South African Honeybush Tea Association | Suid-Afrikaanse Heuningbostee Assosiasie


Honeybush tea is a young, but growing industry that is unique to South Africa. This tea is naturally caffeine free, but rich in antioxidants and offers a range of health properties. Due to its growing popularity around the world, there are opportunities for more farmers to start growing this indigenous crop.

Honeybush (Cyclopia species) is part of the fynbos that grows wild in South Africa’s Eastern and Western Cape provinces. There are 23 species of which only a few are used to make tea from. The most popular Cyclopia species to make tea from are Intermedia, Subternata, Maculata, Longifolia, Genistoides and Plicata. They grow under different conditions and circumstances, but are more dependable on water than people normally expected. The Cyclopia Intermedia plant for instance grows naturally on wetter and cooler southern slopes of mountains, but is also the most difficult plant to cultivate. Most species are harvested in the wild, while other species like Genistoides are harvested in cultivated lands only.

The South African Honeybush Tea Association (SAHTA) is the representative body that coordinate activities in the industry. Our aim is to help more farmers to grow and market honeybush successfully, and also to ensure that farming and wild-harvesting is done sustainably.


Stel jy belang om met heuningbos te boer, maar kort inligting?  Kontak SAHTA by om ‘n gratis handleiding oor hoé om met heuningbos te boer, te bekom.

Honeybush Farming

Are you interested in farming with honeybush, but need more information? Contact SAHTA at for a free copy of a guide on honeybush farming.

SAHTA - Lidmaatskap Aansoek / Membership Application

SAHTA Membership Preconditions
  1. If it is the first time you apply for membership (July till June of the following year) you may pay pro-rata for the remainder of the number of months left, counting the month in which you are applying as a full month. If you therefore apply in the month of December, as an example, irrespective of how many days left in December, you have to pay for 7 (seven) months, i.e. December till June, etc.
  2. You cannot apply the pro-rata principle for membership fees more than once, only when you join. The second year is a renewal and you have to pay in full or your membership will be cancelled.

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