South Africa Shopping

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South Africa Shopping

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    Cape Town Shopping

    Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination.. You can buy anything you can think of here! Many people like the Waterfront. It is a bit pricey but there is so much to see from the craft markets to sailing or...

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  • Informal Markets

    Cape Town Shopping

    There are rows of shops at Green Market Square selling just about anything you may want to buy from South Africa/Africa. The prices are competitive. Cushion covers with pictures of the big five for 30 to 40 Rands each, Key chains for 5 Rands each, Wooden spear with carvings for 120 Rands and much much more Open from 09:00 - 16:00 (Monday -...

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  • Flea Markets

    Cape Town Shopping

    awsome.... thats what you really need to buy from south africa... south african crafts which either made of wood or leather usually. its a must to visit if you are in capetown. also you can enjoy watching some performances near by or inside the market itself. i really enjoyed shopping there also it is bordered by a selection of restaurants and...

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  • Wire and bead sculptures are almost...

    (work in progress)In terms of local crafts, I have yet to come across another place that offers the diversity of artforms and craftsmanship that South Africa does.My particular favourite is the wire and beadwork art, which is a deritive of the Ndebele beading tradition. Beads are threaded onto stout wire, that is then twisted into myriad shapes,...

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  • Help with packing your bags in...

    (work in progress)One thing that you'll note in South Africa is that because labour is still relatively cheap, anything that contains a service component tends to be cheaper than in the developed world.Another area where this becomes apparent is in the 'free' services that various business routinely offer their customers. for example, in...

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  • Sky Guide Africa South 2012

    One of my favourite little books to use for sky happenings this past year was the Sky Guide 2011. It went on trips to countryside where light pollution is less of a problem than in the big city and it was actually used. I looked forward to receiving the 2012 edition with some eager anticipation.Inflation has seen a small rise in price from R85 to...

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  • What to buy for the little ones at home?

    It is often difficult for parents and grandparents to find something original to buy for the kids back home - for frequent travellers in particular, YET another cuddly toy or a T shirt will probably fail to elicit an enthusiastic response.If you are looking for a gift for younger kids (say 7 and below), consider buying one (or more) of the...

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  • The South African Story with Archbishop...

    This book, according to the back cover is “based on the 10-part documentary television series of the same name. “The South African Story with Archbishop Desmond Tutu” is a travelogue with a difference. Created by veteran journalists Roger Friedman and Benny Gool, and taking in all the country's nine provinces, it is a colourful tapestry which...

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  • Save 14% on your shopping!

    Want to extend your spending money? Well, you'll be delighted to know that visitors can claim back the 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases exceeding R250 each that they export out of the country! This does not apply to services (such as accommodation and meals), but if you've been a good tourist and donated liberally to our Gross Domestic...

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  • A taste of South Africa

    Shoprite, Checkers, Pick'n'Pay and Woolworths (in order of increasing price) are probably the most widespread supermarket chains I think that one of the most interesting things to do in a new country is to wander round a supermarket (and peer surruptitiously into fellow shoppers' trolleys) to see what the locals eat! It's also a great way to buy...

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  • Life in South Africa is most amusing

    Well, this tip is not so much about book shops as about some of the humour annuals that get put out. Two delightful books of humour are the "Madam & Eve" series by Stephen Francis and Rico, neither of whom are South African, and the "Zapiro" political cartoons. The new annual are released in October each year. The 2011 Madam & Eve is entitled "The...

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  • Lots of shopping malls.....

    Thanks to the favourable exchange rate, South Africa is a shopper’s paradise for international visitorsBrooklynmall(Gauteng)Canalwalk (Cape)Eastgate Shopping Centre (Gauteng)Fourways Crossing (Gauteng)Gateway (Kwazulu-Natal)Hyde Park Shopping Centre (Gauteng)Menlyn Park Shopping Mall (Gauteng)Panorama Flea Market (Gauteng)Randburg Waterfront...

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  • Menlyn Park Mall

    Very large and modern mall (over 300 shops) where you'll find everything from clothing, books and cosmetics to electronics and home furnishings. There are several places to exchange money, a few restaurants and even a movie theatre. It is like most any major mall in the US with a few minor differences. Unlike most malls in the States (except for...

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  • Bargains Galore

    I told you earlier not to shop at the V&A Waterfront. That's because you can get lots of reasonably priced souvenirs at Greenmarket Square or the nearby Pan African Market. Not only are the prices cheaper to begin with, but you can also bargain and get that "first customer of the day" discount that seems so popular - no matter what time of day it...

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  • South African Wines

    South African Wines and wine culture is very developed in South Africa. We had few good wines while there and it is also recommended to buy few selected ones before you go back home :)

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  • Be wary of what gifts you wish to take...

