Amarula is a kind of alcoholic drink which is produced from the fruit named Marula. This fruit contains around 4 times more Vitamin C than an average orange.
The Marula Trees grow in a specific climate which can be found in Phalaborwa, and the Limpopo Province. Due to the hot climate all year round.
If you are fortunate enough to visit Phalaborwa, it is definitely worth a visit to the Amarula Lapa to witness the farming and production of the Amarula Liquor.
Once you arrive at the Amarula Lapa, you are welcomed by the friendly staff who are all specially trained in the whole process from start to finish of the Marula fruit as it is prepared into the Amarula we know and love that is found in all major Supermarkets.
After being greeted you will be taken around the facility and shown how they farm the Marula fruits. The process itself is very educating and you learn why Phalaborwa is the only place these particular trees grow so well.
The next step of the process is the cleanse of the fruits and how they collect the vital parts of the fruits whilst separating additional parts of the fruit into different aspects of the business.
Once you have finished the tour of the warehouse and production line, you will then be taken back to the main reception where you will watch a video about Amarula as you sit back and enjoy a nice cold Amarula with ice. What more could you ask for?
One of the great things about Amarula, is the fact that they give back to the local area by paying locals to help collect the fruits. On top of this various other aspects of the fruit are used for different purposes, such as beauty products and various other health products ensuring there is no waste at all.
Currently (time of writing) the tour itself is free of charge however it is recommended to tip the staff who have taken the time out to educate you on the experience.
At the end of the tour you will also be shown the curiosity store where you can purchase various Marula based products and merchandise. The money for this goes back into funding the educational project.
The tour itself is not a long experience and can be seen in approximately an hour and a half, giving you plenty of time to book other tours during the day. At peak times it is recommended to book, although often you can just turn up on the day to experience the tour itself.
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