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A fun, good and wholesome family day out at the Strawberry farm

 Durban is known for its awesome weather, so it only makes sense to spend your days outside… at the Strawberry farm.

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Rows of gorgeously red, lusciously indulgent, perfectly plump strawberries - Yum! 

If you have ever loved the idea of picking your own fresh strawberries, then you need to make your way to Cappeny Estate in Ballito! Cappeny Estate is an urban farm that – in their words – "harvest fresh punnets of nutritious ruby-red strawberries…"

And we have owners Xolani and Yoliswa Gumede to thank for this. 

As the only commercial strawberry farm located on the north coast of the province, it is a mere 10 minutes’ drive from the King Shaka International Airport and five minutes from Ballito CBD. 

The 17-hectare farm was built entirely from scratch by the Gumedes, who are first-generation farmers and proud members of the Ballito community.

The farm offers direct selling of fresh and frozen strawberries all year round and 'Pick-your-Own (PYO)’. Expect to pay R65 per person.

 Strawberry picking is available every Saturday from 9am to 3pm depending on availability and weather (during strawberry season). The farm also offers school tours.

*No other containers are permitted in the fields, except for the ones provided at the farm for picking strawberries. 

For the locals, the highlight of the year is The Ballito Strawberry Festival - a strawberry picking and artisanal-bias lifestyle event where the entire family can enjoy a memorable outdoor experience. 

Held on the last Saturday of September every year, the festival attracts local visitors and holidaymakers from across the country to a fun-filled day of activities, food, music, and, of course, strawberries. 

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and keep hydrated by drinking water for your picking session. If you are really lucky, you might just score some free ice-cream. 

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For more information, visit Cappeny Estate's Facebook page here

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