During our road trip through the Garden Route in South Africa, we were leaving Mossel Bay and driving to George. There was one stop I wanted to make, and that was visiting Redberry Farm just outside of George. The Redberry Farm is in a beautiful spot with the Outeniqua Mountains around it.
Redberry Farm is a commercial strawberry farm, but also offers a variety of activities for families. We arrived quite early and immediately went into the shop to purchase our tickets for the day. We knew what the Redberry Farm offered and wanted to try doing the outdoor activities before it became too hot outside.
Feeding the rabbits
Redberry Farm provides a variety of activities. We decided to feed the rabbits, do the Maze and pick strawberries. There are also other activities on offer such as riding a mini train, pony rides, bubble ball (rolling around in an inflated ball), but the kids decided they were far too grown up for such “childish” activities.
We first made our way to the rabbit enclosure. We were a bit disappointed though as the enclosure was built in such a way that we could not directly feed the rabbits, we had to throw the food to them.
The Redberry Farm Maze is amazing!
From there we decided to try the Redberry Farm Maze. The maze was quite impressive. It is apparently the largest permanent maze in the southern hemisphere! The purpose of this maze was not to find the exit, which was a bit different to other mazes I had done in the past. Each one of us was given a card and had to find seven stations in the maze. Each maze has a different stamp you have to use on the allocated spot on the card.
We loved the maze. Initially, my daughter and her friends enjoyed it, but once they realized that we would not find all seven stations in 10 minutes, they became a bit impatient and wanted to give up. There was no way I was going to allow that. This was the ideal opportunity to teach them about perseverance, patience and completing what you start.
We found almost all of the stations and had to ask other families and couples if they knew where we could find the other stations. We eventually found all the stations. Getting all the stamps were so satisfying! Doing the maze took us just over an hour, but we were getting a bit tired by then as it was getting hot and the amount of walking we did in the maze was unbelievable! But it was a good way to get some exercise, have fun and learn at the same time. By this time the maze was getting busy, and we were glad that we had done this activity first.
Taking a break
From here we went to the shop and each one of us was awarded a prize for completing the maze! This obviously made the girls smile and then they were glad we pushed them to finish it!
We had some strawberry juice (of course!) from the little shop on the Redberry Farm just to get some energy for our next activity.
It was around 11:00 by this time and Redberry Farm was getting busy.
Picking strawberries at the Redberry Farm
We decided to pick strawberries. It is something I had never done before and had always wanted to do! Each one of us chose a basket for our strawberries. The Redberry Farm Staff showed us where we were allowed to pick and also what a ripe strawberry looked like. And then the fun started!
Finding strawberries that were perfectly ripe and beautiful were not difficult, but no one wanted to pick the tiny ones. It didn’t take too long to fill our baskets, and before we knew it we were done!
We washed the strawberries, and that was the end of our visit to the Redberry Farm near George in the Garden Route. The strawberries were the perfect snack to eat in the car!
The Redberry Farm: a MUST-visit for families visiting the Garden Route
Overall, it was a fun place to spend a morning, even when you have moody teenagers with you! The Redberry Farm is a lovely place to spend time as a family. There are enough activities to satisfy everyone, and there is a beautiful tea garden as well. Worth taking the time for a visit!
Have you ever picked strawberries or other fruit? Do you and your family like doing mazes?