The fruit of the African Marula tree

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEA­TURE -

You too have seen one of the ele­phants from Camp Jab­u­lani. Well, you have if you’ve ever en­joyed an Amarula sun­downer. OK, so you might not ac­tu­ally have seen him. But you’ve def­i­nitely seen a pic­ture of him. You see, Se­bakwe, the bull ele­phant of the herd, is syn­ony­mous with not just the area in South Africa where the Marula fruit orig­i­nates, but it is ac­tu­ally a pic­ture of him adorn­ing the la­bel of ev­ery bot­tle of Amarula. On Satur­day morn­ing af­ter break­fast, we headed out to Pha­l­aborwa to see the Amarula Lapa where we were able to wit­ness the har­vest process of the marula fruit (used to make the Amarula Cream liqueur) and visit a marula fruit col­lec­tion point. With the sea­son nearly at its end we were lucky to see the last few trucks ar­rive at the plant and watch the fruit be­ing pro­cessed be­fore the long drive to the Cape for fer­men­ta­tion. The Amarula Trust has been spon­sor­ing the Amarula Ele­phant Re­search Pro­gramme (AERP) since 2002. Headed by Pro­fes­sor Rob Slo­tow of UKZN, the project ex­plores ele­phant be­hav­iour as the ba­sis for con­ser­va­tion and

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