Eco-epicurean eating tours
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden sell seed for edible indigenous plants you can plant at home.
There are a range of eco-epicurean tours in South Africa that allow you to eat, drink, and travel without having a negative impact on the environment.
Issues of preserving indigenous edible plant biodiversity are increasingly pertinent in current culinary circles. There are several epicurean wine and food tours, which allow the traveller to sample, savour, and help to preserve our indigenous pantry.
In KwaZulu-Natal, traditional healer Dr. Elliot Ndlovu offers tours of the Kamberg, which introduce travellers to the healing and culinary uses of Zulu indigenous plants, followed by a traditional Zulu lunch.
Near Yzerfontein, at !Khwa ttu!, San guides lead tours during which they demonstrate their hunting and gathering skills, and share their ancient knowledge about tracking animals, edible and medicinal plants.
Kontrei Traveller’s eco-epicurean food tours are rooted in the Slow Food philosophy of food that honours the palate and the planet. Designed around the tastes and time constraints of the client, you can explore organic wine or immerse yourself in Cape Malay cuisine.
For those with an afternoon to spare, visit Franschhoek wine estate Solms-Delta’s veld kos (wild food) garden. Learn about endangered edible plants once gathered and consumed by the Khoi and the Xhosa, then eat them in the estate's Fyndraai restaurant.
Prince Albert based cookery school, African Relish, focuses on regional and artisan producers. They offer cooking classes, farmers' market excursions, and farm visits combined with a range of hands-on cooking classes using only locally sourced produce.
In Gauteng, Karin Spottiswoode offers edible indigenous summer fruit tours of the Kloofendaal Nature Reserve.
No epicurean adventure would be complete without wine. The Green Mountain Eco Route is the world’s first biodiversity wine route. Gourmets can independently explore its eco-fiendly wine farms and homegrown country cuisine, or join a 4-day gourmet slack-pack hike, and walk, eat and drink their way through the Cape Floral Kingdom.
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Phone +27 (0)23 541 1381
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Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Dr. Elliot Ndlovu
Phone: +27 (0)33 266 6217
Phone: +27 (0)22 492 2998
Phone: +27 (0)11 674 2980
Solms-Delta Wine Estate
Phone: +27 (0)21 847 3937