What is shopping like in South Africa?

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What is shopping like in South Africa?

What is Shopping like in South Africa? 


Shopping is a very popular pastime for South Africans. International visitors are often attracted to goods that are proudly South African and the attractive exchange rate against other major currencies means these can be picked up for a song.


With gold and diamonds being among our most-famed resources, buying jewellery and gemstones in South Africa is often high on the international visitor's shopping list. Shoppers are often attracted to blue-colored Tanzanite, a rare stone from Tanzania which is expertly crafted into dazzling pieces.


South African wines are another sought-after purchase, and most wine estates and dealers will make arrangements to ship your selection abroad. 


Colorful curios and carvings, representing a myriad of South African and African cultures, are also popular purchases and include wooden and soft stone carvings, beading, weaving, pottery and basket ware. Articles imaginatively made of ostrich eggshell, wire and recycled goods are sought after. 


With the price of antiques sky rocketing the world over, it may be worth your while to check out the local stock. Antiques can be found in the big cities as well as the smaller country towns.


One can spend hours in the country's shopping malls (usually open 7 days a week), trawl South Africa's excellent art galleries for that perfect piece, indulge in good-natured haggling in one of the many flea markets found in most South African cities, or find a bargain at a roadside vendor.

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