AfriTan Tannery was first established in 2002 by Craig van Heerden in a farm shed in Dundee, Northern Kwazulu Natal.
In 2009 Hanno van den Berg joined AfriTan.
AfriTan specializes in the tanning of Nguni hides, sheep skins and game skins which are beautifully and skilfully stitched into products which are sold worldwide and in their retail shop in Dundee.
AfriTan has become largely mechanised. This has improved the quality and quantity of the hides tanned. The tannery currently tans 800 Nguni hides, 2000 springbuck skins, 1200 sheep skins and various other game skins every month.
All Nguni hides are branded with a stamp stating that in our never ending pursuit of quality, sustainability and reliability, the customer is assured of excellence. Our stamp also reassures customers that they are buying genuine Nguni and not the South American imported Texas long horn breed.
Nguni hides are a rich assortment of colour and pattern variations. The more dominant colours are black, white and brown.
Each of the varying hide patterns has a Zulu name closely associated to an animal, bird, plant or other natural wonder.
Nguni hides are highly functional and decorative and make beautiful floor rugs and furniture coverings as well as handbags and many other décor and household items.