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Unread postPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 5:13 am 
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I also thought the prices in the shops for a lot of the items (especially clothing) were much too expensive.

I like to try to buy a nice shirt as a souvenir when I go different places. I would have liked to get a nice, long-sleeve "safari"-type shirt with a Kruger logo on it, but I couldn't find anything like that.
I found the type of shirt, but the logo was something that I wasn't familiar with, so I didn't get it (and it was close to US$50).

Would others buy apparel with the Kruger logo? I'm guessing there are licensing issues surrounding this.


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Ten postcard stamps should cost R38 (R3.80 each), but the shops are, as you point out, charging R60, or R6 for each stamp, which is utterly outrageous.


Arks I've asked Admin to have a look at this and as soon as she hears anything about this we will post it here.

As I've mentioned in my Mountain Zebra report this also happened in MZNP. Here is the comment I made in my trip report.

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I have to add this for those of you who like to send postcards back home. While in the shop on Sunday afternoon a group of French tourist arrived. The one man bought a number of postcards and also wanted stamps to mail the post card back home. He was informed that a stamp will cost him R6 at which everyone in the group tried to convince the lady behind the pay point that it is not the correct price for a post card to Europe. Apparently the Post Office asks R3.80 but at MZNP it is R6. Just thought I’ll share this bit of additional info

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Living in this neck of the woods, you will understand that the point I was making about the t shirts being a steal at $16 is that if you visit any of the sight seeing spots around the USA, you will be paying a lot more that $16 for a T shirt.
I have seen T shirts at the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta for $25, or in DC a T shirt at around $30.
Not talking the basic white one with the big red heart on it and the famous words I (red Heart) New York.
My wife brought me back a T shirt on her last trip to SA with the big five across the front, and on the back is the "little five".
The quality is awesome, it is worn every week and has not faded, stretched or the motif has not peeled at all and she paid the equivalent of $12. To me that is cheap and good value for money.

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My husband and I will be travelling to Kruger in February 2007 all the way from Western Canada (32hrs flying).
Our home is an African theme and we want to add to our collection of African art and curios, one of which will hopefully be a 2ft high wooden carved elephant.
My questions to you are, where would you recommend to find the best curios and this size of elephant.
The next question is, how do we get it home?
Do you know if they crate and ship from the curio shops?


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Hi Mizeet,
There are two parts to your question.
Firstly, there are unofficial vendors at the side of the road to most gates in the south, that sell carved ellies, cheetahs and the like.
You would have to make your own postal arrangements.
I have a cheetah of 13kg that flew from Joburg to Cape town as hand luggage.

Inside the park there are also vendors who are more pricey, notably the parks' shops and maybe they can make a plan about shipping, as this must be a common problem.
Any off-shore forumites done it?

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Never done it, but a 2 foot ellie is not that big.
Most airlines will allow you to take a box kind of that size as baggage.
Maybe check with the airline in advance, I have a mate who is a pilot and has taken so many things back to SA, from power tools to golf clubs, some really weird stuff.
Last year my wife took her dad a car accessory, which was in a 8ft X 5ft box and it was checked through no problem.
Your biggest problem might be the weight, rather than the size.
But as I said call the airline and ask them what they will allow.

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OK I would like to ask the help of all and sundry in creating shops that reflect everything that you would like to see.
I am part of a small team that will be changing things at Tshokwane and Nkuhlu.
At this very moment we are trying to get rid of stock(curios at Nkuhlu) that we had no choice but to buy back during take-over.
Everything in the shop is less 25% now.
Then the tricky part begins to source suppliers that are local, original, fairly priced, can guarantee a decent supply, BBE if possible etc etc!
Listening to the above comments it will not be easy.
So any links, ideas, contacts will be gladly accepted.
Then we can try and make it an outlet that you support.

Voilà, enough said for the moment.
We hope to make these sites a pleasure to visit.


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I agree completely that this is not going to be easy.
From what I saw, I also agree that what was in the stores seemed to be aimed primarily at those from overseas, as a fair amount of it seemed to be for sale in the stores in the Jo'burg airport as well.
Yes, it is true that I purchased some of those types of things, but I think it should also be understood that the average person from overseas might come to Kruger just once in their lifetime, while the average South African lives close enough to the park to visit far more than that.
For those repeat South African visitors, you are going to want something for them that they can't get in some store just down the street from where they live.

