South Africa plays host to a wide variety of experiences derived from the diverse amount of cultures present in the country. Visiting the country for a short holiday stay usually means you won’t be able to experience and see everything our nation has to offer.
It can also lead to difficulty when looking for authentic South African gifts and buying souvenirs that truly capture the essence of South Africa. If you’re unsure on where to start check then we encourage you to check out our list of keepsakes that every tourist should get during their stay.
Monopoly Cape Town Edition
Cape Town can boast about being the first South African city to have its own version of the famous property board game. With the roll of the dice, you can win all the major historical and tourist sites of the Mother City such as the Two Oceans Aquarium, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, and the Iziko South African Museum.
African Arts & Crafts
Bring Africa into your home with a wire and bead ‘trophy head’ or carry Africa with you with your beaded keyring. There is an overabundance of local craftsmen and shops who sell a wide variety of colourful bead and wire art for you to choose from.
Amarula is a unique, sweet and creamy liqueur made from the exotic fruit of the indigenous Marula tree, and is best enjoyed on the rocks or sprinkled over ice cream. There is also no shortage of local wines available as well as a wide selection of local gins and craft beers.
A Necklace from Pichulik
A Pichulik necklace is inspired by African and Middle Eastern ornamentation and was founded by Cape Town jewellery designer, Katherine-Mary Pichulik. The brand features a bold range of handcrafted jewellery using locally manufactured rope and fascinating materials.
Get yourself a piece of Africa with a sterling silver pendant and chain from Camden. These strikingly handcrafted charms are chic and make a delightful birthday or Christmas gift.
It is a well-known fact that South Africans are as passionate about beer as they are with rugby, so combining the two together is a no-brainer. So get yourself a South African Rugby branded beer mug or a Springbok Jersey to capture the SA’s sporting spirit.
South Africa accounts for more than 50% of the global production of mohair, which is viewed as the finest and best quality in the world. Resulting from the shaggy-haired Angora goat, mohair is breathable and keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Cuddle up with a stylish mohair blanket which comes in a range of colours and sizes to suit your preference.
Ardmore ceramic art
Ardmore Ceramics, founded in 1985, is known for its quirky, colourful and interesting pieces, from bowls and platters to vases and tea sets.
The ceramics are made by local artists and each item is completely distinctive making it the perfect South Africa memento to take back home with you.
There you have it a basic list of South African trinkets you can take home from your visit that scream South Africa. In South Africa, Ubuntu means to share and to care, to spread the spirit of Ubuntu and share these souvenirs to never forget the beauty of South Africa and all that it offered you.
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