In February 2015, Elzan le Roux and Chantalle de Klerk discussed the need for high quality, feel-good fleece products for game lodge guests. After some serious planning and designing, we made our first few examples of soft, warm hooded scarves, pillow-blankets and beanies. But what to call the product? During one of our planning sessions, we overheard a Field Guide course lecture, covering the mammalian order “Whippomorpha”, the whales, dolphins and hippos. “Whippo” was born.
The initial marketing was met with quite some enthusiasm. Such was the quality of the Whippo products that we were inundated with orders.
Since that rather humble beginning, Whippo has become a well-known brand in game lodges in Pilanesberg, Madikwe, Lowveld, Northern Cape and Namibia.
We have since broadened our scope, now sporting a fleece range, safari range and a fun range called “Whippo curiosity”. This consists of a growing variety of wildlife themed branded mugs, license discs, magnets and other useful and pretty items.