Kruger products are a great way to take home memories from your safari. All the main rest camps in Kruger National Park have general stores that sell a lovely range of souvenirs for all tastes to remember your trip by.
On our website, we’re showcasing some beautiful safari and South African themed souvenirs. This is for our readers who cannot be on safari in Kruger National Park right now, but want to look at souvenirs (none of the Kruger Park shops sell online).
All the items we’ve selected are from Etsy, an online marketplace for hand crafters and makers, and all items are sold by people in South Africa. Many of the shops have interesting stories and are real supporters of local craft and charity. Delving into each shop will give you information on each crafter’s unique drive and background.
Interior of Africa
Interior of Africa shop on Etsy with their eye-catching display of handcarved ostrich eggshell lamps and African art.
ZuluBeads shop on Etsy, by Irene Ada, who is passionate about crafting traditional accessories with liberal doses of classic African colours. Featured items: green beaded jewellery set, Ndebele dolls and beaded bangles.
Hadeda shop on Etsy.
African Creative, inspired African design shop on Etsy.
Southern Tribe Jewelry
Southern Tribe Jewelry shop on Etsy making modern tribal jewelry and barefoot sandals from Africa.
Great Gift Ideas
There’s a range of guinea fowl tableware, like platters and bowls, decorated with bright, natural, typically African colours with lovely spotted guinea fowl feature accents.
Although they don’t belong to a series, you can also buy wooden salad servers with guinea fowls carved into the ends of the handles.
Continuing with the tableware theme, Wedgwood has a series of Kruger National Park fine bone china. It’s possible to get reproduction pieces from this series, but the originals are collectors’ items.
African-themed copper jewellery is attractive and more subtle than some of the other strongly branded curios. We personally find the more subtle products end up being used more and make better gifts, particularly when the person you’re buying the gift for hasn’t been to the game reserve.
African-themed linens, such as place mats and serviettes, with colourful or nature-inspired patterns make great gifts.
Kruger National Park branded t-shirts and other clothing is available in the bigger rest camps.
To make the most of your trip to Kruger you’ll need to get a map. The map is itself a good souvenir of Kruger National Park as you can show and tell your friends where you went. A good Kruger guide book should also contain a detailed map along with a whole host of other useful information.
If you need to ship your souvenir overseas, the souvenir stores can arrange that too. Large wooden giraffes are very popular items that a lot of tourists buy. They do take up quite a bit of room in a car though and make for ideal items to be shipped internationally, rather than carted around for the rest of your South African holiday!
Whatever Kruger products you decide to buy, they’ll be an everlasting reminder of your safari.