    Re taking gifts from South Africa to the UK, it's worth mentioning very easy to get Saffa goods in the UK. There are loads of Saffa shops that cater really well for us, retail shops and online.Re bringing a gift through customs from SA, be wary with wooden creatures.. as they need to be specially treated... and foodstuffs like biltong obviously...

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  • The Spirit of Africa

    I also bought this is what they call the Spirit of Africa, the very local Amarula liqueur which is made from the fruit of Marula trees that growing in many regions in western and southern Africa. It is also the official spirit of the world cup 2010 :)

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  • Wild Africa Cream

    As usual I like to buy local drinks and take with me home and no exceptions here, I got this Wild Africa Cream, just be sure to pack in your suitcase or backpack that you check in with and not on hand bad because such large bottles cannot be taken through security in EU if you have connection flights at list until 2013.

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  • Shopping for souvenirs

    South Africa is fantastic place for shopping, whatever your taste they have here magnificent items. Just one tip, I rather stop and buy on the side roads and stands from very local people then in the big shops or at the airport, this way you get it cheaper and help a bit more the local vendors.

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  • African Arts & Crafts

    This Market at the Rosebank Mall sells arts and crafts from all over Africa.A very good variety can be found here. I would suggest to take a walk through the Market before buying. There are stalls selling the same type of stuff, so look around first.The market is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. wooden masks and carvingsindigenous...

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  • A good market to visit

    The rooftop market can be visited every Sunday and is very popular. There are more than 600 stalls offering everything from clothing, ceramics, arts and crafts (local and from the rest of Africa), fresh flowers, food etc.There are also some live entertainment of sorts.opens from 9am to 5pm every Sunday Arts & CraftsClothingCeramicsetc etc...

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  • Very popular : Cape Town

    This massive Mall is in Century City, Cape Town.The Mall is home to most shops you will need. The range and variety is amazing, including music shops, clothing, shops like Crabtree & Evelyn etc. It is home to more than 400 shops!There is also many food outlets and restaurants.The website gives a lot of good info. A huge variety

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  • BEST FAMILY SHOPPING MALL

    Gateway Theatre of Shopping is one of Africa's largest super regional retail destinations. Features: Barnyard Theatre, Ster Kinekor cinema, Cinema Nouveau, IMAX, rock climbing wall, artificial waves, skateboard park, Woolworths, Edgars, Truworths, Game, Exclusive Books, Musica, over 30 restaurants and more.Centre Trading Hours: Mondy to Thursday:...

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  • Cape Town gifts

    Olsens Pharmacy renovated and they are selling Cape Town t-shirts,Cape Town Bags,beautiful hand painted Magnets,Wire Art,Beaded Bracelets/Necklaces - 0ne of a kind.Also beautiful hand painted African-design Candles.They have I Love CapeTown T-Shirts,Bokke t-shirts. Ideal to take back home as gifts !You must visit them, Open Mon.-Fri 08:30 to...

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  • Market in Hluhluwe

    A typical local african street market in the little town of Hluhluwe (market not for tourists at all). We were the only white people there but enjoyed the experience and shopping. The "barbershop" right at the beginning of the market consisted of a little grassy area enclosed by curtains... Don't be afraid to walk it and browse! Mostly food - rice...

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  • Everything (Durban)`

    This is a vast mall with an extortionate amount of shops and a great Wimpy Bar and let me tell you a Wimpy Bar in SA is not like one in the UK, it is fabulous, my fav breakfast here was a Fruit salad with yogurt whilst my friends was a slap up full cooked brekky. Heaven!

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  • BILTONG !

    Biltong is the South African equivalent of American Beef Jerky. Actually that is not true. Biltong is better! It is made from dried slices of meat from the many cute animals you will see in the Game Parks. They come in various shapes from a thin sausage looking variety to ‘chips’. Eland, Springbok, Kudu, and anything else that has 4 legs. This is...

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  • Street Vendors

    I strongly recommend to gifts and local crafts from the street vendors ... it is the same art but much, much cheaper than in the tourist shops, and the money goes directly to the people who need it. Some haggling is OK, but keep in mind that the vendors have to make a living from their products. One example: A weaver needs a week making a medium...

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  • Buy lots of curios and local made gifts

    A wonderful shop that sells thousands of different things........lovely gifts, a MUST see if you visit the STILBAAI / JONGENSFONTEIN area, it also has a coffee shop, a Bar at night

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  • Souvenirs

    If carved wooden animals and people, African stools and drums, wooden bowls and walking sticks, are the sort of thing you are looking for, you're going to be spoilt for choice. Every sight-seeing stop along the way will have a whole row of stalls selling souvenirs, outside every town you drive through practically there will be more. Shopping...

