Shopping in South Africa can be exhausting - there are such attractive goods specific to our country, decisions can prove trying.  And, when compared with prices in hard currency countries, there are bargains galore.

With gold and diamonds being among our most-famed resources, a highlight on the South African shopping list is jewellery and gemstones.  Shoppers are often attracted to the blue-coloured Tanzanite, a rare stone from Tanzania which is expertly crafted into dazzling pieces.

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

Colourful curios and carvings, representing a myriad of South African and African cultures, are also great for personal or home ornamentation.  They include wooden and soft stone carvings, beading, weaving, pottery and basketware.  Articles imaginatively made of ostrich eggshell, wire and recycled goods are extremely popular.

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

Where to shop in South Africa?  You can spend hours in the country's sprawling shopping malls - usually open 7 days a week - or why not find yourself a treasure in our commercial art galleries? You can indulge in some good-natured haggling in flea markets, found in most South African cities, or score a bargain at a roadside vendor.

Bear in mind that on expensive items, tourists can apply for a refund on the VAT levy of 14%.  Shop dealers will assist you with the documentation, but remember to request a full tax invoice.