Indlovu Gin

An innovative premium gin for the adventurous spirit and the discerning gin collector.

The only gin designed by the African elephant from foraged botanicals, uncover the true taste of Africa in every glass.

The gin is smooth, complex with earthy flavours and so good all you need is a glass and ice.

Indlovu Gin

An innovative premium gin for the adventurous spirit and the discerning gin collector.

The only gin designed by the African elephant from foraged botanicals, uncover the true taste of Africa in every glass.

The gin is smooth, complex with earthy flavours and so good all you need is a glass and ice.

This is an exclusive gin for the person who loves the spirit of Africa – the freedom, the sunsets, the textures and the flavours of the African bush.

The Ibhu brand is founded in the spirit of innovation, and Indlovu is our gin under that brand. Indlovu gin is made using multiple flavouring runs.

The essential ingredients in Indlovu gin are derived from elephant dung that is washed and dried. The extracted botanicals are then infused into the gin, which provides unique African flavours.

Provenance

With help from the elephants of Botlierskop Game Reserve, we produced our first batch of Africa’s Original Elephant Dung Gin – Indlovu Gin.

Being able to trace provenance is important because Indlovu gin will have vintages (similar to wine). Depending on the locale where and season during which the dung is collected the botanicals will vary, which will infuse different flavours.

The provenance of each bottle of our gin can be traced by the lot number, which is made up of 2 parts.

Lot No.: 34S22E
43277

The first part is the coordinates of the game reserve where the dung was collected e.g. 38S22E which is Botlierskop Game Reserve and the second is the date on which the dung collected e.g. 43277, which is number of days since 1899-12-30. In the case of the first batch, this translates to 2018-06-26.

Provenance

With help from the elephants of Botlierskop Game Reserve, we produced our first batch of Africa’s Original Elephant Dung Gin – Indlovu Gin.

Being able to trace provenance is important because Indlovu gin will have vintages (similar to wine). Depending on the locale where and season during which the dung was collected the botanicals will vary, which will infuse different flavours.

The provenance of each bottle of our gin can be traced by the lot number, which is made up of 2 parts.

Lot No.: 34S22E
43277

The first part is the coordinates of the game reserve where the dung was collected e.g. 38S22E which is Botlierskop Game Reserve and the second is the date on which the dung collected e.g. 43277, which is number of days since 1899-12-30. In the case of the first batch, this translates to 2018-06-26.

Why drink Indlovu gin?

  • A match made in Safari-heaven! We at Indlovu River Lodge were very fortunate to meet Les and Paula from Indlovu Gin. They presented us with a beautiful Gin tasting and chocolate pairing, on a gorgeous evening at Strand Beach Lodge. We loved Indlovu Gin so much, and the story behind it even more. So, that we have decided to partner up with them, and present a gin tasting on our game drives at Indlovu River Lodge. We can not wait for this journey to start, and cheers to many more adventures to follow!

    Indlovu River Lodge

    Private Game Lodge in Karongwe Game Reserve
  • It is a full-bodied highly aromatic gin with grassy earthy notes. It is good with Indian Tonic, but it is even better sipped neat with chocolate or coffee on the side ... one of my top 3 South African gin discoveries in 2018.

    Surita @ Ginned Up

    Gin blogger
  • By far my favourite gin.

    What I love about this gin is its unique taste, batch to batch. Unlike the usual mass produced churn out gins, there's a subtle difference in every bottle I've tasted so far.

    It had such subtle flavours but they still stand up to a more robust tonic. My recommendation is a double Indlovu with half and half Schweppes and Fever Tree Clementine.

    Chris H.

  • As a whisky lover I was particularly surprised and impressed by the richness of flavour. It can easily be drunk with ice only. Beautiful unusual colour. Have tried it with tonic as well and mixes great - just added lemon.
    I can recommend it to gin and whisky lovers out there 🙂

    Ronelle L.

  • Been a G'nT person for a long time and was starting to wonder what all the fuss was about with these craft guns in SA ... then I tasted Ibhu from Indlovu Gin. Awesome flavour, rich and complex, love it! And the conservation angle is the bonus on top!

    Fiona P

We have crafted an exclusive gin that encapsulates the essence of Africa

My name is Les Ansley and, together with my wife Paula have jumped into the world of gin.

We recently moved the family back to South Africa after spending 15 years in the UK. We felt South Africa offered both in terms of enterprise and also being able to make a difference.

My name is Les Ansley and, together with my wife Paula have jumped into the world of gin.

We recently moved the family back to South Africa after spending 15 years in the UK. We felt South Africa offered both in terms of enterprise and also being able to make a difference.

Shortly after we arrived Paula had an opportunity to go to Kenya on safari and it was while she was sipping a G&T while watching a herd of elephants listening to the guide explain how particular elephants are in their browsing habits and yet how little of the plant material they actually digest that she had this crazy idea …

… would it be possible to make elephant dung gin?