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  • Wonderful beadwork

    South African beadwork is wonderful and there are so many ways you can buy yourself a piece of it. I fell for this beautiful blue and green necklace - you'll see similar ones in souvenir shops everywhere in every colour range imaginable. Mass produced yes, but still lovely and very wearable. You may opt for something more individual, or maybe...

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  • Stylish crafts

    You'll find lots of really good hand-made craft works in South Africa in the small galleries that showcase the work of talented craftmen and women all over the country. Small towns along the tourist routes are the best places to look for individual items. The handicrafts for sale in the shops in the big shopping malls and at the airport are much...

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  • Candles, candles, everywhere

    South Africans love candles - as you will have soon realised after you've eaten in a few restaurants - you need a torch in some of them to read the menu! If candlelight appeals to you, you could do worse than take a few home with you to remind you of your South African holiday. You'll certainly find plenty to choose from - from simple little...

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  • Everything. (Durban)

    This is an amazing store, you will find everything here and every type of sports wear too and to boot there is an amazing surf machine to keep the kids and men happy whilst you browse for hours. Sports wear, clothes, whatever you can fit in your case

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  • A great shopping experience

    Well, this isn't just one shop but an entire experience. There are so many shops at the V&A waterfront it will keep you happy for hours and I was very happy, even if my credit card wasn't! The range of ethnic shops is particularly good. All prices are cheaper than what you would expect at home (going on UK being my home)

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  • South Africa Has lots of Great Shopping...

    The value of the rand against most foreign currencies makes South Africa one of the most inexpensive sources of African souvenirs. Semiprecious stones, gold and diamonds are very reasonable, and the best prices are usually found in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Beadwork, wood carvings, baskets and woven rugs are some of the most popular handicrafts...

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  • shop till you drop, or run out of money

    In South Africa, there are many styles of shops selling almost anything you could ever want. They have department stores selling electronics, furniture, clothes, toys, gardeningand all other kinds of stuff.They also have Woolworths there (not the same as in UK) which I believe is run in conjunction with Marks and Spencers(UK store)Prices are good...

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  • Local crafts all the way!!

    Along the side of the road in the Drakensberg Mountains was a bunch of local crafts for sale by the locals. We stopped off to check the prices and quality. Prices were excellent and the people selling were a blast! It was alot of fun bargining with them, you could even through in a coke to lower the price down and I found the quality to be...

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  • Fresh fruit and vegetable stores 3

    On this photo you can see the girl who is making the fresh juices at the Fruit & Veg City. If you love fresh juices (I wonder who doesn't??), you should definitely not pass them. At least have a little to try!

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  • Fresh fruit and vegetable stores 2

    That's how the store usually looks from outside, so you know what to look out for!!

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  • Fresh fruit and vegetable stores

    I did a lot of driving in South Africa and came across this wonderful fruit and vegetable store in many towns/cities. I was always looking out for it because everything you get from there is very fresh and to my opinion very cheap (compared to a regular store, for example). Fruits and vegetables. But ALSO fresh juices. They have juice machines...

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  • Any carving work

    Any small stall is a good place of course you have to bargain hard and I think that it is better to do it late in the afternoon , they want to sell and there is not many people shopping arround Wood carvings

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  • Great Cottons!

    The South African Woolworths bears no resemblance to the US FW Woolworths. This is a quality clothing chain that offers great quality and very good prices. They're located in all reasonably large towns and cities throughout the country. The cottons they sell are excellent, both for men and women.

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  • ARTS AND CRAFTS

    THERE ARE LOTS OF SHOPS THAT SELL ALL THESE LITTLE SCULPTURES OF THE ANIMALS BUT THERE ARE EVEN MORE STALLS NEXT TOTHE CAMPS OR FALLS ALMOST EVERYWHERE YOU PULL OF THE ROAD THERE IS A STALL................ THEY HAVE SCULPTURES OF ANIMALS , BOWLS SALT AND PEPPER SETS , SERVING SPOONS , DOLLS AFRICAAN DOLLS , ASH TRAYS YOU WANT SOME THING THE`LL TRY...

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  • PURE SILK

    THERE ARE A FEW FACTORIES IN MPUMALAGA WHERE THE SILK ( ANY SILK ITEM FROM SCARFES TO DUVETS , PILLOWS BLOUSES YOU NAME IT THEY MAKE FOR UT OF SILK , BUT FOR A PRICE OF COURSE, COMING WITH POUNDS OR DOLLARS YOU GUYS WILL SMILE AT THE PRICES BUT WE FROM SOUTH AFRICA WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE PAYING SO MUCH MONEY .......................... ANY THING...

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