The prized rooibos, indigenous to the south-western reaches of South Africa, has long been used by the Khoi and San as a refreshing drink and a medicinal herb. Today it is enjoyed around the world. Its following has grown so vast that a pair of enterprising sisters in a small rural town has set up the Rooibos Route.
Ostriches are big business. Farmed in South Africa for at least 130 years, these birds bring in R1.75-billion a year, 90% of it foreign exchange, with the country producing 70% of the world’s ostrich meat, leather and feathers.