It’s cherry season! For an awesome day out, visit Klondyke Cherry Farm just outside Ceres. It’s a fair drive from Cape Town − 190km − so make a weekend of it and plan to stay in the area: there is plenty to do!
Getting there: Travel through the Huguenot Tunnel and just before Worcester, turn left onto the R43 to Ceres. The R43 joins the R46 at Michells Pass. Drive straight through Ceres, and after 12km turn right onto the Bo-Swaarmoed Pass road. Travel a further 18km until you come to a line of pine trees. Klondyke Cherry Farm is on the right-hand side.
GPS Co-ordinates: S 33°18’55.51, E 19°34’53.76
The farm is open to day visitors for cherry-picking until New Year, 7 days a week, from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm. They will be closed on Christmas Day.
It costs R15 per person, and then R45 / kg for what you pick and take home. Take cash as there are no credit card facilities. Two of us managed to pick 7kg’s in about two hours.
It’s HOT! Broad-brimmed hats and sunblock are NOT optional, and we took plenty of liquid in our Nalgene canteens!
There are about 10 varieties of cherries (the trees are colour-coded), and we found that some trees are better than others. Find a good one and skip the trees if the cherries don’t taste great! It helps to be tall, but there are ladders available, and sitting on someone’s shoulders works too!
There is plenty of shaded parking under the pine trees, and you can picnic and braai too. There are a number of accommodation options on the farm. We stayed at the Ski Hut on Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve which is 5km away.
The farm is dog-friendly.