Southern Africa is often considered the gemstone treasure chest of the world as almost half of the Earth's gemstones are found in this region.
While in Cape Town, why don't you take the opportunity to discover this wealth and beauty firsthand.
At the Scratch Patches at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, enjoy hunting through hundreds of thousands of polished gemstones that literally cover the floor to find the ones you fancy.
At the Mineral World gemstones shops, find a treasure ... from one-of-a-kind gemstone masterpieces to very reasonably-priced jewellery and gift items.
At Simon's Town you can also visit Topstones - the world's largest gemstone tumbling factory - and see how rough stone is polished.
Where to Stay
Cape Town Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the Peninsula.
See also Cape Town Things to Do for various other activities.