HONEYBUSH TEA FARM - THE JEWEL OF THE GARDEN ROUTE<br/><br/>
HONEYBUSH TEA FARM - THE JEWEL OF THE GARDEN ROUTE
This magnificent farm is 288 hectares in extent and has approximately 3,5kms of Bitou River frontage which serves as the northern boundary. It extends from a point near Emily Moon in the east, all the way to Wittedrift School in the west and to Ganze Vallei in the south. The property is probably one of the most spectacular in the entire region mainly because of the attributes it has. It has amazing sea, river, mountain and valley views, comprises of pasture, arable land, indigenous forest and fynbos. It boasts a history from the 1780s and the famous Bitou hut has been restored to its former glory. The property has a newly built 40 million mega litre dam, solar plant and the roads have been restored. Currently there are 12 hectares of irrigated honeybush tea planted with approval for a total of 42 hectares. This is already one of the largest honeybush tea plantations in the region with the potential to be a massive global player in this relatively young, but growing industry that is unique to South Africa. This tea is naturally caffeine free, but rich in antioxidants and offers a range of health properties. Due to its growing popularity around the world, honeybush tea is in high demand making this property, an extremely lucrative venture.
There are so many options available to the fortunate purchaser in terms of additional farming, tourism and certain areas are deemed developable in the SDF by following due process, or it could serve as ones playground and a legacy for generations to come. A warehouse in Wittedrift (earmarked for the processing of the tea) and farming equipment can be purchased separately. One can only truly appreciate the beauty of this farm by spending time there and discovering the gems it constantly reveals.
MORE ABOUT PLETTENBERG BAY
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean. Originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay can now be accessed by first class national roads, by sea or by scheduled air flights.
The great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains are the gateway to the incredible indigenous African wealth of Plettenberg Bay, which lies on South Africa's spectacular south coast. The Outeniqua-Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest and offer the nature lover world-renowned hiking trails and an exciting opportunity to see the last remaining forest elephants of South Africa. The entire area teems with birdlife. Nearly 300 species are to be found in the great variety of habitats ranging from Fynbos to forest to wetlands.
No less than ten important nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. The bay itself is Nursery to the endangered Southern Right Whale which comes here to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).
The area is of course a sports paradise and boasts fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and canoeists. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of water sports, including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing and scuba diving spots. Alternately one can simply stroll along its clean, sandy beaches stretching for miles along the Indian Ocean or enjoy its safe swimming areas. At night, Plettenberg Bay is alive with pubs, night-spots and fine restaurants. A wide range of accommodation offers luxury hotels, exclusive country retreats, cosy bed and breakfasts, self-catering chalets and excellent camping facilities.