… would it be possible to make elephant dung gin?

Shortly after we arrived Paula had an opportunity to go to Kenya on safari and it was while she was sipping a G&T while watching a herd of elephants listening to the guide explain how particular elephants are in their browsing habits and yet how little of the plant material they actually digest that she had this crazy idea …

So we did

That is how Indlovu gin was born – a gin made in Africa … designed by elephants.‘Indlovu’ is the word for elephant in several African languages and we use the foraging habits of the world’s largest land animals to select the botanicals used in the ginning process.

So we did

That is how Indlovu gin was born – a gin made in Africa … designed by elephants.‘Indlovu’ is the word for elephant in several African languages and we use the foraging habits of the world’s largest land animals to select the botanicals used in the ginning process.

We felt that it was important that the brand is underpinned by a strong conservation message. So 15% of the profits from the sale of the gin will be donated to the Africa Foundation to support their work in wildlife conservation.

As part of our commitment to South Africa we are also very excited that we have been awarded Proudly South African status.

As part of our commitment to South Africa we are also very excited that we have been awarded Proudly South African status.

Frequently asked questions

Why the botanicals from the dung? Does the digestive process contribute anything to the taste of the gin? Could you not rather have sourced the fresh botanicals instead of getting it from the dung?

The original idea for elephant dung gin came from marrying the love of Africa and its wildlife with the love of gin. We are both scientists—and therefore inclined towards novel ideas and problem solving—so when Paula had the idea we really wanted to see whether it would actually be possible. The more we explored the concept the more it opened up and the more excited we became. It is possible that the digestive process does contribute to the flavouring (similar to the elephant dung coffee) but it would be difficult to say conclusively. However, what we are very excited about, and what we would not achieve if we sourced the fresh botanicals, is Indlovu gin vintages. Because botanicals available for the elephants to forage are going to change depending on the season, climate and location we expect very distinct flavours depending on when and where the elephant dung used in the gin is harvested. The provenance of each run it captured in its Lot No. Currently 34S22E43277. To break this down, 34S22E are the coordinates of the reserve where the elephants’ dung was collected (Botlierskop Private Game Reserve) and 43277 is the date (in days from 1899-12-31) that the dung was collected. Regarding the botanicals, aside from the usual suspects (Juniper, Angelica, Orris Root, Coriander and citrus) the botanicals include Buccu (Agathosma crenulata), Aloe (Aloe ferox), Acacia (Acacia mearnsii), Guarii (Euclea undulata) and Erica (Erica coccinea) (which are the elephants’ favourite foods).
Another very inspiring aspect of using elephant dung is our tie-in with Africa Foundation. This creates an amazing virtuous circle by which the elephants ‘contribute’ to funding conservation projects that impact the welfare of the elephants.

How is the dung cleaned?

We take the cleansing process very seriously. There are five steps involved in the preparation process:

  • Collecting
  • Sterilising
  • Rinsing
  • Drying
  • Storing

Fresh dung from naturally foraging elephants is collected. The collected dung is dried, crumbled and then—in accordance with a prescribed method for sterilising grey/borehole water in South Africa for human consumption—the dung is immersed in a sterilising fluid that kills 99.9% of bacteria, fungi, spores, viruses. The sterilised dung is thoroughly rinsed, dried and stored in breathable sacks until use. The processed dung is stored away from the fresh dung to prevent any cross-contamination. No sterilised dung returns to the area of preliminary dung preparation.
There are numerous studies that show that an alcohol solution between 40-70% is very effective in killing bacteria. (A fun article to read is Booze as disinfectant.) Therefore the direct infusion of the dung that occurs in one of the flavouring runs acts as an additional step in the cleansing process. During the bottling process the gin passes through a micro-filter and finally, a sample from each batch of gin is sent for laboratory analysis to ensure that it meets the stringent standards of potability.

How do you suggest Indlovu gin is enjoyed?

Our gin can be enjoyed in the usual G&T manner but we think that the taste and mouth texture of the gin lends itself towards a cognac-type experience. The earthy flavours complement coffee and dark chocolate. So a neat gin sipped with espresso and enjoyed with dark after-dinner chocolate perfectly rounds off a meal. Of course, the gin can be enjoyed in the more traditional sense of mixers at sundown. But again here we would be hesitant to recommend a flavoured or sugary tonic as this detracts from the rounded flavour of the gin.

Where is the gin distilled?

The creation of Indlovu Gin from conception to consumption has been under the tutelage of the internationally renowned craft gin master – Roger Jorgensen. The base gin is distilled by Oude Molen Distillers in South Africa and the additional flavouring runs where we infuse with the elephant- selected botanicals are overseen by Roger Jorgensen in Stellenbosch.

Are you planning more gins under the Ibhu brand?

We most certainly are. Watch this space.

Are you planning to export?

We most certainly are and are in the process of exploring overseas opportunities. Please contact us if you know of any.

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