. Inviting vendors are really boring but you can find really good original African masks at very reasonable prices.
Written 30 December 2019
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Siza M
Cape Town, South Africa50 contributions
A maze of stalls
Jan 2019
I was lucky that at the first stall I visited along the main road, the seller (a young man that spoke English) assisted with navigating the stalls for the items I was looking for and at the best prizes. I felt safe despite being a solo female traveller
Loved the bead bangles made by the Masai ladies
Written 15 October 2019
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mandyt20192019
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania11 contributions
Creativity and innovation of the use of woods
Jul 2019
Its a good place to buy or access cultural material from Tanzanian artists. The have a way of crafting the woods and beads to represent certain story or attach them to several this like watches, bracelets, cotton material, vikoi etc
Written 9 October 2019
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Abdulla Msabaha
Mbeya, Tanzania62 contributions
BEAUTIFUL CULTURAL PRODUCTS
Mar 2019
here you get to see so many products which are hand made by the sellers there are painters,sandals makers,bracelet makers and so much more,the part i love most about this place there are so many women whom are entrepreneurs.
Written 17 September 2019
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maryathewanderer
37 contributions
Repetitive and Overpriced
Jul 2019
This place is considerably more expensive than Tingatinga or Slipway market, but the stuff is pretty much the same, with minor variations in size and types of animals. Plus, someone tried to sell us some shady tanzanite for $2000 (!!!), no joke. The “tanzanite bag” was pulled out of some secret pocket of some inconspicuous bagpack, and practically shoved into my face. For 2000 U.S. Dollars. I seriously doubt those were even close to being real stones.
I went there during the day with a group of 5 people, we were the only customers, it was really hard to get out because the shoppers were extremely insistent and aggressive. Speaking some Kiswahili helps, but the so-called “mzungu tax” (price increase for foreigners) is a bit excessive.
Written 11 September 2019
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Lora V
Lisbon153 contributions
Enjoyable morning!
Aug 2019
We have been here a lot over the years we have visited Dar. This visit, we noticed that the market had been cleaned up and not nearly as chaotic as before. However, we did go early in the morning, so maybe the buzz of the market started later. Going early did give us a good chance to look around. If you want to see the carvers, they are now behind the shops. Just ask any shopkeeper and they will take you to them (you will have to go through a shop and out the back door) to see them. We always find it very interesting to see them carve.

Most if not all of the items you get here are genuinely Tanzanian. I have visited other African countries and some of the vendors (in other African countries) were passing off the Tanzanian carvings as their own. I can spot Tanzanian art when I see it having had the pleasure of living here and visiting several times after.

If you like a particular item, don't buy it at the first shop you go to. Get their best price (don't be afraid to bargain hard), and walk around and get a feel of the place. Once you get a price you are comfortable with, go ahead and buy.

We found the vendors to be friendly and quite helpful. We were looking for some walking sticks and they actually went around bringing us different designs from other shops and even asking around for other items we wanted. Unfortunately, we didn't get what we were looking for. Maybe at our next visit. However, over the years we've visited, we were able to get lots of gorgeous carvings. Happy to recommend this place. Don't forget -- bargain hard and don't buy at the first place you visit.

Tanzanians in general, are friendly people. Jambo (hello) and Asante (thank you) will get you a long way.
Written 8 September 2019
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Donald S
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania36 contributions
African Art and Wood carvers Creativity
Jul 2019 • Solo
Beauty of Wooden carvers .The sound of hummer and nail That heard from Garage to the showroom bring Carvers with Good looking and Symbols of African Culture. Big market of WoodCarvers in Dar es salaam Tanzania. Also known as Mwenge Vinyago accessible area and Good Handcrafts Goods.
Written 6 September 2019
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love2travel076
durban, south africa37 contributions
More of the same
Aug 2019 • Solo
Although the carvers are skilled and talented, they lack originality. Prices are inflated and you have to be very patient and skilled to bargain. The same products are replicated in almost every stall. One can understand that vendors are desperate for business but a fresh approach to their products and products and customer engagement will help them to make this a more interesting and popular experience for visitors.
Written 22 August 2019
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Jessica R
5 contributions
So many trinkets
May 2019 • Solo
This place is a must see because you can see the variety of souvenirs and most people are creating it there for you to see. I highly recommend it and you should plan to be there for a couple of hours.
Written 6 June 2019
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Safaris-Holiday
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania328 contributions
The Small Carving Factory
Feb 2019 • Friends
This Tourist point is a small Carving school and industry. At the backyard of some shops there are cavers proceeding with production of their sculpture using small axes, knifes, emery paper, etc. Here you get the best products both commercial & antiquities at the best price compared to other areas which sales wood carvings in Dar es Salaam, The Market is located just outside the city center on the way to Bagamoyo.
Written 3 May 2019
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