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Just as it existed when traded ounce for ounce for gold eight thousand years ago. We add nothing and we take nothing away.


As nature intended – no additives, no anti-clumping agents, no preservatives. Dried by the hot African desert sun. Unrefined and unprocessed. The underground brine lake is 100% saturated, so it takes only 4 weeks for the salt to crystalise in our main harvest season in summer when the temperatures reach up to 47o.


The ancient Dwyka rock formations, through which the underground streams flow, are geo-scientifically tested to be 250-300 million years old. The 50km2 salt pan is situated in the Kalahari Desert of 900,000km2, inside the Kalahari Basin which spans an area of 2.5 million km². 50km’s south of Botswana and +-250km north of Upington. A remote, pristine and beautiful area. The name KALAHARI is derived from the Tswana word Kgalagadi, meaning ‘the great thirst’.


Oryx Desert Salt has all the essential minerals and trace elements that exist naturally in salt, including magnesium, zinc and potassium. It provides your body with the correct balance of these minerals, as nature intended, so they can be utilised and absorbed for optimal vitality and health.

“Salt imbalances can make us very ill. We need to embrace the ‘salt of the earth’ in order to replace vital minerals.”- Sue Visser, Health Researcher, Nature Fresh


Oryx Desert Salt has a unique and exceptional taste, which enhances and enriches the flavour of your food. Chefs from around the world taste the difference.

“No dish at Restaurant is complete without a pinch of Oryx Desert Salt.” – Jan Hendrik  – South Africa’s first Michelin-star chef

“ORYX desert salt is a great food salt. I use it as a salt on a day to day basis, as well as a finishing salt. The salt is everything I look for when it comes to flavour.” – Craig Cormack, SALT restaurant, Paul Cluver Wine Estate, Grabouw.

“I use this salt because I find that the flavour of the final product is better. Salt is a critical part of the curing process and the amount used is very precise in order to prevent the product from spoiling. With Oryx Desert Salt I don’t have to worry about the salt overpowering the flavour of the meat. I don’t use less but end up with a better product. I was using sea salt previously but prefer the flavour of the mineral salt.” – Richard Bosman – Richard Bosman charcuterie


The underground streams converge and replenish an ancient underground lake of 55 million tons from which the salt water is pumped, laid on the pan under the hot Kalahari sun and sun-dried. This process lives in harmony with the natural rainfall and the surrounding environment. We only extract what nature provides.


Grinder bottles have information printed directly on the glass so they can be kept clean and don’t need to be replaced. Our new grinder heads have a ceramic mechanism for long lasting use. So far they have been tested up to 10 refills and they still grind smoothly.

The pure cotton bags are packed in recyclable polyprop bags.


  • Cotton bags
  • marble bags
  • trump cards bag
  • small puzzle bags


The success of our business is built on the interconnection between a number of different partners and suppliers.

We believe in:

  • impact sourcing (choosing to source locally where ever possible, supporting small, often women-owned businesses) and
  • building collaborative relationships (for example, our chefs and cooking schools are valued ambassadors)

We spread our supportive net wide to include contributing to local community upliftment and encouraging care for the ecosphere that is our earth.

Our cotton bags, aprons and shopper bags are manufactured by a women’s home industry community group which has grown from one to seven women as we have grown.

Our products are packed by Ukama Packing Solutions – which is a group of social enterprises started with the aim of helping women from previously disadvantaged communities create their own micro-enterprises.

Ukama Foundation – supplies and equips informal creches to run feeding schemes for over 200 children per day in Vrygrond, Western Cape. We do this through help from private donors, Ukama clients and community businesses.

Macassar Pottery which produces the Oryx Salt pots, is a self-sustaining social enterprise founded in 2010, offering a safe space for the community, youths in particular, to discover and follow their dreams. There, locals are upskilled to be entrepreneurs through their unique ceramic ware. The business is co-owned by its employees.

We believe in contributing to previously marginalised communities. A percentage of monthly turnover is donated to the Khomani San and Mier communities who own !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari Desert.

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