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South African landrace cannabis sativa

Best Landrace Strains In South Africa

Compared to Europe, South Africa is blessed with an amazing outdoor climate, and we’re sure all our customers and readers take advantage of this daily.

If you’re based in the Eastern Cape, you’re in growing heaven.
Our local landrace strains are unique when compared to those found overseas, and mostly are Sativas.

Let’s take a closer look at our landrace strains.

Durban Poison

If there’s a landrace with international cred it’s Durban Poison. With its tall bushy build and narrow fan leaves, it’s fragrance of earthy tones, pine, and sweetness, make it a favourite around the world.

To begin with, this plant initially produces Indica style leaves, but in the latter parts of the flowering period it’s dominant Sativa comes through.

Normally, this strain tests between 16-24% THC, but it’s the active high that gets used by individuals who want less CBD in their hit.

The genetics of this plant ensure that when cross-breeding, you get a tough and vigorous plant that can grow anywhere. It has a dense and slim bud structure, and a unique terpene profile with oversized resin glands.

Also, because it is such an established strain, you can purchase auto-flowering and feminized seeds.

Swazi Gold

While not a South African landrace, the rolling hills of Swaziland are close enough to call them such. As expected, it is a Sativa and similar in plant structure to Durban Poison, but a little shorter and stockier.

The flavour profile is of citrus aromas with full-bodied earth tones. The high experience is one that is fast-acting and boosts energy levels, but relaxes after a while.

The bud profile can be described as lumpy, long, and covered in golden trichomes.

It also causes major dry mouth, so make sure to have a drink close by.

It’s an easy plant to grow as it can thrive on harsh mountain terrains.


A Sativa, this landrace strain is based in the same region as Durban Poison. It is easy to grow and is at home outdoors or indoors.

It is a fast grower, so if you need to get a batch out sooner rather than later, this is the strain for you. Also, it is very resilient to pests and mildew.

The high experience is energetic and uplifting. The taste and aroma profile is sweet with a little spice.

There are tales that this is the strain Zulu warriors would smoke before battle.


If you can, hold onto these seeds, as this strain doesn’t exist anymore. This landrace strain was popular during the 1980s.

We’ve all heard about it via the cannabis “grapevine”. It is believed t to have originated from an African Sativa landrace.

Basically, it is an urban legend.

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