Melvill & Moon at Metelerkamps

Melvill & Moon

The Melvill family started the company and it is still family run to date. The family arrived in the 1700’s as missionaries and established themselves as prominent land surveyors, cattle ranchers and soldiers.

A love of Africa and a passion for safaris has featured strongly throughout the 8 generations of family and it is very evident in everything that they produce.

The company has a Latin motto “laudator temporis acti” which means “in praise of a bygone era” and you just have to feast your eyes on their different ranges to take you back to the long, hot, dusty days of the epic African safaris.

Hand Made Leather

They manufacture handmade safari luggage, campaign-style furniture, custom made canvas seat covers and top quality leatherware.

Their luggage range is available in either all leather, sand coloured canvas and leather trim or black canvas and leather trim. The warm toned leather used is pliable and luxurious and the canvas is 100% hard wearing cotton. The zips and hardware used are all solid brass and most of the luggage is beautifully lined with internal pockets for extra storage.

Lined Canvas Bag

We don’t as yet stock their campaign style furniture but they are classic looking pieces immaculately put together using walnut and solid brass.

In their leatherware range, some of the articles that you can get are wine holders, bush light holders, coasters, luggage tags and laptop bags.

Luggage at Metelerkamps

We stock most of the luggage range so please feel free to pop in at Metelerkamps and admire these beautiful items:

Our biggest bag is the Duffel bag and this large bag would be very suitable for a good couple of days away and, having a waterproof interlining, would be quite at home strapped to the roof racks as you head off into the distance. It has a unique offset wide webbing shoulder strap which makes it easier to carry and manoeuvre in busy airports.

Duffel Bags


The Catalina and Bulawayo bag are also excellent travelling bags and the Rift Valley bag is the perfect overnight bag and easily fits into the overhead storage on an aeroplane.

Bulawayo Bag

The Dar Es Salaam bag makes the perfect ladies handbag or travelling bag big enough to keep everything a lady needs… extra space for passports, maps, binoculars, scarf etc.

The Bladsak and African Ranch bag make the perfect  “student bag” and are not too big and bulky and big enough for a wallet, cellphone, bottle of water and a snack. Then you get the smaller “man bag” which is the perfect gift for the man that has everything……in other words, most men.

Gift Ideas for the gentlemen

Another lovely gift for a man and they are generally hard to buy for, is the Mombasa Mailbag. It is a beautifully made briefcase that will withstand the test of time and will be handed down to a lucky Grandson one day. The Timau toiletry bag with a waterproof lining also makes a super gift.

Or you can also indulge yourself with an ornithologists bible bag and bird book cover or a Kalahari cooler lined bag…….for keeping a couple of ales frosty during the long hours of bird watching.

Ornithologists Bible Bag

As you can see there is something for everyone and these top quality items are perfectly at home packed into a dusty safari vehicle or crammed into a light plane heading off into the beyond but they can also be carried with pride through a first class lounge when required.

We stock most of the luggage range so please feel free to pop in at Metelerkamps and admire these beautiful items. Come and visit us in Knysna and enjoy our beautiful store where you are welcome to view our range of Melvill and Moon! In the meantime, you can also browse our online aisles here.



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