While Kenya in East Africa is well known for its production of black teas, it is also South Africa where you will find the homeland of Rooibos tea, otherwise known as 'Red Bush' tea.
Rooibos is produced from the plant Aspalathus linearis, a leguminous shrub unique to the Cederberg Mountains around the town of Clanwilliam and indigenous to the Western Cape of South Africa. It forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, commonly known as fynbos, and grows nowhere else in the world.
The Cederberg Mountains are known for their extraordinary rock formations, well-preserved prehistoric rock paintings by the early San people, and the rare Clanwilliam Cedar trees from which the area takes its name. Wild leopards still roam the area.
The scenic beauty of the Cederberg Mountains attracts people to explore the area which offers some of the best hiking trails in the country. Visitors can also discover the quaint villages, mountain passes and secluded valleys by car.
For a few short weeks during spring each year, the entire region is transformed into a brilliant tapestry of multicoloured wild flowers. During this time, botanists, photographers and travellers from all over the world visit the Cederberg to witness one of the world's great floral spectacles.