Top 10s Souvenirs in the North West
Locally produced mampoer (peach brandy) tops the list of souvenirs and what's more you can take a mampoer tour to see exactly how it's made! You'll find it sold at local liquor outlets and speciality shops.
2A Herman Charles Bosman book
You'll gain a far deeper understanding of the Groot Marico and its interesting characters by reading a book by famous South African author Herman Charles Bosman. Find a selection at local book shops or during the Bosman weekend held annually in October in Groot Marico.
3Margaret Robert's herbal products
Margaret Roberts is South Africa’s most famous herbie. Her love of all things herbal led her to create a range of beauty and health products incorporating herbs. Find a large selection of these at Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre in Magaliesberg (Wednesdays only) or at gift shops in the area.
4Linens and Lavender
On the Magalies Meander, which takes visitors on a route in and around the town of Magaliesberg, you'll find good linens, textiles – like the ethnic Monkey Puzzle Prints – and lavender products that have been created by locals.
5Honey and Preserves
With its abundance of aloes and wild flowers North West yields some fantastic honeys, jams and preserves that you'll find on the shelves of local supermarkets and in gift shops. These make ideal gifts too.
In the village of Mokgareng, just outside of Taung, the ladies of Areitekeng – which means “working for ourselves” – make stunning sandals and shoes from leather and springbok hides. Similarly you'll find leather cushions and accessories made by the Reatlegile Youth Project near Taung.
7Recycled Glass Products and Wire Art
Unique, handcrafted glassware like wine glasses and beer mugs are made from recycled glass by trained local crafters. Glass items are usually more chunky and creative than conventional glassware. Funky original wire art is also sold at the side of the road.
This is leopard country par excellence and local jewellers – particularly at Sun City and the City of the Lost Palace – sell some really beautiful gold and silver pieces inspired by this graceful animal.
9Sun City and Palace of the Lost City Memorabilia
This casino resort has specialty shops and boutiques that sell anything from animal-print T-shirts to key rings, caps and mugs. You'll also find stunning designer handbags, fine gems and jewellery, African curios, stylish shoes, clothing, beachware and much more.
10Veldskoene (bush shoes)
These stereotypical 'bush shoes' are a South African classic. Originally made only in natural leather colours, these are now available in all sizes and reds or pink. A must for your trip to Groot Marico.