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NOTE PLEASE THAT THE 10AM SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED BUT YOU MAY STILL FIND TICKETS FOR THE 2PM SESSION.


Heritage apple and pear varieties that are no longer in commercial production are being saved for future generations in the Tru-Cape Heritage Orchard on Oak Valley Estate, Elgin.


Each year Tru-Cape opens the Heritage Orchard for two guided walkabouts but last year, because of the detrimental impact of the drought, the company thought it safer not to expose the orchard to the stress of visitors. “We are pleased to say the orchard will be open again in 2019 but only on Saturday, March 16 for two sessions: 10am and 2pm.

“Although the orchard visits are free of charge we have to limit the number of people and so tickets have to be booked at Quicket and shown at the gate,” Nel says.


People can expect to see, touch and taste older varieties such as Northern Spy, Pomme de Neige and many others.

The tour is hosted by Tru-Cape’s Quality Assurance Manager, Henk Griessel and Buks Nel at Oak Valley Estate. 

According to Griessel and Nel who co-authored a book on historic apple varietals, “Apples in the early days at the Cape”, available for purchase at the open days and from Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing at R300 a copy, the Kroonappel will be one of the varieties available to taste.


Please note that no seating, bathroom or refreshment facilities will be available in the orchard and people should consider sensible walking shoes and be sure to have appropriate weather and sun protection.



Make a reservation for lunch at The Pool Room restaurant on Oak Valley Estate., contact: 021 859 4111 or [email protected]

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127 Oak Avenue, Grabouw, 7160

Runs from Sat 16 Mar 2019 at 10:00 AM

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