Africa holds a treasure trove of unique and curious objects that will cater to any fancy and impress the most discerning of tastes. Handcrafted artefacts, colourful fabrics, contemporary art, artisanal delights, fine wines and specialty coffee, bespoke home décor, chic fashion pieces and top-quality gems and jewelry are just some items that make shopping in the continent truly unforgettable.
You do not need to limit your shopping to items that will fit your check-in luggage as majority of merchants we work with regularly ship huge packages - from pieces of furniture to crates of wine bottles all over the world. However, we still recommend that you land in Africa with ample free space in your safari bags as a lot of safari camps and lodges in our portfolio carry handcrafted and one-off souvenirs in their charming shops or at a nearby local village that you most will not find anywhere else. Do familiarize yourself with your country’s import regulations to avoid any customs issues especially for alcohol and tobacco products.
Kenya and TanzaniaShopping in Nairobi and Arusha opens you to a new world of objects reflective of East Africa’s rich culture. Tokens to look out for are: necklaces and bracelets made of colorful Maasai beads symbolizing power, beauty and love. Expertly handcrafted wildlife inspired bronze pieces from tiny animal shaped pendants to life sized decorative sculptures. Handblown glass by local artisans transform into vibrant jugs, drinking glasses and miscellaneous decorative. Kikois and khangas, their version of the Asian sarong bursting in vibrant colors and attractive patterns. Robust and aromatic coffee beans that will impress caffeine connoisseurs. Authentic and ethically sourced tanzanite and precious gems at very attractive prices – we can even set up exclusive and private appointments for the serious stone seeker.
RwandaKigali’s quirky assortment of things to bring home will appeal to the traveller looking for unique and high quality goods. Talented local artists are on the rise creating a retail scene that features traditional crafts and materials updated with a contemporary touch. Wax print kitenge accessories from bow ties, scarves and bespoke shirts. Hypnotizing geometric home décor shaped into tiles, pottery and canvas made with the oddest yet most durable material -- cow dung, a traditional method called imigongo dating back to the 18th century and exclusively practiced by women. Scented candles, homeopathic oils, handwoven baskets, artisanal jams, gourmet coffees and one of the hottest chili oils in the world called Akabanga are easy to pack, there is no shortage of unique and artisanal luggage stuffers.
EthiopiaA trip to Ethiopia is not complete without visiting a Mercato in Addis Ababa for an unconventional shopping experience. Expect to see a lot of locally made handcrafted items from handheld Ethiopian crosses, paintings, carvings, gabbi and shamma cloths and scarves, clothing, linens, jewelry and even footwear by up and coming designers. Spices, gourmet coffee and local edibles are also abundant and make for perfect transportable gifts. These sprawling markets may be intimidating to navigate even for the seasoned traveller. Our guests are always accompanied by a local expert guide to ensure an optimal and safe retail excursion.
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