Mama shoo

My name is Janet Shoo and I started this project in 2016. I have always been fascinated by the rich culture of my country and especially by that of my people, the Chagga. My wish is to introduce my visitors to the various aspects of our customs and traditions.


I studied Home Economics in Germany and taught this subject together with Hotel Management at various Colleges in Tanzania. In 2006 I decided to venture into business and opened a shop for handmade Tanzanian products like masks, jewellery, wood carvings and goods like table cloths and aprons and made out of batik fabric.


With Mama Shoo Cultural Torusim I am offering visitors a chance to explore authentic Tanzanian food, handicrafts and customs.


the project

Mama Shoo Cultural Tourism is a great place to learn about Tanzanian culture. Our compound is located in Maili Sita, just outside Moshi. Since the Chagga people are the largest ethnic group around the Kilimanjaro area, we have specialised in presenting the Chagga culture to our guests. Here you can explore a traditional Chagga hut, visit our Chagga Museum to see historical tools and taste local dishes like cooked bananas. You’ll also get a chance to see how batik fabrics are designed and dyed and you can even make your own!
Our large shop offers a wide assortment of handmade products from Tanzania. Here you’ll find traditional masks, animals and candle holders carved out of wood. We also have jewellery, batik products, leather shoes and the finest coffee from Kilimanjaro.


Our compound has a beautiful, green garden where you can sit down for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a piece of cake baked at our own bakery.


We have a number of tour guides who can show you around Moshi or take you on one of the many trips we offer.


Mama Shoo Cultural Tourism is a must-see for tourists visiting the Kilimanjaro region.