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    Ostrich souvenirs - eggs and leather goods

    by mikelisaanna Updated Dec 22, 2009

    What to buy: The best souvenirs of a visit to Oudtshoorn are ostrich-related items. Decorated ostrich eggs are a great item for your shelves at home. Even better are ostrich egg lamps, which have designs and patters carved through the egg that allow the light within to escape. You just need to remember that lamps in South Africa use 220V electricity.

    If you want to spend more money, buy ostrich leather items. We saw some very nice wallets and purses in some of the shops.

    From what we saw, prices on ostrich items were much better in Ousdtshoorn than in other areas of South Africa, where you are paying for transportation and middleman markups. The best prices we saw were in the shop at the ostrich farm that we visited (Candlelight Ostrich Farm), where we bought a few items.

    One good thing about buying ostrich eggs is that they are very tough (thick shells) and can handle the knocks and bumps that your luggage will experience.

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    African Odyssey Curios: Roadside stalls

    by Jenniflower Written May 28, 2007

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    A delightful little permanent stall on the road between Oudtshoorn and Cango Caves... it has a wide variety of curios and crafts from the locals.

    The prices were okay, not that expensive in comparison to the shop at Cango Caves.. and also, I think that handmade products are ogten undervalued, when taking into account all the hours made to produce them.

    In SA, when selling to a shop, add at least 114%... and that will be their selling price (100% markup and 14% VAT).

    This'll give you an idea what the locals actually get.

    What to buy: All kinds of local curios and gifts

    What to pay: Not too expensive

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    • Road Trip

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    Cango Caves shopping experience!

    by Jenniflower Written May 28, 2007

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    This upmarket curio shop is in the Cango Cave Reception area.

    A funny little story here is that as I was walking around I spotted a familiar looking card! They still stocked some cards of mine! I recall the agent at the time asking for loads of ostrich cards... and they were done in a rush and I didnt particularly like them to be honest, but that's what the agent said the client wanted.

    So off they went... and now, 5 years later, there are still some of them on the shelves! I did provide them with a few hundred cards, and this is what is left, so they have sold many, but that is pretty dismal considering 5 years have passed! I knew they wouldnt sell well ;)

    The coasters, placemats and keyrings I provided obviously did sell well, but they were alot nicer I thought!

    What to buy: It has all kinds of curios, native to South Africa, in it.

    Placemats, coasters, greeting cards, sculprutes, books, clothing, feather boas, CDs, chess sets, crockery and cutlery etc. etc.

    What to pay: Things are expensive here, they are aimed towards the tourist pocket.. which is not Rand friendly!

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Various shops and stores: Ostrich paraphenalia galore!

    by Jenniflower Updated May 28, 2007

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    Many shops and stores, whether permanent stands, or by the side of the road.. sell ostrich goods.

    What to buy: Their meat is a firm favourite, with locals and visitors alike. Ostrich meat is chewy and not too gamey, as other meats sometimes are (unlike beef biltong).

    Their eggs are utilised for ornamentation and decoration. They are extremely popular, whether painted or unpainted.

    A typical ostrich egg is, on average, about 28 times bigger than a typical chicken egg.

    Their feathers make hand bags.

    What to pay: Not too expensive, a shop would be more expensive than a roadside stall though.

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    Mr Price: Mr Price

    by mvtouring Written Apr 15, 2010

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    Mr Price is a clothing/home furnishing store where you can get some real nice things at very affordable prices.

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    Boeretroos: Boeretroos

    by mvtouring Written Apr 15, 2010

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    Boeretroos is a tiny little shop that sells the bare minimum of goods, but at least you will find something to drink here.

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    Ostrich leather

    by mvtouring Written Apr 16, 2009

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    You can buy a number of items made from Ostrich leather here in Oudtshoorn. Ladies clothing, purses, handbags, wallets ,...... the list goes on and on.

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