Visit the oldest asparagus farm in South Africa, founded by William Joughin Deemster in 1906, where the first asparagus was planted. The name Deemster originated from the Isle of Man, and it means “King”. Organized tours are available in season from September to December. Visit the factory for ex-stock throughout the year. Deemster is situated 20km from Ficksburg on the Clocolan road. Contact Annemarie at 051 933 2368/9. E-mail email@example.com.
Treat yourself to a visit to the largest cherry farm in Africa. Taste the famous Ionia Cherry Liqueur, which 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. Contact Renè at 051 933 4302 Charlie’s Products have left their mark on Ficksburg as far as cherry products are concerned. Charlie’s Products are available for tasting and sales. Products include liqueur, maraschino, schnapps, brandied cherries in syrup etc. For tasting contact Charles at 051 933 4301
Cherry Tree Growers
Visit Braamhoek, Gumtree (15km outside Ficksburg, on-route to Clocolan) to see how cherry trees and other fruit trees are cultivated. Enjoy tea & scones while strolling through their magnificent gardens. Appointments: Claire 083 274 6354
Dam Leisure Tour
Cruise around the Meulspruit dam on the White Mischief that seats 22 people. . For further details contact Gavin Boy at 082 920 5551 or tel 051-933 3543, fax 051 933 3317.
Highest Sandstone Building in South Africa
Visit the Old Mill in Gumtree. This unique building can be viewed at any time. 15 km outside Ficksburg, on-route to Clocolan.
Katse Dam Wall Tour
Treat yourself to breathtaking views of Lesotho. Guided tour of the Katse Dam wall. Duration of the tour is one day. Passports are essential. Bookings in advance, contact Jack Sorour 083 456 6047.
This unique tour takes you back in time. Visit old Sandstone buildings, the Grave Yard and other interesting places, each with its own history told by a guide. Contact Dave for a guided tour: 082 717 1255
Steam Train Enthusiasts
Wander through time as you see beautifully restored steam trains and visit the vintage tractor museum at Sandstone. Viewing by appointment only. Contact Teresa 051 933 2619 or 082 990 5639.
Tours to Lesotho
Visit Katse Dam or go trout fishing in crisp clear mountain streams, for the more adventures 4x4 trips in Lesotho. Contact Koos at 082 550 1569 / Jack 083 456 6047