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3 Markets you Should Visit in East Africa

Shopping is the perfect way to end a great holiday. In East Africa, there are some colourful markets full of cultural ornaments, garments, spices, and antiquities that make excellent gifts and souvenirs.
Visit these three most popular markets the next time you are in Tanzania, Kenya or Rwanda.

Maasai Market in Arusha, Tanzania

This open market in Arusha, Tanzania is vibrant and colourful. It is a one-stop market where you can find every type of painting, wall hanging, ornament, basket and other exotic curios and crafts to take home.

Maasai Market in Nairobi, Kenya 

This is a unique open market, that offers a great opportunity for haggling and bargaining. Depending on the week, this market rotates around the city. Nevertheless, it's typically open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at each location.
In the Maasai market, you'll find curios, paintings, drawings, clothes and fabrics with different East African prints, jewellery, and wood carvings, many of which are made in Kenya by local artisans. 

Kimironko Market in Kigali, Rwanda

There are several farmers' markets in Kigali, but this is the largest. From colourful garments to spices to bags of fresh-smelling ground coffee, Kimironko market gives you a taste of the country. You will touch, smell, and taste different things found in the market. You can't go wrong with this market for grocery shopping! 

Take the time to visit local markets in East Africa, and you'll return with something you'll cherish forever.