Agri Kultuur July / Julie 2018 | Page 54

Where Growers Want to Go Brian Berkman With the Pome harvest in the bag by May, most South African apple and pear growers use the down time of June and July to take a break. BRIAN BERKMAN, agricultural PR specialist who helped launch Ceres-grown Witlof on to the market in 2017, the Flash Gala apple in 2018 and has repre- sented Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears into more than 104 countries, for more than 15 years, also writes about travel. Here, in the first of a series, Where Growers Want to Go, he suggests top travel tips: A lthough nearer to Africa than to Europe, the Island of Madeira is a family-friendly destination that is still good value for South Africans. English is widely spoken, (and smatterings of Afrikaans too is heard by the Madeiran ex- pats who returned to the Island after growing up in South Africa.) Globally famous for their wine, Madeira has year-round pleasant temperatures. Stay in the capital Funchal at Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel ( for the classic grande-dame hotel experience on the cliff overlooking the bay of Funchal. Day-trippers can book their celebrated and sophisticated Afternoon Tea on the balcony or book spa treatments. On the opposite of the Island, Calheta is a good place to base yourself if you’d like to take full advantage of the Levadas, hiking trails all over the mountains of Madeira adjacent to the irrigation channels. Also, seeing the cliffy conditions under which the Madeirans grow bananas, sugar cane and wine grapes is inspiration for anyone who farms for a living. In Calheta, the Savoy Saccharum ( is a resort-style hotel themed around sugar cane and rum production. As the island is small and benefits from an excellent road and tunnel network, most areas on Madeira can be reached within the hour. For the ultimate in charming seaside village, Câmara de Lobos, just near Funchal, is a top choice. AgriKultuur |AgriCulture s d Reid Belmon Madeira rt harum Reso c Savoy Sac Savo y Sa ccha rum pool 54