As you enter the farming area just on the outskirts of glorious George, you will notice never-ending rows of strawberries. The sweet smell entices you to enter Redberry Farm, which is the first tourist beacon you reach on this stretch of road. When you arrive, you are greeted with huge smiles from the ever so friendly staff who are all rather eager to share all their strawberry secrets with you.
Strawberry picking is super and here you can grab your container of choice before you are led to the ‘pick your own’ fields. It’s so easy to keep eating and forget to fill your containers – I had to remind my family a number of times to fill their containers and not just their mouths. The scenery surrounding the farm is exquisite and I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon with friends and family.
But it doesn’t end there, the fun is only just beginning, there is so much more than just picking and munching on these sweet, delicious berries. Kids will go nuts at the playground area where they can play until their heart is content and will adore stroking and feeding the rabbits on the farm.
If your kids love animals they will be thrilled with the pony rides too, you can get a ticket at the farm stall and take it down to the paddocks where the friendly ponies are waiting to take your tot for a trot.
A wonderful way to tour the fabulous fields and beautiful gardens is to hop aboard the mini train with your little ones and enjoy 700 meters of track and a 35 meter tunnel, it beats walking and was actually quite entertaining. Surely by now, the kids must be tired and hungry, so we head off to the tea garden for a bite to eat.
The menu is fabulous and offers a selection of salads, light lunches, dishes for the more hungry visitor, incredibly tempting desserts and oh let’s not forget the good old farm style breakfasts. We sat on a bench in the garden under an umbrella in the sun and filled our bellies. Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, the kids were not yet done having fun! Lucky there was still so much more to see and do.
There are two water based activities for children, which quite honestly I would have loved to do too! First there was the bubble ball, which is a large inflatable ball that the kids climb inside and float on the water. It was so much fun watching the kids trying to walk on water and get their balance. Next up were the bumper boats … children hop in an inflatable and motorized boat, get used to steering and then head off to bump into each other and explore the dam.
Last but not least, it was time to get lost in the hedge maze. The maze is huge and the board at the start states that it is the largest in the Southern hemisphere with about 10000 meters of maze to discover. Splitting up into teams and making a game of racing to the finish was a great idea.
On our way out we popped into the farm stall to buy a few punnets of fresh strawberries and landed up getting the strawberry liquor, souvenirs for the kids and a few deli items too. Finally, the kids were worn out after a long day of excitement and we got back in the car to tackle the scenic drive home.
Contact Redberry Farm:
Address: Redberry Farm, Geelhoutboom Road, Blanco, George, Garden Route
Telephone: +27 (0)44 870-7123