Kuhestan Organic Farm in the Magoebaskloof offers weekend cooking courses focused on the methods and flavours of Persian cuisine. These cooking courses are a wonderful way to feed mind, body and soul while learning something new in a gorgeous mountain setting.

Did you know?

The Magoebaskloof is named after Chief Magkoba, who ruled here in the late 18th century.

Kuhestan Organic Farm is located on the crest of the majestic Magoebaskloof Pass in Limpopo province, adjacent to the Afro-montaine forest, which is a haven for birds and the rare, shy samango monkey.

The farm offers luxury self-catering accommodation situated in beautiful gardens overlooking the Woodbush Forest.

Each of the two cottages comprises two self-contained, fully furnished studio-style units (double or twin beds) with fully equipped, quality kitchens.

But the proverbial cherry on top is that owner Shahrzad Hone, Persian by birth, offers Persian cooking classes held in the spacious farmhouse kitchen.

Ancient Persian culture dates back some 2 500 years, and being a major part of the famous Silk Route, Persian cuisine is rich with combinations of fragrant herbs and spices. Hone is famous for her Persian lunches.

This organic farm also makes a range of cordials and preserves that are sold both nationally and internationally. The farm products are based on traditional recipes and, as such, are prepared with absolutely no artificial ingredients, preservatives, colourants, or other additives

The massive landscaped open gardens are characterised by ancient hardwood trees, sweeping lawns and brightly coloured flower beds blooming with azaleas, roses, hydrangea, day lilies and more. These beautiful gardens are also open to visitors who are not staying at the farm.

Visitors to Kuhestan will not only experience Persian hospitality at its best, but will also be able to breathe in fresh mountain air and have their bodies and souls rejuvenated by the beautiful surroundings.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Kuhestan Organic Farm
Tel: +27 (0)82 903 7593
Email: info@kuhuestan.co.za

How to get here

From Johannesburg take the N1 to Polokwane. Shortly before Polokwane take the R71 to Tzaneen and follow the signs to Haenertsburg, some 60km further. Kuhestan Organic Farm is 10km outside Haenertsburg.

Best time to visit

Kuhestan's cooking courses are available all year round, but spring (September/October) is a particularly beautiful time in the area.

Around the area

The Haenertsburg Spring Fair is held every September. There's also a Berry Festival over the second weekend of February, which attracts more than a thousand visitors. Kuhestan (which cultivates raspberries) and Blueberry Heights are open for berry picking and there's a market in the village of Haenertsburg.

Tours to do

Wegraakbosch Organic Cheese Farm is nearby and will show you all about the making of its delicious 100% organic cheeses.

What will it cost

Rates are R790 per night single occupancy and R550 per person per night sharing. Enquire directly about cooking courses.

What to pack

An apron and a notebook (for jotting down recipes and helpful kitchen hints). Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are also recommended. And don't forget to bring an appetite.

Where to stay

Kuhestan Organic Farm has self-catering chalets on the farm.

What to eat

What you cook, of course.