Fruit Picking in the Western Cape – Where and When to do it

by Lauren Morling on 24 August, 2013 · 10 comments

Polkadraai Farm

The Western Cape is known for its endless vineyards and scenic, fertile valleys. Surrounded by immense purple mountains and rolling green hills, there is no setting more beautiful for spending a day cultivating the fields. For those who are keen to explore, there are plenty of areas in the Western Cape that are well known for bearing all types of fruit that you can hand pick straight off the trees, fields, and shrubs. Read on for the farms we recommend:

 

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Fig picking, Hoogwater Farm

Fig Picking by Monica Arellano Ongpin (Flickr)

Pick your own White Genoa figs figs directly from the trees at Hoogwater Farm near Ceres.  The best part about it is that you can eat as many figs as you like while you’re in the orchards! Cheese boards, Ladera Artisan Wines, and a selection of cakes with tea and coffee will be available, provided you book in advance. Please note there are no credit card facilities available, so ensure you bring enough cash with you.

The details

  • When: end January – end February
  • Where: Hoogwater Farm, R43 road towards Ceres, Wolseley
  • Times: Saturdays: 08h00 – 13h00
  • Contact: +27 ()83 762 2803
  • Price:  R40 entry per person, R5 per punnet (700g) for fruit taken home.

 

Fruit picking, Lentelus

Fresh Peaches just washed. By Quiltsalad (Flickr)

Enjoy a day of picking peaches, pears, plums, and apples in the stunning Tradouw Valley near Barrydale. This family run fruit and wine farm is a great space for relaxing. In spring the blossoms drift around; in summer sweet-ripe peaches, plums and apples are yours for the picking.

The details

  • When: spring and autumn
  • Where: Lentelus Farm, Tradouw Valley near Barrydale
  • Times: by appointment
  • Contact: +27 (0)28 572 1636
  • Price: per kilogram

 

Strawberry picking, Polkadraai Strawberry Farm

Strawberry picking at Polkadraai Farm

Set aside 20 – 30 minutes to pick juicy strawberries at Polkadraai Strawberry Farm in Stellenbosch. Simply collect your picking bowl and enjoy a day in the sunshine and orchards in the Cape Winelands.

The details

  • When: September to December
  • Where: M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road, Stellenbosch
  • Times: Daily: 09h00 – 16h00
  • Contact: +27 (0)21 881 3854 (selection option 2) 
  • Price: R25 for 900g, R40 for 1.4kg, R120 for 4.5kg, and R170 for 6.5kg.

 

Strawberry picking, Mountain Breeze Farm Stall

Strawberry picking at Polkadraai Farm

Enjoy strawberry picking at Mountain Breeze Farm Stall in Stellenbosch. After collecting a container from the farm stall, explore the fields of fragrant strawberries and admire the stunning views. 

The details

  • When: October to December
  • Where: R44, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
  • Times: 09h00 – 16h30 daily during strawberry season
  • Contact: +27 (0)21 880 1700
  • Price: R25 – R30 per kilogram

 

Strawberry picking, Redberry Farm

Strawberry picking at Redberry Farm

Enjoy picking fresh strawberries at Redberry Farm in George. For hygiene reasons, no eating is allowed in the fields. Other activities include train rides on the Strawberry Express, pony rides, bumper boats, bubble ball, hedge maze, and a playground.

The details

  • When: October to December
  • Where: Geelhoutboom Rd, Blanco, George
  • Times: Monday to Saturday from 09h00 – 16h00
  • Contact: +27 44 870 7123
  • Price: R15 for small container  (500g), R25 for large container (1kg)

 

Strawberry picking, Mooiberge Winery

Strawberry picking at Mooiberge

Nestled between Stellenbosch and Somerset West in the scenic Cape Winelands, Mooiberge (also known as Wynland Boerdery) has developed a reputation for harvesting some of the country’s finest and juiciest strawberries. The setting is absolutely exquisite – vast mountains and endless vineyards are a stunning backdrop and the entertaining scarecrows, giant strawberries, and antique tractors add a unique character to the area.

For those eager to linger a little longer, the Mooiberge Farm Stall near the fields offers everything from nuts and dried fruit, to tasty treats. Visitors are advised to phone before to ensure the fields haven’t been plucked dry by over-enthusiastic visitors.

