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“Extensive Craft Market!”

Mwenge Woodcarvers Market
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is one of my favorite curio markets in all of East Africa. There are tons of carving stations and you can see where much of the work is being done behind the stalls. Unlike many places which sell mass produced crafts, Mwenge is an artisan's village and many of the objects are produced on site. Remember to bargain (this is a market after all!) as initial offered prices quoted are likely significantly inflated.

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

This market is very close to Mlimani City mall, but a much better area to shop if you are looking for authentic Tanzanian gifts, items, etc. Make sure to haggle prices as you will almost always be given a price double than what you should pay for :)

Thank Alexa B
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

You get the impression that this is a building but it’s really a collection of sheds and some covered buildings. You can walk all through the area and see the local artists carving mahogany or other woods into sculptures or signs. You will likely be greeted by all sorts of “guides” who simply want to direct you to a shop of their choosing. The problem with this is they take a markup on whatever you might want to buy. Feel free to bargain with the final deal because you’ll likely be offered the item in Tanzanian currency and you’ll have to convert the amount to your local currency. We found that the original offer was not even close to being reasonable. The tout probably looks at your clothing and face and determines that you are a wealthy tourist. I believe in paying a fair amount for whatever item but there is no reason to pay a markup of 100% or more simply because the tout wants a better cut. Put your bargaining hat on before you come and maybe look at similar art in other locations, so you get an idea of what a retail price might be. You should be paying a little more than wholesale in this area since you are buying from the artist or the artist’s store.
This was part of a city tour. We hired a driver who also doubled as a guide. We found him through our hotel and he was amazing. He runs his own tour company called Alex’s Tanzanian Adventures. He made all the arrangements for us on many different tours and he was terrific. You can contact him for availability at ntukulaalex@gmail.com.

Thank PKDenton
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Great deals are my thing, and Mwenge Market definately left me with that tingly feeling. ..Mostly driven by the people interaction. In particular, must highlight the super-shopping at Shops 31 and 71, where Morris, his mom and sister, Sarah ensured we had a truly Tanzanian experience.

Thank 724sandin
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

One can find many good collection of wooden items, which are being manufactured there itself. However the price they ask is exorbitant and one needs great negotiation skill. I purchased one item for US$30, which my friends had negotiated from USD120. I thought it was a good bargain, but later i saw similar item is being sold at USD 34 in our hotel souvenir shop.

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