Unlike me, the average South African visitor is going to know where to get the average South African memorabilia.

Also, despite the trading of the Rand vs. other currencies, I think it needs to be understood that many people who travel do so with a certain budget in mind for spending on this type of thing - this may be money limited, or space in baggage limited, or baggage weight limited.
Money spent in one store on some items is money they will probably not spend elsewhere.
Thus, careful selection to appeal to a wide assortment of budgets (and airline baggage restrictions!) isn't just something that will appeal to the local tourist.

The other problem is that the average Kruger visitor is probably going to purchase their memorabilia at the camp where they spend the most over nights - unless somehow they know that unique items are available at one particular store in one particular camp (which means some creative advertising, which means higher expenses).

Certainly, an adequate supply of local hand crafted items can be problematic, particularly if you wish to verify that sustainable wood harvesting methods were followed, etc.
Considering the large area that could be considered "local" in Kruger ( Makuleke people in the north, plus Mozambique and Zimbabwe ) it seems like it should be possible to get some good hand crafts into the park.
The volume and quality of some of the carvings sold in the open markets in Maputo and Livingstone indicate to me that you wouldn't have to go too far away to find some good hand crafts.
I wish I was on my way to Kruger right now to help you clear out some of your excess inventory!

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Hi all,

would like your tips and advices on shoping:

after all the game viewing there is the presents issue
(other wise im a dead man when i return back home... and i wanna live and maybe visit the kruger afew more times :wink: )

ok so ...
1. what would you buy as presents or souvenirs (from the park or from South Africa) ... (for kids, love ones etc...)
2. where would be the best place to buy these things... (air port duty free on the way back? on the way to the kruger somewhere? one of the camps...?)

interesting answers as well as any other thoughts would be welcomed..

thanks in advance to all!!

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It depends on how much you want to spend. All the shops have a variety of fridge magnets, souvenir photo books, postcards etc. which are relatively inexpensive.

They all sell "nature" themed clothes - tee-shirts, socks etc. Expensive but the quality is good. But they are imported, not made in SA. You can get candle holders place mats, crockery etc.

At a couple of the gates (Numbi and Phalaborwa) are community shops run by the locals, selling things that they have manufactured themselves. Some really lovely and unique things but remember - anything you buy has to be transported back to Israel with you. Not sure if these can be found at any other gates.

The caretaker of the picnic site on the way to Giriyondo gate has a collection of unique can sculptures, very impressive. However I know the picnic site has been closed due to the floods and I don't know whether or not it has opened again or if he is still selling his sculptures.

We have bought South African wine and brandy for friends, sorry can't advise on where to get it or what the quality is, I'm tee total :wink:

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Hi Homer,

We found that the souvenirs made of elephant dung (like e.g. coasters) are a great souvenir. These things are beautiful, something special and easy to transport as they are extremely light. And don't be afraid: they don't smell :D

Regarding the heavier stuff, like wood carvings, candles, wine etc., we usually buy these at the Airport after check in, in the boarding area. They have several shops there which are more expensive than at other places but a great advantage is that you can take a bag with souvenirs with you on the plane in addition to your hand luggage.

Further more, sometimes you find shops that offer shipment. It's not cheap, but you don't have to worry about transportation, weight limits etc. and it is really nice when you get a package from South Africa after some weeks.

Hope that helps.

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On the approach roads to some of the gates (Numbi, Orpen, Phabeni) are locals who do wood carving of animals. They are a lot cheaper than in the shops and are prepared to haggle about the price.

As always, don't flash money around, or wear expensive jewelery, and be vigilant, otherwise it is quite safe and you will get value for your money.

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I think the airport duty free shops are a rip-off!! Rather buy in Kruger or close to the gates. Depending on your weight allowance, you can buy carvings, wooden fruit bowls or just lovely tablecloths.

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Don't buy wood carvings on the roads. The wood may be from endangered trees, and it may not be treated so you may be buying a lot of trouble! Stick to park shops or the community shops mentioned (the latter are probably the best!)

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I totally agree with EcoJunkie - Do NOT buy any wooden carving from the road side sellers. These articles are from indegenous trees, some endangered and threatened. This wood also has not been treated and you will probably take home more than you bargained for - like bugs and worms!!

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