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Handcrafted award-winning gin dedicated to conservation

With every sip of Guardian African Gin, you are protecting South Africa’s natural resources and taking a stand for conservation. This craft gin is one with a mission … a Guardian of Nature, it gives back to make the world a better place.

The gin, already an award winner, is crafted in small batches in a boutique distillery in White River, a 30 minutes’ drive from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Driven by a quest for authenticity and provenance, only botanicals local to the Lowveld distillery, such as juniper, baobab, spekboom, orange and lemon zest, are wild harvested to craft a most flavourful gin in a “London Dry Gin” style.

Master distiller Tanya Cruse, who grew up in Kruger National Park’s Skukuza camp, and her business partner Patrick Siebel, a safari man originally from White River, share a deep passion for conservation of our natural resources. This passion led them to form a strategic partnership with South African National Parks. 10 per cent of each Guardian Gin bought helps SANParks protect our endangered rhino, lions, elephants, wild dogs as well as abalone along our coastlines. This donation also goes a long way to help activate local communities, educate our youth, and preserve our rich cultural heritage.

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The green colour of the packaging pays tribute to SANParks conservation initiatives, the gold logo depicts kudu horns and foliage, the Latin motto Custos Naturae translates as Guardian of Nature, and the striking imagery enveloping the box, beautifully sketched by a local Lowveld artist, Libby Bell, showcases majestic African wildlife and the mighty baobab tree. In addition to a 750ml bottle of Guardian African Gin, a surprise package of botanical salts is also enclosed in the box, containing the Gin’s raw botanicals, in the same ratio as the Gin. An easy garnish, sprinkle the botanicals in your Gin and intensify the flavours of the Gin.

There is so much to love about Guardian African Gin, a handcrafted award-winning gin with a purpose – a dedication to conservation, a gin with provenance – one sip or one glance at the packaging and you are immediately transported to the heart of the African bush.

If you’d like to learn a little more on how Guardian African Gin was created, watch this IGTV interview between Dean Horwitz of @instaeatscapetown and Patrick Siebel of @guardiangin at https://www.instagram.com/p/CGkZvx2nGIt/

You’ll find Guardian African Gin online at  https://guardiangin.co.za/shop/ (free delivery), at Takealot.com, at select liquor stores and at the SANParks Rest Camp stores, for R455 for the gin, or R495 for the gin with box and botanical salts R495. Details: guardiangin.co.za or on Facebook and Instagram (guardiangin)

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