Africa Silks in Thaba Chweu Rural, Mpumalanga
Climate is a very important factor in silk farming, so lucky for us the Lowveld of Mpumalanga has the ideal temperatures of between 22˚C and 29˚C with no frost. Africa Silks Weavery was opened in Graskop and after much success, seven more branches opened up around the country. In 2003 the new silk farm, previously government owned in the Bushbuckridge area, opened up and welcomed visitors.
Visitors are welcome to take a one hour tour of the active silk farm. The fascinating process is explained and you can see how the tiny silkworm cocoons are processed into threads and then used to produce a variety of products from clothing to interior decorating. The shop has plenty of silk clothing, silk filled duvets, silk sheets and even skin care products.
The Deck Restaurant offers a perfect spot to relax after your tour and serves light meals and refreshments.
Things to do and see
- Daily Tours, last tour at 3 pm
- Deck Restaurant, open until 8 pm
- Showroom & Shop
For tour prices please contact the farm directly.
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 19˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas, Hazyview is 60 km away which is just under an hours’ drive. Road trips from Johannesburg via the N12 and N4 will take approximately 5 hours.
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