Tucked away on an unprepossessing retail estate, Amatuli is a treasure trove of predominantly African curios, art and homewares.
On the edge of Sandton, Kramerville touts itself as the leading design precinct of Johannesburg. Amongst the showrooms of interiors, fabrics and ceramics, Amatuli is an exciting delight.
Visitors are met first with the colourful West African signs of Milk Bar at the entrance to the emporium. The eclectic eatery offers juices, coffees and light bites, and for an utterly leisurely pit-stop, it even boats a chesterfield sofa complete with open fireplace.
Push through the wooden doors into Amatuli proper and enter a world packed to the rafters with interesting objects. Each one has a story, and every purchase here is original, handcrafted or created with skills long forgotten.
The owners are adventurous travellers, who “climb mountains, trek along rocky trails and wander through markets from Marrakesh to Mumbai.” Their passion for adventure is tangible and has so far filled three floors with their ever-changing finds, from antique beads and Zulu baskets to glass lanterns and even Mokoro canoes.
For an afternoon’s immersion in African crafts and culture, Amatuli takes visitors on a whirlwind trip around the continent through curios alone. The highlight of the trip? Selecting a piece of treasure to bring back home, where you can tell its story to family and friends, and add another chapter to its history yourself.
Guests staying at the Saxon should contact the Concierge who would be delighted to help arrange a visit to Amatuli.
Tel: +27 (0)11 292 6000