Westfalia Estate is situated in the beautiful foothills of the Drakensberg escarpment near Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province, in the northern region of South Africa.
This farm was bought by Dr Hans Merensky, one of the most successful mining prospectors in history, and is the hub of Westfalia South Africa's agricultural operations. This farm has been declared a Natural Heritage Site, as it is part of the largest natural forest in the country and demonstrates the achievement of a balance between indigenous forest and sustainable agriculture and forestry. This was Dr Merensky's ethos to which we still adhere.
Decades ago, the main agricultural crop at Westfalia Estate was citrus. However, due to citrus greening disease, citrus production was phased out, with the last trees being removed in the early 1960s. Avocados are now the predominant agricultural crop but macadamias, mangoes and litchis are also grown on a smaller scale.
Westfalia Fruit Estates has grown much since Dr Merensky's days and there are now almost 20 farms in South Africa owned by Westfalia. Westfalia is now a vertically integrated company, with a large nursery, orchards, packhouses, fruit processing facility, worldwide marketing and logistics divisions, and ripening facilities. It is here that Westfalia Technological Services operates.