Pangolin Gin

We’ve partnered with New Harbour Distillery in Cape Town to launch Pangolin Gin – a limited-edition craft gin, in support of our pangolin conservation efforts across Africa.

Our first limited run of 400 individually numbered bottles is now available for purchase.

R595 per bottle
including nationwide delivery in South Africa via Pargo.

Here’s what you can look forward to receiving in each box

* A 750ml bottle of delicious, zesty Pangolin Gin
* A Pangolin Gin cocktail recipe
* A quick & easy bar snack recipe with ingredients to make it

What is in Pangolin Gin?

Our director Toby teamed up with Master Distiller Nic Janeke – one of the most sought-after distillers in the country – to develop a recipe for a truly African craft gin. The gin has been distilled using a blend of traditional botanicals and enhanced with the fruit of the iconic African Baobab tree. It’s delicious!

How does it help pangolins?

Profits from the sale of each bottle of Pangolin Gin will be donated to Pangolin.Africa to support the work we are doing.

How do I order?

Ordering is easy. Simply complete our order form, select your pick-up point and make payment online.

When will I get it?

Delivery to your selected pick up point will take place within 3 – 5 days (depending on whether your pick up point is in a central or outlying area) after payment is made. Alternatively, collect directly from the Pangolin.Africa office in Gardens, Cape Town.

New Harbour Distillery specialises in handcrafted spirits that are inspired by Africa’s unique nature. Their vision is to be a leader in craft spirits production and development that uses traditional and experimental distilling techniques.

New Harbour Distillery was founded in the old industrial heart of Cape Town in 2014 and opened our doors to the public in 2016 with the first and best Rooibos Gin. Their carbon neutral micro-distillery is now located in Somerset West, Cape Town, where they create artisanal small batch spirits. At their state-of-the-art experimental micro-distillery thrive on doing things in a new way, while being on trend in the global spirits industry.

New Harbour Distillery aims to be the first 100% carbon neutral distillery in South Africa. With traditional and new technologies, they continue to create mindful drinks by pushing the boundaries of innovation.

The Story of the Baobab Tree

The first baobab grew next to a small lake. Taller and taller it grew until it started noticing the other trees. Some were tall and slender, some had brightly coloured flowers and other others had large leaves. Then one day it saw a reflection of itself in the lake which shocked it to its root hairs: There in the mirror of the lake it saw a huge fat trunk covered in bark that looked like the wrinkled hide of an old elephant; small, tiny leaves and pale, creamy flowers.

Very upset, the baobab complained bitterly to the Creator. ‘Why did you make me so ugly?’ it wanted to know. ‘Why couldn’t you make me elegant like the palm tree with its straight and slender trunk? Why did you have to make me so big and fat?’ the baobab protested.
‘Look at the masses of bright and beautiful flowers of the flame tree! What about me? Why couldn’t you give me flowers like that?’

On and on the baobab went, wailing and bemoaning the bad deal it had been given. When it spotted the fruit on the fig trees, its indignation knew no bounds.

God was becoming more and more exasperated with the wailing and complaining of the baobab until eventually, determined to silence the baobab forever, he came down, yanked it out of the earth and replanted it upside down. From that day on the baobab could no longer see its reflection or complain. Since then, it has been working in silence, paying off its ancient transgression by being the most useful and helpful tree around.

Variations on this story are told across Africa to explain why the baobab is so unusual and yet so helpful.

With thanks to for this version of the story

Gin Facts

  • Gin is a clear alcoholic spirit, predominantly flavoured by Juniper berries (Juniperus communis), and now often made with the inclusion of other botanicals.

  • The name gin is a shortened form of the old English word genever, related to the French word genièvre and the Dutch word jenever. Both names are derived from juniperus, the Latin for Juniper.

  • World Gin Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in June each year.

  • While the jury is still out on whether England or Holland can lay claim to inventing this great drink, G&Ts gained popularity in the British colonies in the 19th century as the quinine contained in tonic water was discovered to repel malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Gin was added to mask the bitter taste of the quinine.

  • A more modern-day medicinal revelation is that Juniper berries are loaded with antioxidants.

  • Pangolin Gin is 43% alcohol, so drink responsibly.

Purchase your bottle(s) today

R595 per bottle
including nationwide delivery in South Africa.

How to receive your Pangolin Gin order

  1. Collect from one of the 2,500 convenient Pargo pick-up points across South Africa. Click here to find the Pargo pick-up point closest to you. Make a note of the PUP (pick up point reference) number to enter into the required field below.
  2. Collect from the Pangolin.Africa office in Gardens, Cape Town during office hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm) and meet the team – we make great coffee!

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