The details

  • When: end October – December
  • Where: Strand Road, R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
  • Times: Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays from 09h30 – 16h00 (November – December), daily during school holidays.
  • Contact: +27 (0)21 881 3222
  • Price: per kilogram

 

Berry picking, De Slangrivier Berry Farm, Wellington

Berries by Gavin St Ours (Flickr)

A visit to De Slangrivier Berry Farm in Wellington is not to be missed. You can enjoy a day of picking fruits such as strawberries, youngberries, and Cape gooseberries, as well as a guided tour of the farm. Afterwards, browse the farm shop with homemade jams and berry vinegar on offer.

The details

  • When: November – December
  • Where: De Slangrivier Berry Farm, Wellington
  • Times: Monday – Friday, 09h00 – 17h00, Saturday 09h00 – 13h00
  • Contact: +27(0)21 864 2151
  • Price: per kilogram

 

Berry picking, Wildebraam Berry Estate, Swellendam

Berry picking at Wildebraam

Berry picking at Wildebraam Berry Estate in Swellendam is a rewarding experience for all ages. You can enjoy a morning of berry picking (blackberries and youngberries) in the countryside, as well as a trip to the tasting room to sample the range of liqueurs produced in the private cellar. If any of them take your fancy, you can purchase an array of liqueured fruits, jams, dessert syrups, chutneys, relishes, and pickles produced by the farm kitchen, or enjoy a smoothie or berry juice at the cellar café. The tasting room is open all year round and sells frozen berries as well as an assortment of jams, pickles, chutneys, and preserves. Bring your own container or purchase a bucket from us on site. It is important to wear closed shoes and remember a sun hat.

The details

  • When: November – mid December
  • Where: Wildebraam Berry Farm, Swellendam
  • Times: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 17h00, Saturday 09h00 – 16h00, Sunday 09h00 – 16h00 (Nov – Dec)
  • Contact: +27 (0)28 514 3132
  • Price:  Entry: R5, Picking: R15 per kilogram
  • When: November/December

 

Cherry picking, Klondyke Cherry Farm

Cherry picking at Klondyke

Gather friends and family together and enjoy a day of cherry picking at Klondyke Cherry Farm in Ceres. You will be charged an entry fee and thereafter, the cherries are priced per kilogram. Take your time selecting the juiciest red fruits from the fields, and enjoy picnics and braais in the shade of the pine trees.

The details

  • When: end of November to first week of January
  • Where: Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres
  • Times: daily during season, 08h30 – 16h30 8.30am
  • Contact: +27 (0)23 312 1521
  • Price: *R20 per entry, R45 per kg of cherries. No credit card facilities available.

 

*Prices and times were correct at time of publication

 

Where is your favourite venue for picking fruit in the Western Cape? Let us know if we have missed any out in the comments below!

 

Lori Fourie November 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

We are visiting the Cape at the end of April – please could you let me know if any farms are available for picking fruit. We would love to pick peaches, grapes, apples etc.
Kind regards
Lori 079 501 4253

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Lauren Morling November 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hi Lori,

That’s great! I’m not too sure which farms will still be offering pickings as the fruit seasons vary. I suggest you have a look at the post below for the farms you’re interested in visiting and give them a call to see whether they will be open during April (the contact details are provided for each). I really hope you’ll have some luck!

Have a lovely weekend :)

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Mazlan Said September 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

I am planning to visit Cape Town during the last week of October. Is there any possibilites for me and family to go cherry picking anywhere?

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Lauren Morling October 1, 2014 at 9:06 am

Hi Mazlan,

Sounds great. Unfortunately cherry season only begins at the end of November. I’d suggest contacting Klondyke Cherry Farm just in case though to see if they can accommodate you in October! Their number is +27 (0)23 312 1521.

Good luck!
Lauren

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Casper Nice November 20, 2014 at 7:51 am

We will be staying in the Paarl and Cape Town from 19-29 Feb 2015 and would like to pick grapes. Do you know of any farms that arrange this?

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Lauren Morling November 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

Hi Casper,

I don’t know of any farms who offer grape picking, but Nederburg Wines will be hosting their annual Harvest Day event on 22 February from 19:00 till late. The festivities include grape-picking, grape stomping, and more. Contact: +27 (0)21 862 3104 or nedwines@distell.co.za for more information.

Warm regards
Lauren

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Jonn November 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

Are there any farms that have organic fruit for picking ?

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Lauren Morling November 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hi Jonn,

There are a couple of organic farms, but I’m not sure if they offer picking for the public. Oranjezicht Farm has some fantastic organic produce and they have a market that is open every day (except Sunday) from 08h00 to 16h00. You can find more info here: http://www.ozcf.co.za/

Warm regards
Lauren

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