Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Limpopo

You are only moments away

SSince Amarula Cream’s inception as a cream liqueur in 1989, this exotic, creamy spirit has become South Africa’s most widely distributed alcoholic beverage. Sold in over 100 countries, Amarula can be enjoyed on its own, poured over ice, shaken into numerous cocktails, or be the secret ingredient in desserts and cuisine.

Amarula Cream is a South African success story. Sweet, creamy, and vibrantly fruity on the palate, with notes of caramel, peppery spice and a hint of citrus, it has an irresistible taste, which will leave you wanting more.

The fruit that provides Amarula liqueur with its unique flavour comes from the marula tree (Scelerocarya birrea). Tall and leafy, marula trees grow wild across sub-Saharan Africa. The trees are a popular place for traditional tribal gatherings and “lekgotlas” (meetings), and many important decisions have been made in the shade of this mighty African tree. The bark of the marula tree is said to have healing properties, and the kernels produce oil that is a good anti-oxidant and is used in creams and lotions.

Did You Know?
TThe Amarula Trust, a not-for-profit company, supports the Amarula Elephant Research Project and promotes community upliftment.

OOnly the female marula tree bears fruit. By mid-February, the yellow-skinned, white-fleshed fruits are ripe for plucking. Many wild animals, but especially elephants, are crazy about the succulent, nutritious fruit. They’ve been known to ram the tree to dislodge their favourite snack if none has fallen to the ground.

Amarula, Limpopo

Food
When to visit
How to get here

AA single tree can yield between 500kg and two tons of fruit. Between the pachyderms and the rural communities in and around the town of Phalaborwa in Limpopo who earn a living by harvesting the fruit, there’s plenty to go around at harvest time, from late January to March.

Like wine grapes, the marula fruit is hand-harvested. The fruit is crushed from the kernel, and the flesh separated from the skins before being fermented in the same way that pressed grapes are fermented to make wine. This is then double distilled and matured in small oak casks for two years before being blended with fresh cream.

It’s not only the flavour but also the folklore surrounding Amarula that adds to the marula fruit liqueur’s appeal. Though the belief that elephants purposely seek out the fermented marula fruits, and become “drunk” from them is only a fun myth, the marula tree is truly the stuff of legends.

TTravellers (both local and international) who want to learn more can visit the Amarula Lapa just outside of Phalaborwa, where they can find out about the origins of Amarula and buy a few extra bottles for friends back home.

Its oil-rich kernel is called the “food of kings”, its fruit is sky-high in Vitamin C, and locals believe it is known as “The Marriage Tree” in Zulu culture, as it is believed that those who marry beneath its branches will enjoy vigour and fertility all their days.

Who to contact
Tours to do
What will it cost
What to eat
What's happening

Related articles

Bapedi history, traditions, culture and food

Bapedi history, traditions, culture and food

The Bapedi tribe (also known as Pedi and Basotho) arose from small chiefdoms that were formed before the 17th century.

Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Venda culture

Venda culture

Venda culture and traditions are rooted in the responsibilities of the royal leaders, who are referred to as mahosi or vhamusanda in the Luvenda language, which means chiefs or traditional leaders who are royal leaders.

African ancestors

African ancestors

African ancestors continue to give Africans a shared and personal sense of self-affirmation, identity and unfettered belonging.

Zulu cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Zulu cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Zulu cuisine is still very much influenced by tradition and its celebration of history and a commitment to culture.

Traditional African food in South Africa

Traditional African food in South Africa

The food story of South Africa.

The culture of Basotho: history, people, clothing and food

The culture of Basotho: history, people, clothing and food

As a nation that boasts about its rich culture, the Basotho can trace their origins to the pre-historic age.

Culture and expression of identity: The Ndebele of South Africa

Culture and expression of identity: The Ndebele of South Africa

The Ndebele of South Africa constitute one group of people whose identity has survived precarious conditions and existential crisis under the weight of changing power dynamics of internal and external factors from pre-colonial to present times.

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2019 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy