Industry Insider Tours
Visit orchards, packing houses, research sites and more, and meet the people shaping the South African fruit industry, in locations including Ceres, Elgin and Stellenbosch.
Fabulous South Africa
Spend three nights in dynamic and beautiful Cape Town (pictured) and then a full week in fun, friendly Stellenbosch. Visit wineries, wildlife reserves, scenic parks and more.
Make the most of your journey to Africa and come early or stay after the tour for special add-on leisure tours: we'll offer safari, wine tour and adventure packages!
Ever wonder why IFTA has been looking forward to the chance to visit South Africa’s orchards since our last Southern Hemisphere trip (New Zealand, 2018)? Pears and peaches were brought to South Africa by the Dutch in 1665, and while commercial apple production did not begin until the 1880s, today it represents the largest (33%) of the country’s diverse deciduous fruit crop industries, dominated by Golden Delicious, Gala, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, and Fuji. South Africa is a leading international pear exporter, and is the largest stone fruit producer on the African continent, known for exceptional quality in Europe.
The Western Cape, where IFTA will visit, is the largest traditional production region for apples, pears, and stone fruits, and accounts for more than half of all South African apples and pears grown. Sweet cherries are a fast-growing industry in this region as well, with varieties like Bing, Hedelfinger, Royal Dawn, Royal Hazel, and Staccato, supplying exports to the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and China. Cherries, apricots and plums should all be ripe when we visit!
With a chance to see tree fruits of every kind, talk with growers about their unique challenges and adoptions of new orchard technologies, and, oh, perhaps see a few exotic animals along the way like baboons, ostriches, elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, etc., it is no wonder that South Africa has been high on IFTA’s international study tour planning list for more than a decade!
~ Greg Lang
IFTA Education Director
IFTA Education Director
Greg Lang is a professor at Michigan State University, where he conducts stone fruit research, teaches a wine education course, and travels the world to speak on fruit production science.
Molly & Kat
Onward Travel is thrilled to partner with IFTA for another int'l study tour... Onward uniquely combines travel expertise and industry knowledge for a tour that is as memorable and fun as it is educational!
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