Southern Yurts
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About Us

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Our Yurts

Southern Yurts is owned and managed by partners, Tobin Davenport and Kate Brink. The business-core, including yurt manufacturing, primarily operates from Porcupine Hills Farm - a beautiful guest and olive farm just 100 km outside of Cape Town.

Here, Southern Yurts showcases a 4.8 m Yurt, established as a private and memorable glamping site in the heart of Porcupine Hills’ nature reserve. The Yurt is fully equipped for self-catering, with private kitchen and bathroom facilities, and a wood-fired hot tub from which to enjoy the location’s exquisite views. For bookings and availability email us on info@southernyurts.co.za or visit our Airbnb page.

Southern Yurts prioritises the balance between product functionality and customer comfort. Great care is taken with each step of the manufacturing process to ensure that our yurts are of great quality. When you step inside our yurts, it is this attention to detail that lies at the core of your experience.

 
 
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HISTORY OF THE YURT

The traditional Mongolian ger (pronounced gair, meaning home) is a structure that has changed little in time. Archaeological records left by nomadic people are often difficult to find, but descriptions of ger-like tents can be dated back as far as 480 BC. It is therefore thought that the ger emerged at least 2500 years ago in Central Asia, most likely in today’s Northern Mongolia and Siberia.

Centuries of design has refined the ger to serve functionality first. Quick to set up and down, and easy to transport, the ger was essential to a seasonal nomadic life. Later, as the dwelling became more popular in other parts of the world, the structure shifted to take on more contemporary features such as windows, and is now commonly referred to as the ‘yurt’ (Russian, yurta).

It is known that the successful Huns warriors were housed in ancient yurts between the 4th and 6th centuries AD. Later during the 12th century, Genghis Khan began forming what was to become the most successful empire at the time. His reign was greatly aided by the ability to travel across central Asia, unifying tribes, with his home in tow. Khan would have lived in a large traditional ger that is said to have been pulled by 40 oxen.

The ger is still widely used across central Asia today and its symbolism has found it’s way into religion (Buddhism, the wheel of dharma) and national pride (the flag of Kyrgyzstan). Many people who are new to the yurt, have come to understand how unique it is. A structure far out-competing alternative tenting like the teepee or bell tent in its spaciousness and security of form.