Our optional excursions are planned to include the FruitFly Africa SIT facility, deciduous fruit and citrus production regions, the Cape winelands and the Cape Floristic region biodiversity hotspots. The excursions will offer technical visits, combined with some of our most beautiful scenic areas. Both options will include lunch and refreshments. Be prepared for weather changes during the day, as it could easily be a cloudless day as we depart Stellenbosch but rainy on the other side of the mountain.

Participants will be able to select from the following 2 options.

Option 1: Elgin

Coaches will depart from Spier Estate shortly after breakfast, to head in an easterly direction, over Sir Lowry’s Pass towards Oak Valley Estate in the Elgin/Grabouw area. Here we will visit SIT release sites and apple and pear pack houses. Our scenic drive then takes us over Houw Hoek Pass, towards Kleinmond, a small coastal town, at the foothills of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, where you will have the opportunity to view the regional fynbos flora. The last portion of the trip will take us along the coast towards Gordons Bay and Strand and then back to Spier.

Option 1: Ceres

This excursion takes us from Spier to Ceres, as we drive through the outskirts of Stellenbosch, through the Huguenot Tunnel in the Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains, to Slanghoek Valley with its magnificent views of vineyards and mountains. The only gateway to Ceres is   through dramatic mountains before we enter the valley of Ceres, also known as the “Valley of Fruitfulness”. (www.ceres.org.za). Here we will meet with producers to see successful fruit fly management programmes in action.  From Ceres we will head towards Riebeeck Kasteel, known for its olive and wine production, where we will have the opportunity for some tasting. The last leg takes us past Wellington, headquarters of the dried fruit industry and well known whisky distillery, towards Spier.