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Walking under the Pine Trees of Paradyskloof in Stellenbosch (2021-01-23) Nature and Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 05 MAR 2021

Previously, on our way to the sublime Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden on the outskirts of the Paradyskloof suburb of Stellenbosch, we passed by what looked to be an informal parking area in front of a gate that in turn guarded a pine plantation – but which most importantly appeared to freely allow people to walk or ride through it. As it turns out, we had passed the gate into Eden Forest, otherwise known as the Paradyskloof nature area, another mountain bike and hiking mecca for Stellenbosch locals.

Forming part of the comprehensive Stellenbosch Trails system (maintained through a partnership between the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Stellenbosch Trail Fund community organisation) that crisscross the lower ranges of the Stellenbosch mountain, the Paradyskloof gate puts you slap bang in the middle of the trail network that stretches from the University of Stellenbosch owned Coetzenburg rugby fields on the left, all the way across to the vineyards of the Mont Marie wine estate on the right.

The area is littered with well maintained mountain bike trails covering both single and jeep track options, including the popular Mark Gordon created and cheekily named G-Spot MTB Trail, to test your skills out on. Of course, the trails aren’t restricted to people racing about on bicycles either, offering plenty to tackle for the hiker marching about on foot. Fynbos, mountain ridges, views for days, and of course as this particular section of the trails indicate, a Pine Forest to waddle through.

Towards the end of January, Chantelle and I chanced the sweltering Summer sun and took the girls out for a walk under these very trees, which they begrudgingly did and hopefully enjoyed. (Its always hard to tell because the initial excitement wears off pretty quickly and then the bargaining with rewards has to swoop in to save the day). We marched about without aim or any sort of plan, and so didn’t necessarily walk particularly far, but it was a good workout accompanied by some crisp clean air – in other words exactly what one wanted after being cooped up for so long following the various earlier Covid-19 lockdowns.

Walk now complete, we next drove our sweaty selves around Stellenbosch, doing general sightseeing and even popping into Adam & Eve Collab to scope out their newly announced on the side Ceramic painting initiative, followed by a drive out and visit to an even better option when it comes to decorating and glazing your own ceramic creations, the aptly name Ceramic Cafe in Raithby, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Naturally the girls are now very adamant that we immediately set aside some time to spend a Saturday afternoon doing this! And then of course the aforementioned rewards earlier proffered needed to be honored, hence the final photo of the girls eating soothing McFlurry ice creams in the very crisply air-conditioned halls of McDonalds at Waterstone Village in Somerset West. (Honestly, at this sweaty point in the day I didn’t actually mind doling out this reward! :D)

Picking Cherries at the Klondyke Cherry Farm near Ceres (2016-12-10) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 08 APR 2017

Last December Chantelle and I slipped away for a weekend without the kids in the lovely little historic town of Tulbagh. However, as you might have noticed by now, I don’t normally enjoy hanging about in one place for very long, and so naturally we found ourselves spending more time out and about than staying at the actual guest house! Case in point – we first drove all the way to Ceres because we wanted to see if the Dennebos Resort from our childhood still exists, and with that done, then promptly decided to drive another 34km out to the middle of nowhere in order to pick some cherries.

Or rather more accurately, we paid a visit to the famous Klondyke Cherry Farm.

A popular tourist attraction in the area, Klondyke is a a working fruit farm in the Koue Bokkeveld on the outskirts of the Ceres valley.

In terms of crops, the farm has cherries, pears and apples counted among its numerous orchards, and also hosts a campsite and a couple of self-catering cottages.

The big drawcard is of course cherry picking season, during which Klondyke opens its gates to the public, charging them a small entrance fee so that they may grab some containers and head out into the cherry orchards to pick as many cherries as what their hearts desire.

This you then bring back for weighing and paying, after which you can then setup your picnic/portable braai and enjoy some quality time under the shade provided by the large grove of massive pine trees!

It would appear that this is a massively popular attraction, and despite the farm being literally out in the middle of nowhere, there is an almost constant stream of people entering the grounds! (Chantelle and I were amazed!)

I’m not a massive fan of cherries (Chantelle however is), but I have to say, it was rather fun hunting through all the trees trying to find the best looking fruit, and more importantly, trying to find the trees which haven’t yet been ravished by any other eager cherry pickers!

Mind you, it is pretty hot and sweaty work, so best remember to bring a hat and some sunscreen!

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Definitely worth the trek if you have some bored kids on your hands and can maybe pull together a good group of friends for a day out under the trees!

Related Link: Klondyke Cherry Farm | Facebook