Did you know?
Cheese first appeared somewhere around 7000 BC, during the Neolithic period.
Wegraakbosch Farm is an eco-friendly farm with a dairy that produces traditional Mutchli, Emmenthaler, Harvati, Tilsiter, Feta and cream cheeses. Stroll around the farm, take a cheese dairy tour and round it all off with a delicious ploughman's platter lunch.
Wegraakbosch is the creation of owners Nipper and Sylvia Thompson, first inspired to create cheese by a dairy they visited in the Wandel Alps on a trip to Switzerland. There they learned the art of organic cheese making and decided to put it into practice in Limpopo's beautiful Magoebaskloof in 1986.
A herd of Swiss brown cows and a few Saanen goats provide the milk for Wegraakbosch Farm's organic cheeses, which are handmade in the traditional Swiss way with live cultures. From cow to curd to cheese, there are no machines involved.
Wegraakbosch Farm is a soul-satisfying spot. The house and dairy are solar-powered. For over 20 years now, no fertilisers or herbicides have been used at all on the farm. Only compost and manure are used in the cultivation of crops and all weeding is done by hand. Or by the pigs that are deployed to trim the fields.
On your dairy tour, you will be taken through the entire cheese production process – from the milking of the cows and goats to the stirring of curds, which is done in a massive copper cauldron. Find out how cheeses are shaped and cooled, and fascinating things like how 'good bacteria' are used to mature the cheese and keep the dairy clean.
You will, of course, get to taste some of Wegraakbosch’s delicious organic cheeses. The dairy has a selection of cheese for sale, and you can relax after your tour with a glass of wine and a wholesome cheese-centric lunch overlooking the breathtaking mountains of the Limpopo province.
Travel tips & Planning info
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How to get here
From Johannesburg take the N1 north to Polokwane. Just before Polokwane turn left onto the R71 to Tzaneen (via Haenertsburg village). About 5km from Haenertsburg, turn left onto the Cheerio Road and follow the signs to Wegraakbosch Farm.
Best time to visit
Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Magoebaskloof because that's when the resident cherry trees and azaleas blossom; the area also hosts a Spring Festival in late September.
Around the area
Cheerio Gardens is a public garden that is famed for its spring spectacle of flowering azaleas and cherry blossoms. The Wolkberg Wilderness area is perfect for hiking, rambling and picnicking. And don't forget to visit the Sunland Baobab, South Africa's largest baobab tree.
What to pack
Walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, binoculars, camera and an appetite for cheese.
Where to stay
Nearby is Stanford Lake Cottages, offering pleasant self-catering accommodation on the banks of scenic Stanford Lake. Cheerio Gardens, neighbours to Wegraakbosch Farm, also offers self-catering cottages set in a beautiful garden.
What to eat
Wegraakbosch Farm offers delicious light lunches featuring their organic cheeses. The nearby Pot & Plow restaurant makes the best pizzas in Limpopo. And at the Iron Crown pub in Haenertsburg village, you can enjoy large lunches, cold beer and good cheer.
Haenertsburg Spring Fair in late September.
Wegraakbosch Farm's organic cheese, of course.