Best of Getaway funny signs: shopping in Africa

Posted on 23 November 2012

It’s amazing how many people go to considerable lengths to tell other people wacky things on boards – and often get the message so delightfully wrong doing it. Hundreds of these memorable signs have been spotted, photographed, and sent in by Getaway readers as they journey through these hilarious, poignant, silly, ridiculous and often bewildering signs.

Getaway magazine looks back over the twenty-odd years of publishing to bring you this Best of Getaway Funny Signs collection. This definitely doesn’t mean that these funny signs have all been seen before. In recent years travel has become easier and more and more Getaway readers have explored an ever-increasing footprint across the planet, meaning the repertoire of funny signs pictures have grown to include some never-seen-before corkers.

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Here is a selection of the funniest shopping signs spotted around Africa

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There’s nothing a good fringe can’t fix. This photos was taken outside Mokopane by Charlene Smit.


No need to lose your head, just keep looking. Sign found in Thokozisa in Central Drakensberg by Vicci du Plessis.



This farmstore near Napier achieved its objectives with its sings – untranslatable – which change regularly. For people who don’t read Afrikaans, take it from us that honger, moerig and gatvol aren’t three of the seven dwarfs. Photos by Careen de Villiers, Marina van Resnburg and Johan Verwey.



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OMG… but Michelle Trachsel assures us it’s the name of a soda in Windhoek.


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Of you laughed at the breast-feedin sign, say Andy Dott, check the sign behind to see how they do metalwork.


You can win a copy of Best of Getaway funny signs by submitting your own funny roadside signs. Click here to find out more.

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