It's only natural that a holiday in South Africa ends with having to buy an additional suitcase to cart home all of your new purchases. From distinctive arts and crafts to colourful clothing and rare jewels, shopping in Cape Town is hard to resist. The markets in particular are the best places to head to pick up something original and to get a taste for local life. The Pan African Market is best for folk art, beading, Victorian tiling, antiques and custom-tailored garments, while the popular Greenmarket Square is where you can choose from a full range of arts, crafts and CDs of local music. Browse the stalls, barter down a good price and bring home something to remember your Cape Town holiday by.

Serious shoppers will know that Africa is the place to buy unique jewellery and precious gemstones. In Cape Town there are a number of hotspots to pick up a show-stopping piece. Contemporary jewellery-lovers will be spoilt for choice with the sleek jewellery boutiques that line the V&A Waterfront. If you're just up for browsing, head to Jewellery Avenue, located in the heart of the city, where you can spy anything from rare diamonds to African tribal inspired pieces.

Want to see more bling? Take a tour of the Gold of African Museum and marvel at the world's largest collection of African gold objects.

Cape Town Airport (CPT)

Flights from Australia to Cape Town will disembark at Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is Africa's third largest airport and the second busiest in South Africa. Originally referred to as DF Malan Airport, Cape Town Airport is a hub for South African Airways and a major gateway for tourists travelling to South Africa.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Cape Town International Airport. Book your Cape Town Airport accommodation.

Getting to Cape Town

There are several airlines that offer flights to Cape Town from Australia. Flights from Sydney via Johannesburg take between 18 and 20 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Melbourne and Brisbane via Sydney and Johannesburg take between 21 and 23 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Johannesburg take between 14 and 16 hours depending on the stopover.

Airlines that fly to Cape Town

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Cape Town from Australia include:

For more information on Cape Town holidays check out our Cape Town travel guide.

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