I’m a sucker for foraging of any kind, and the sight of cherries of all kinds and shapes and sizes was almost too much for me last year… Wandering through the cherry orchards at Klondyke is great fun – as I quickly discovered there are quite a few different varieties to be found, and it becomes quite an adventure matching the colour-coded trees with the provided list.
This year the entry fee is again only R15-00 per person, and children under 5 years are free. The price for the cherries you pick is R45-00 per kg. Klondyke does provide PVC punnets for pickers to use, but you might prefer to bring your own containers instead (get them weighed at the office before you start to pick). Cash only – no credit card facilities are available.
The farm is open every day during the season (that’s 7 days a week – except for Christmas Day when they will be closed). Klondyke’s trading hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The season is likely to run through until New Year’s Day.
There’s a shady picnic/braai area available for visitors, so once you’ve picked your fill of cherries, you can relax with friends before heading home (or back to a guest house, if you’re staying nearby).
Klondyke Farm – Directions
From Cape Town and the N1:
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 our line of pine trees.
Klondyke Cherry Farm is on the right hand side.