Dotted across the endless floodplains of the Okavango Delta are thousands of termite mounds. These distinct landforms are the origins of nearly all islands within this pristine wetland. In a landscape that is remarkably flat, these mounds form the perfect lookout point for “The Sentinel.” This is a member of a baboon troop that perches aloft a termite mound surveying the floodplains for the ever-present threat of predators that roam freely across this land.
Our traditional copper pot still overlooks the Tsutsubega floodplain where the sand and papyrus filtered waters pay homage to the thousand-mile meander from the Okavango’s origins in the highlands of central Angola. Forests of Mopane trees surround the Delta which provides a nutritious lifeline for Botswana’s elephants. Hidden within her seedpod is a secret we discovered by chance, fragrant and bold trace elements that resemble the core flavour of all gins, juniper.
Our blend of organically refined Okavango Water and the subtle elements of the Mopane seed fuse together to form the fingerprint of our contemporary gin; an earthy, pure, dry and rustic African charm. Pula!
Now we have the story; and we have the gin. What we needed was a ritual to continuously re-connect people with nature: not once, not only while in Africa or on safari, but each and every day. Enter, the Okavango Gin Sundowner.
The Okavango is the perfect tasting room, be it in a luxury lodge or from the back of a safari vehicle, where we share the life-changing experience of an Okavango Gin Sundowner in the wilds of Africa. This local tradition is a beautiful ritual that transcends beyond the here and now, to everyday living, giving one a reason to stop, to contemplate, and to celebrate.
Celebrate the day.
Celebrate the sunset.
Celebrate our wild places.
Celebrate life-changing experiences.
with an Okavango Gin.
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Historically fed by waters of the Okavango, the Makgadikagdi salt pans once formed a giant paleolake, whose ancient silcrete sediments stores above it an abundance of pure prehistoric water: a lifeline to the landscape above. Today, these dry salt pans transition into productive woodlands dominated by Marula trees that produce ample fruit in late summer. Baboons, on a never ending forage, wander far and wide in search of this nutritious treat.
Nestled within these woodlands lies the village of Gweta. The women here brew traditional beer “Bojalwa ja Morula” made from the Marula fruit using an age old technique. After sun ripening they add pulp and seed to spring water for the brewing process, before finally straining the beer through hand woven grass sieves. This is used for the initial distillation of this Marula Gin.
The Forager is a seasonal limited batch gin. Once brewed in the Kalahari Desert and twice distilled in the Okavango Delta. A blend of pure Okavango water, coupled with the robust citrus notes of the Marula fruit and the distinct fingerprint flavour of the Mopane seed, create this vibrant, contemporary gin.