Treat yourself to a visit to the largest cherry farm in Africa. Taste the famous Ionia Cherry Liqueur, that has become a landmark. Ionia offers cherry tours in season from October to November, pre-booking for visits is essential. Ionia is situated on the Fouriesburg road approximately 25km from Ficksburg. All the wine-red and rosy yellow bunches adorning the orchards are expected to be ripe and easy to pick from the ground.
The Cherry Festival will be presented for the 45th year in succession this year and, while remaining true to its roots, will continue to change with the times — something that has helped to make it the success it is.
I invite each and every one of you to visit us during this year’s Cherry Festival, from 15 to 17 November 2012, for an unbelievable experience. Come and catch Cherry Fever with us! www.cherryfestival.co.za
Blikplek has become an icon of rustic art. Take a stroll through the junk-yard where the world’s biggest collection of old enamel can be seen, rummage through the haphazardly displayed interesting odds and ends or, take a look at the recycled metal artifacts and artistic creations on display in the shop. The variety of objects that are created from recycled junk is awe-inspiring. There is also a shop that sells cherry liquor, sweets, small gifts and lots of other delicacies.
For more info call:Sandra Netherlands - 082 828 8381
The annual Autumn Fair is located 15km from Ficksburg along the Rosendal Road. Visitors will be able to sample the various delicious organic cheeses produced on the farm as well as locally made chocolates, smoked trout, venison and purchase fresh farm produce.
Collection of paintings by top South African artists and murals depicting San rock paintings.
For more info call:Renette Humphreys - 084 664 3491
Private Gun Collection
This can be very interesting for those interested in the history of firearms. Situated approximately 22km out of town, of which 8km is unpaved. Viewing and a talk of the firearm collection, includes a cherry liquor tasting and snacks.
Cost per person = R50
For more info call:Mr Barrett - 051 933 4301 / 082 784 6041
White Mischief boat trip
The barge can seat 28 people on the river cruise which takes about 3 hours. While viewing the abundant game on the banks, meals and drinks can be served. Rates are R95 per person for the boat trip and R20 for parking. Trips will be arranged for a minimum of 10 people. All meals and drinks are extra.
Cost per person = R50
For more info call:082 920 5551