Cederberg – Rooibos tea Safari

Rooibos, Aspalathus linearis (N.L.Burm.) R.Dah...

Rooibos, Aspalathus linearis (N.L.Burm.) R.Dahlgr., Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Your rooibos tea safari is conducted by Chris du Plessis, co-owner of Elandsberg Eco Tourism along with his wife, Annette. Both are West Coast locals with a deep passion for the region’s unique plant life, cultural heritage, scenic beauty and cuisine.

There are two tour options, a rooibos tea farm tour and a fynbos safari, which can be taken separately or combined into an extended tour. Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a species of fynbos endemic to the Clanwilliam Cederberg area, so the combined rooibos/fynbos tour will prove particularly interesting to those who want to find out more about the fynbos biome that makes up the Cape Floral Region.

The Groenkol Rooibos Tea Estate, where the tours take place, is unique in that all aspects related to the production of rooibos tea are done on the estate – from growing the seedlings through to the final packaging and marketing.

Also included in the tour is a discussion on how rooibos benefits the regional economy and how climate change is affecting this rare-plant crop.

The fynbos tour (approximately 1.5 hours) is adjusted according to what is happening seasonally in the veld (grassland). Du Plessis explains informally, but with zeal, how the fynbos of the Cederberg adapts to survive the region’s very hot, dry, summer conditions, how the plants attract pollinators, and how they protect themselves against insects and pests.

During the tour, guests can also visit the farm’s beautiful rock formations, which, according to Du Plessis, play a vital part in the ecology of the Cape Floral Region.

After the tour/s, guests are treated to special spiced rooibos tea, and can browse the estate shop’s selection of rooibos products.”  – South African Tourism Website

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