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Real African Hand-Carved Board Games

Mancala (also known as Oware) is a popular “sowing” or “count-and-capture” game that originated on the continent of Africa. Played around the world, the game is fun and easy to learn, yet challenging enough to keep the best board game pros engaged. In keeping with the ancient tradition, Africa Heartwood Project offers these board games in styles and designs from Africa. Each board games is hand-carved and assembled in Africa by cultural artisans who receive a liveable wage for their skilled work. Check out our five great options.  Makes a great gift!

Mancala / Oware Game Choices

Oware (Mancala) Game Board Extended Original with Elephant Carving

This authentic Mancala Oware game from Africa Heartwood Project consists of a hand-carved wood board and 48 grey/green tear seeds. This version is an upgrade from our basic Oware game board because it has the mancala pots included at each end. The design features artistic masks deep-carved into the exterior of the board. The board is the carrying case, so you don’t need a bag – it is all self-contained.
  • Price: $30 w/ Free Shipping
  • Sizes: 21.5″ x 2.5″ (closed)
  • Skills Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Availability: Available Online (Free Shipping available)
  • Materials: Made from renewable and recycled materials in West Africa
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Oware (Mancala) Square Game Board with Elephant

This authentic Mancala Oware game from Africa Heartwood Project consists of a hand-carved wood board and 48 grey/green tear seeds. The design features an artistic image line-carved into the exterior of the board, with the mancala pots in the center of the board. The board is the carrying case, so you don’t need a bag – it is all self-contained.
  • Price: $35 w/ Free Shipping
  • Sizes: 12″ x 5.5″ x 2″ (closed)
  • Skills Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Availability: Available Online (Free Shipping available)
  • Materials: Made from renewable and recycled materials in West Africa
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Circular Oware (Mancala) Board with Mask Carvings

This authentic Mancala Oware game from Africa Heartwood Project consists of a hand-carved wood board and 48 grey/green tear seeds. The design features artistic masks deep-carved into the exterior of the board, with the mancala pots in the center of the board. The board is the carrying case, so you don’t need a bag – it is all self-contained.
  • Price: $35 w/ Free Shipping
  • Sizes: 10″ x 8″ x 2″ (closed)
  • Skills Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Availability: Available Online (Free Shipping available)
  • Materials: Made from renewable and recycled materials in West Africa
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Deluxe Circular Oware (Mancala) Board Game with Seeds

This authentic Mancala Oware game from Africa Heartwood Project consists of a deluxe hand-carved wood board and 48 grey/green tear seeds. The beautiful circular shape features designs of artistic masks and other deep-carved images on the exterior of the board, with additional mask carvings on the inside of the board. The mancala pot is the center of the board.
  • Price: $50 w/ Free Shipping
  • Sizes: 20″ x 10″ x 3″
  • Skills Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Availability: Available Online (Free Shipping available)
  • Materials: Made from renewable and recycled materials in West Africa
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Oware (Mancala) Seed Game – Original

A wonderful, ancient board game that tests strategy and mathematical skill. Children in Africa have played this game for centuries, and adults spend hours and hours picking up and dropping stones into the boards 12 pits, socializing as they play. The game can be played non-strategically by young children not even able to count, so recommended age is 4+ (small parts not recommended for children under 4).
  • Price: $25 w/ Free Shipping
  • Sizes: 15.5″ x 2.5″ (closed)
  • Skills Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Availability: Available Online (Free Shipping available)
  • Materials: Made from renewable and recycled materials in West Africa
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