Fish watching in Two Oceans aquarium, Cape Town
Shopping in South Africa:
excellent quality at reasonable prices

Due to the weak Rand, South Africa has for years now become a shopper‘s paradise for international tourists. All cities have a Mega-Shopping Mall with trendy shops.

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Air condition in South Africa’s most famous Shopping Mall: “V & A Wharf Mall“, Cape Town

Here you will find the latest fashions from world-renowned brands at excellent prices. electronics, jewellery, art as well as beauty and home decor products can all be purchased as souvenirs.

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Another mall is “Canal Walk“, a gigantic Shopping Mall in Cape Town’s Century City

In arts & crafts and antique shops
you will find typical South African souvenirs

In arts & crafts shops where you can watch artists at work, you may find a unique orgament for your home. Visit an antique shop and here you may also find that rare piece you have always been looking for. Flea- and other markets sell a variety of typical South African souvenirs.

Look around for original solid wood furniture. In some towns you will find carpenters that will tailor-make you a lovely piece of furniture and send it home to you.

Many stores will send your purchases to your home, if it is too bulky to take along. You will find the transport costs very reasonable. In many instances, you may have to pay local tax.

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The most famous curio shop in South Africa: “Oom Samie se Winkel“ in Stellenbosch

Something different – art and culture

Use some days to study the history of South Africa in the various museums. Most of these museums are in Cape Town, however, you will find smaller museums in most towns, so spend some time to trace the past.

On the website of “Iziko“ you will find all national museums south africa » of South Africa.

You will find plenty of information regarding the Apartheid era in Johannesburg and the neighbouring Soweto and in the Apartheid museum » as well as in the Hector Pieterson Museum »

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National Gallery in Cape Town’s Company Gardens

If you aren’t interested in history but more in sport – and you are in Cape Town, why not visit the Rugby Museum »

If a museum is not your thing – then visit the Two Oceans Aquarium » in Cape Town, one of the finest aquariums or the uShaka Marine World » in Durban with lots of entertainment for big and small – both are a ”must see“.

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One of the most interesting Spots of Cape Town: Two Oceans Aquarium at Waterfront

Another good alternative is a visit to the Planetarium » in Cape Town or the Planetarium in Johannesburg ». Both can be visited easily.

The most significant one with the biggest telescope in South Africa » (SALT) is located in Sutherland in the Great Karoo, 240 km north of Worcester .

Should you wish to book a theatre or musical show ahead from home already, please go to the South African booking office ». It is easy to book a ticket beforehand for a show. You will find more information on the Computicket website » and you can make a safe payment on there as well.

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Market Theatre in Johannesburg

Indoor activities for sport fanatics

If you would like to do some rock-climbing in future, we suggest you practise first on a climbing wall. In South Africa you will find Indoor Rock Climbing halls. Experienced staff will assist you here. These centres can be found in most towns / cities, ask your host at your accommodation establishment – this activity is also a good past-time for children.

Fitness studios or gyms can be found in every town or city. If you are missing your regular training, you can continue here. You will find addresses at your local tourist information office, internet or you ask at your accommodation.

„Cosy“ activities

You don’t want to spend your time in museums and you would rather spend your holiday with ’live‘ activities? Ask your host for the best restaurants in your area. In tourist centres the variety is big and you could spend a few days experiencing the best of restaurants.
Many towns have restaurants with music with a group of African musicians and dancers, combined with unique African dishes. Often guests are invited to dance with the group. Sometimes the guests have a lot of fun and there is a great party atmosphere like here in Marco’s African Place in Cape Town – see our visit on the photo. The African dancer tried to copy the European disco dances.

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After dinner-party in Marco’s African Place, Bo Kaap – Cape Town

More informations about Restaurants in South Africa you will find here »

When travelling in the Winelands, visit different wine estates, undertake a cellar tour and taste some wines. Here the culinary experiences are big. Many wine estates have a restaurant, some offer a gourmet experience of the highest standard. Enjoy a royal menu paired with the best wines. Visit our “South Africa Check” wine site », where you will find all the informations.

Would you like a spa or wellness experience? Your host will advise you where to go or you can book yourself into a Wellness-Hotel and let yourself be thoroughly pampered.
Click here and find a beautiful example for spa in South Africa »

Top Ten of Indoor Activities
  • Victoria & Albert Waterfront Mall, Cape Town
  • Canal Walk Shopping Mall, Cape Town
  • Sandton City Mall, Johannesburg
  • Riverside Mall / Ilanga Mall, Nelspruit
  • Garden Route Shopping Mall, George
  • Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town
  • uShaka Marine World, Durban
  • Apartheid Museum, Soweto
  • All Iziko Museums (state museums)
  • Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay