Best season to travel to South Africa

Transvaal Red Milkwood in South Africa 2024

Sweet and high in vitamin C, this native South African fruit is favoured by all local residents—even monkeys and baboons!

Best time: April–September

Transvaal Red Milkwood

If you're a seasonal fruit chaser, the indigenous Red Milkwood (Mimusops zeyheri) must be on your bucket list. It is loved by everyone for its sweet flavour and high vitamin C content. It grows wild in the woodlands and among the riverine vegetation, as well as on rocky hillsides. The growth area covers the provinces of Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and Free State.

Look for the yellow to orange oval fruit with a pointed tip between April and September. Be ready to encounter competitors, as local animals also like to feast on the fruit, especially monkeys and baboons.

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