The 50 years old Victory Muthi Shop is a traditional muti or medicine shop, described as the "The King of Muti, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies". There're over 1 900 dried herbs in the shop, prescribed by inyangas or traditional healers. A part from selling strong and effective African herbal medicines, there're a lot more interesting things to buy: tyre sandals, walking sticks, assegais, knobkerries, bead necklaces, Zulu pots and drums. You can make an appointment with a sangoma, who will throw the bones for you, and give you valuable advice.
Owned by Victory Kintu, the third generation of his family to go into the herbal medicine business after his grandfather and mother, the store has moved premises a number of times.
The medical part, as Victory explains it, refers to a lot of the same medicine you can get at your local pharmacy, except in its raw form. When I ask for an example, he cites the 'African Potato' which, he says, works as a treatment for arthritis.
"It actually helps you to endure the pain and, you know, straighten out the bones and stuff."
What? The Victory Muthi Shop
Where? 1226 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028
Why? Why? Because even if you're not ready to try and cure yourself the herbal way, this place is worth a visit just to see.