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Fynbos Tasting

Cape Town

Activity Description

“Giselle Courtney’s Cape Town Fynbos Experience is our hot new pick on the Cape floral calendar” – Conde Nast Magazine, April 2019.

Experience a taste of South Africa’s botanical heritage at a Fynbos Tasting in the historic Company’s Garden in central Cape Town.

Giselle offers Fynbos Tastings “steeped in a wealth of knowledge about the Cape’s rich botanical heritage” most Wednesdays and Thursdays 14h00-15h30 in the enchanting home of the former Garden Director.

Bookings close 48 hours prior to each event.
Private Tastings for 8 or more persons on request, maximum 16 – info@capetownfynbosexperience.com
DECEMBER: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19,
JANUARY: 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
FEBRUARY: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
MARCH: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
APRIL: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

“The perfect introduction to Cape Town, much more than just a tasting.”

Rated 4,7 out of 5 by international tourism industry guests hosted by Cape Town Tourism.

Tel. +27 (0)66 2255722 info@capetownfynbosexperience.com

Fynbos (fine bush-Afrikaans/Dutch) is the name given to a family of 7000 plant species that are indigenous to the southern tip of the African continent. The terroir produces highly aromatic and uniquely South African flavours. Fynbos comprises 80% of the Cape Floristic Region, the smallest, yet most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms.
You’ll be guided through a tasting of eight Fynbos botanicals starting in their most essential form as a herbal tea infusion, then sweet cordials, progressing to aromatic vinaigrettes and infused oils along with edible naturals and seasoning salts, culminating in soothing digestives accompanied by sweet treats.

The event is hosted by The Cape Town Heritage Trust in the former Garden Director’s home in South Africa’s oldest formal garden. The Dutch East India Company developed this garden to supply their naval fleet with fresh produce as early as 1652. The Medicinal Garden showcases indigenous plants used in traditional healing.
19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Duration: one and a half hours – allow time to linger and visit the indigenous Medicinal Garden and onsite gift shop specialising in South African Fynbos culinary and homeware gifts.
Rate R1200 per person including 15% VAT
Maximum number of guests: 16 (no minimum at scheduled events on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Children over the age of 14 are welcome, full price


ProviderCape Town Fynbos Experience
DurationOpen Ended
WhenFynbos Tastings are presented most Wednesdays and Thursdays 14h00-15h30 subject to availability. Bookings close 48 hours prior to each event - please feel free to enquire about alternative dates if you are a group of eight or more (maximum 16) Tel. +27 (0)66 2255722 info@capetownfynbosexperience.com
WhereFormer Garden Director's Home Company's Garden 19 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town Pedestrian entrance: 15 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town central
WeatherAll weather conditions - the Fynbos Tasting is presented in the home of the former Garden Director
What to WearBe comfortable...
Things to BringA love of nature...
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guests


Minimum Age14 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsRates include 15% VAT
ExclusionsTake the experience home - Fynbos gifts available from the onsite Heritage Shop.


Be prepared to linger in this tranquil garden setting.

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable experience delivered by a friendly, knowledgeable and charismatic host. I learnt much about fynbos and it was great to be able to smell, touch and taste the plants. The experience is located in a lovely public garden. - Phe D

We really enjoyed the experience, we felt so connected to this South African unique treasure, and as we smell the dried plants we took home it still reminds us of the beauty of the wonderful Cape landscapes! Giselle told us lots of interesting facts about fynbos with all her passion and we enjoyed tasting it in some of its forms (infusion, distillate and salad!) - Fabio Limonta

Really uplifting and fascinating insight into the beauty and medicinal benefits of the Cape Flora fynbos. Brilliantly presented with exquisite attention to the detail and thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks to Giselle and we would love to come back to do the apothecary course. - Lucy Arterton

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