If you have ever arrived too early at an airport, I’m sure you will share my enthusiasm for duty free shops. I usually try and compile a short list of what I have to get, and a much longer mental list of what I want!
OR Tambo International boasts 54 shops in total, more than enough to get rid of the last bit of holiday cash. If you dropped your camera in the sea or river, this would be the best place to get a replacement! The electronics are really very affordable, especially the cameras. The Nikon D7000 is currently one of the “Products of the Month”. You can also snap up some last minute gifts for friends and family. I would be hard pressed to refuse a box of Ferrero Rocher. For a complete rundown of all the shops, visit SA Duty Free retailers.
Cape Town International has about 20 shops with a great view of the runways. I have been here quite a few times. I love spending ages in Exclusive Books and then plonk down with a strong cup of coffee at Illy to watch the airplanes take off.
King Shaka International won’t leave you hungry and the trusty Big Five Duty Free shop which features at the above airports too, will keep you entertained (and out of pocket) for quite some time! You will be able to pick up some truly exclusive items, such as a bottle of Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve 1973 Malt Scotch Whisky or some colourful Mitone speakers. Remember to have your flight ticket handy when shopping and be sure you are aware of the Global Liquid Ban Regulations (LAGS) before you buy that 100 year old, single malt whisky.
To make things even easier, customers are now able to place their orders for products online and collect them from pick up points (usually the Big Five Duty Free shop) within duty free.
by Chelna Mare