Preferred Shopping Partners
The best memento from your trip has a story to tell. Be sure your purchases are unique, locally made and long lasting. And Vantage's local trip partners will steer you in the right direction. Here's how:
- All Shops are hand-picked by Vantage experts, ensuring you a quality experience
- We negotiate Vantage-only discounts and special customer service assistance on your behalf
- Ease of Shopping with English-speaking merchants so nothing gets lost in translation
- We give preference to merchants who make it easy for you to ship and receive items back home
Vantage has every confidence in the merchants we select for our Preferred Shopping Partners program. Our shops guarantee your satisfaction with any item you purchase — and in the very unlikely event that you have a problem with a purchase, we'll stand by that guarantee and assist you in resolving the issue.
As a tour company, it is our goal to ensure our team delivers the best buys in the best shops delivering safe and secure purchases. So come prepared with your color swatches and with carpet and clothing sizes converted to local measurements — and your mementos will be telling their stories for years to come.
Shimansky (Cape Town Extension Only)
The Clock Tower - Cape Town 1st Floor, The Clock Tower, V & A Waterfront,
Tel: +27 (21) 421-2788
A jewel of an experience... Shimansky prides itself on offering a unique and unforgettable jewelry and diamond experience at their flagship showroom and workshop in the Clock Tower in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. Personalized workshop tours allow you to witness unique and exceptional jewelry masterpieces taking shape in front of your eyes, as well as to learn more about South Africa's most famous precious gem — the diamond. Shimansky's specialized on-site Diamond Cutting Works includes advanced diamond-cutting and polishing technology. Here Vantage travelers are able to witness the A to Z of diamond-cutting and polishing, and also learn more about the science of diamonds and how they are mined. Enhancing your Shimansky Experience is a chance to visit the Shimansky Diamond Museum, which provides informative audiovisual presentations in the mini-auditorium, fine South African wine, complimentary coffee and even a chance to surf the Internet. For the first time ever ,visitors to South Africa have the extraordinary opportunity to experience Cape Town's first and only diamond museum while visiting the Shimansky headquarters. The museum gives visitors the chance to walk through the history and impressive science behind this captivating stone, making it observably clear why it has granted South Africa unlimited but justified bragging rights as the source of some of the world's most beautiful diamonds. Here, visitors will become instant diamond aficionados as they are taken through not only the history of South African diamonds, but also introduced to the many famous people that were influential in its international success and recognition. Along with the many famous faces, the museum also pays homage to the world's most famous South African diamonds, including the Hope Diamond, the Taylor Burton, the 530.20 carat Cullinan I and the Star of Africa, some the largest cut diamonds in the world. Replicas of all the famous South African diamonds are on display in the museum, and adds color to the rich South African history represented here.
Afrogem Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry (Cape Town Extension Only)
181 Buitengracht Street
011+ 27 21 424 0848
Afrogem invites you to visit their workshop, which is the oldest producer of hand-cut tiger-eye gemstones in South Africa. Take a guided tour around the factory, where you will see gemstones cut, polished, and set. A final stopover is the shop where you can make accessory and jewelry purchases to suit every pocket. You’ll learn the intricate processes of fashioning semi-precious stones into jewelry and sought-after ornamental pieces. Observe our craftsmen setting diamonds and semi-precious gemstones into elegant and attractive jewelry. You will be able to view the prized range of jewelry, sophisticated ornaments, and crafts produced in the factory from gemstones found on the African continent, as well as from other parts of the world. Afrogem has a wide range of unset tanzanites, diamonds and gemstones. Should you wish to design your individual piece of jewelry, their knowledgeable staff will assist and your jewelry can then be custom-made within 24 to 36 hours for your convenience.