Redberry Farm, in George on the Garden Route, is an ideal destination for berry-lovers, fun-seeking families and outdoor enthusiasts. This idyllic farmstead is a commercial strawberry grower and popular family entertainment venue that appeals to visitors of all ages. Experiences on offer include picking your own strawberries, exploring the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere, a Tea Garden and Farm Stall, the Red Shed Coffee & Berry Bar, a miniature train ride on the Redberry Express, a large outdoor playground, pedal go-carts and pony rides. We also have bumper boats and bubble balls on the dam.
Visitors can experience a taste of paradise with Framboos’s handcrafted ice cream, the Noshery’s wood-fired pizza and Houtbosch’s local wines and craft beer.
For those wishing to make a holiday of it, we offer accommodation on-site in a historic cottage. This spot is perfect for families that want to experience the peaceful nature of the farm and take their time to enjoy all the entertainment options.
The land that Redberry Farm is built on has a rich history. Redberry Farm was established in 2000 by Dave Cruse and Mark Miller, who purchased the land from a dairy farmer. An old mushroom pack house was later purchased, where strawberries are now processed, packed and distributed all over South Africa and to the Middle East.
The accommodation cottage is over 120 years old and was built by C.J. Langenhoven’s family, who originally lived in it. Additions have been made to extend and modernise the building, but the original structure is still intact, with its thick walls and Fisherman’s cottage shape. Several of the Langenhoven family graves have also been preserved on the premises.
A variety of trees were planted, and the garden was landscaped transforming the Kikuyu pastures into beautiful lawns and gardens.
Over the years, the strawberry fields were extended and buildings renovated to create a flourishing tea garden and outdoor family experience.
Rows and rows of strawberries now cover the land, along with some raspberry and blueberry trials.
About our farmer
Mark Miller is our chief farmer and an owner of Redberry Farm. Originally from Kokstad, Mark settled in George in 2000 with his wife and children. He has a BAgric Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, following in the farming footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Mark chose to farm strawberries because the climate in the region is ideal for berry growing. This is a high value crop that can be farmed on a relatively small area.
The Tea Garden, shop and strawberry picking opened for visitors from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Another portion of land was purchased from the van Blerk family, who originally used it for private pastures and crops. Wooden play equipment was added and Fiona de Villiers took over the Farm Stall, pioneering its growth for years to come.
The initial Farm Stall building was expanded and upgraded.
Pony rides were added as a children’s activity. This was also the first year that Redberry Farm hosted the Outeniqua Hop Festival, now known as The Strawberry Festival.
The hedge maze was planted, covering one hectare of ground. Another portion of land was purchased from Denny Mushrooms.
The Redberry Express Mini Train and Bubble Ball were introduced as additional activities.
The hedge maze officially opened after growing into the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere.
Another portion of private land was acquired from Robert Young. The first raspberry and blackberry experimental trial block was planted.
The highest strawberry tonnage was achieved, with 403 tons excluding pulp used for jam and second grade cuts. Upgrades were made to the kitchen, Farm Stall and Red Shed Coffee & Berry Bar.
Pedal go-carts were added as a new family activity. The landscaped gardens were enlarged and a water feature was added.
Artisanal eateries — Houtbosch Wine & Craft Beer, Framboos Handcrafted Ice Cream and The Noshery Pizzeria & Deli — were introduced.