Did you know?
The African potato, or hypoxis, has been used medicinally by traditional healers for centuries.
For a delightful day out, take yourself off to Rosemary Hill, just 10 minutes from Pretoria, and see where organic farming has been practiced for over three decades.
This family-run organic farm prides itself on its welcoming and eco-friendly hospitality where you can potter around the nursery brimming with plants from which essential oils are distilled, nibble some home grown pecan nuts or simply admire over 30 000 fragrant trees and shrubs.
But no visit to Rosemary Hill should exclude high tea (prior booking is essential). You'll feast on cucumber and mint sandwiches, biltong and peppadew tartlets, wholegrain bread cups with salmon and caper berries, mini pancakes with chicken terrine, rosewater-glazed scones with cream and jam, custard-filled filo pastries, decadent cupcakes and creamy coffee chocolate mousse. Choose between 10 different brands of tea, or opt for coffee and a fresh fruit juice.
Before or after tea, take time to wander round the fragrant maze and breathe in aromas from over 3 000 plants, including lavender, rosemary and African potato.
If you feel the need to work off those recently acquired calories, you can follow a variety of mountain bike, running or hiking trails through fields of rosemary, over streams and dams, and though indigenous vegetation. Choose a 6km, 10km or 18km trail.
And if you’re thinking of tying that knot, Rosemary Hill hosts traditional farm weddings, which, as the farm says, 'won’t break the bank' and will leave you with wonderful memories.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)12 802 0052
How to get here
From Johannesburg take the N4 east to Emalahleni (Witbank). Take the Boschkop/Donkerhoek offramp. Go through the toll gate, turn right and continue on the dirt road for 2km to Rosemary Hill on your right.
Best time to visit
Spring and summer are the most fragrant months. High tea is served Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, and on Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm. The restaurant is open for light meals and breakfasts on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 2pm.
What will it cost
High tea approximately R135 per person; running and cycling trails approximately. R20 per adult, R10 per child.
Where to stay
There’s a spacious two-person thatch cottage on site. Prior booking essential.
What to eat
High tea here is essential!
Organic produce and products from the farm. There's a farm market on the second and last Friday of each month, 4pm to 10pm.