Kampala the capital city of Uganda is gifted by African Art, Crafts and Souvenirs ~ Gorilla Tour Booking Safaris

Kampala is vibrant city with people looking for the next gold digging opportunity. Many refer to the city dwellers as optimistic and aggressive when an opportunity is within their reach. The tourism industry has boosted the minds of Ugandans by exploiting every big opportunity in the sector. Knowing that many tourists always want something to remember about their journey, many Ugandans have ventured into opening up crafts and souvenir shops in the city centre as well as in the outskirts where many expatriates live. Really it is hard to keep track on the number of crafts and souvenir shops that are opened up in Kampala so my advice would be to keep an eye whenever you are travelling. I’m pretty sure that you shall at least bump into one of them. However there are prominent crafts and souvenir shops have been in business for a quite a long time that are worthy a mention. Most of these are within the city centre or just a walking distance right from the city centre. These include:

Banana boat

If you love shopping in big supermarkets, I think it would be a great idea to think of banana boat. The owner strategically set up this crafts and souvenir shop branches on three Kampala shopping malls loved by tourists: Garden City shopping mall, Shoprite Lugogo shopping mall, and Acacia mall. Depending on where you are, you can easily access these crafts and souvenir shops. If you are coming from Ntinda or you stay around Kololo, Naguru, and the neighboring areas; I great think banana boat Acacia mall was meant for you. For those from Bugolobi, Luzira, and Mutungo Area; Banana boat Shoprite Lugogo is an ideal crafts shop for you. If you happen to be around the city centre, the most easily accessible would be the Banana boat garden city.

Uganda Arts and Crafts Village.

There are various craft shops just behind national theatre. All these shops make up the Uganda Arts and Crafts Village. In this craft village, you shall find all sorts of art: sculptures-mostly gorilla sculptures and other animals; paintings; clothing-mainly Uganda inspired clothes; and others.

Exposure Africa.

This is a craft market located around along Buganda road just next to Daisy’s arcade. There are more than shops in this market and the good thing is that if you want crafts from other East African countries like Kenya, this is a place to go however there are still many Ugandan inspired crafts.

Nommo Gallery.

Nommo gallery is Uganda’s National Art Gallery which features exhibitions of works of wonderful art and crafts by both Ugandan and foreign artists. You will find artworks from local artists as well as other East African countries. The Centre also offers a snack bar, which claims to offer the "best African dishes served with best spices and ambience", and the Craft Village, where locally made handicrafts are sold. Nommo Gallery is on Plot 4, Victoria Avenue, Nakasero – Kampala, near Sheraton Hotel. I like this place so much because of its environment.

Friday crafts market.
If you happen to be nearby Nsambya on a Friday, you can take hike to this crafts market. Its location is ideal for everyone and the good thing about this market is you can practice your bargaining power like the way locals do it. For example if someone says that this sculpture goes for 50000 in a local currency which is equivalent to 15USD, don’t get out that exact money and pay the vendor. You say, I have something like 30000 and the vendor shall say okay give me 40000.  If you say my last price is 35000, and the vendor is assured of making a small profit out of it; he/she shall sell you the sculpture at 35000 making you save 15000.That is how bargaining is done here.

Uganda Crafts 2000 Ltd.

The shop is located at DLCO-EA House; plot 32-36 Bombo Road, Kampala, Uganda, between Teacher’s House and Bible House. Whenever you purchase an item at this shop, just know that you are supporting the underprivileged such as orphans, widows, those living with HIV, single mothers, those with minimal education, as well as people with physical disability because the funds obtained from the sale goes for such causes.

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