The Company’s History
Africa Silks, the company opened in 1999 but started many years before.Ronel Swart, the owner of Africa Silks started her journey with silk in the early 90’s. She initially started working with silk worms together with the South African Government as a job creation initiative.
The government eventually decided that the project used too much resources and closed it down.
As the livelihood of many people depended upon this project, including Ronel’s she took it upon herself to build from this experience.Ronel knew that without expertise and knowledge of rearing silk worms the project would be impossible to get off the ground.Ronel travelled to Taiwan to learn more about silk. She returned to South Africa with a renewed sense of hope and enthusiasm to build the business.
Africa Silks born
A small showroom and weavery was opened in Graskop. Ronel soon realised that it would be too costly to import the silk needed to make products from the Eastern countries.
A silk farm was opened; different methods on how to rear silk worms successfully were being experimented with. Through much trial and error she found a combination of techniques that worked well together.
After a few years the demand for more silk was apparant, thus the silk farm was expanded to produce more silk.
The silk farm is open to the public where insightful tours and silk worm viewing is part of a 45 minute experience.
As everything else, the demand of South-African reared silk grew with the trend of natural and healthy produce.
Tourism has always been an essential part of the survival of Africa Silks and we value the support of all local and international clients.
To contact us directly please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Guided tours daily
Africa Silks Farm is open for the public 7 days a week. Our tours run from 8:00-15:00 and there is no need to book in advance for groups smaller than 10 people.
Groups larger than 10 must please book in advance so that preparation can be made before hand.
Bookings Tel: (013)767 1665
- Adults R95
- Children(over 5) R65
- Pensioners R75
- School Groups(10+) R40
- School Groups(40+) R65
- 2 Teachers free per booking
Open every day from 7:30 to 20:30 serving all day breakfasts, light meals, cakes, milkshakes and traditional, homemade ginger beer!
Serves refreshments and meals from 8:00 to 18:00 (Evening times depends on seasonal demand).
Tsanana Log Cabins
Tsanana Log Cabins are situated on the only working Silk Farm in South Africa. Set in the picturesque Mpumalanga province, 23km outside Graskop, in the shadows of “God’s Window”. Log Cabin 1 has its own Jacuzzi among the trees, while the Good Friends & Family Log Cabin (Cabin 2/3) also has an undercover Jacuzzi and braai area next to the cabin. Log Cabin 4 has an undercover spa bath and braai area.
Mulberry Lane Suites
The understated elegance and charm provide the perfect feel for a romantic getaway. The décor is fresh and sophisticated and the air-conditioned suites offer a truly idyllic and indulgent experience.
The suites are all decorated with luxurious handwoven silks from our silk weavery. Each unit has a private spa bath, magnificent views, secluded positioning and are fully serviced. Revitalise your soul and spirit, leave the city life behind and escape to the tranquil, natural beauty found at the Mulberry Lane Suites. A hearty English breakfast on the peaceful deck prepares the tourist for a day of sight-seeing, a romantic picnic or just lazing about.
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