Shopping can be a highlight while visiting the Tzaneen area, as guests will have the opportunity to explore and choose between an array of upmarket shopping malls, smaller dealers who sells interesting local products, farm stalls, nurseries, coffee shops, art studios as well as informal traders and street vendors who always have a good deal on offer.
Local banks are open on Mondays to Fridays, from 09h00 - 16h00, and on Saturday from 08h30 - 11h00.
Automated teller machines are found in all main shopping centers. Most credit cards are accepted in South Africa - Visa, Master, Diners Club and American Express.
It is recommended to check which cards are accepted when making a reservation.
A 24-hour foreign exchange service is widely available at commercial banks in the larger centers.
Our monetary unit is the South African Rand (R)
In most cases gratuity is not included in the final bill, and gratuities for good service are most welcome. Usually they are divided between all staff. Many guests also tip porters separately. In restaurants tipping is 10% to 20% depending on the quality of service delivered.
Operational hours for main stream shops and businesses are between 9h00 – 17h00 from Mondays to Fridays and Saturday mornings from 9h00 – 14h00. Most large shopping malls and complexes in the cities and towns are usually open for longer periods.
Visitors to South Africa are not exempt from paying VAT on purchased items. However, tourists can claim back the VAT paid on items taken out of the country with a total value exceeding R250.00. The VAT can be claimed at airports of departure, and custom offices. Visitors should present the following documents at VAT Refund Administration offices and Customs offices: original tax invoices, a VAT refund control sheet and foreign passport together with all items on which VAT is being re-claimed.
Larger malls includes the Tzaneng Mall, Tzaneen Crossing, Joseph Costa Centre in the Tzaneen CBD, and then the newly developed Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre situated on the northern outskirts, when entering the town on the R71 road.
The Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre boasts a large supermarket, fruit and vegetable super store, liquor outlets, take away food shops, clothing, sport, lifestyle, interior, hairdressers, a chemist and a stationary store as well as restaurants.
The climate in the Tzaneen area is well suited to the propagation of seedlings and a wide variety of sub-tropical shrubs, trees and ornamental plants. There are many roadside nurseries and farm stalls with a number of them offering restaurant facilities and other opportunities for relaxation. In addition to the large variety of sub-tropical plants there is a plentiful supply of local fresh produce and curios available.