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Say Cheese!

Everyone enjoys a picnic out in the country and the Van Gaalen Cheese Farm near Hartbeespoort and Magaliesburg is just the perfect spot for a day out in the country!

Only an hours’ drive from Johannesburg this spot is ideal for an early morning bike ride, a romantic picnic or a family fun day including lunch and a cheese tour. Guided tours take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, unless you are making a group booking. The tour is approximately an hour and a half and is an exciting experience for both young and old. It combines a demonstration of the cheese making process with special Dutch Cheese tasting. To end off, guests are offered a coffee or juice with a fresh slice of Apple Cake and an opportunity to browse through the deli and purchase and array of cheeses and/or souvenirs!

Light lunches, which obviously also includes cheese platters, are offered at the restaurant where there is an outside kiddie play area. If you prefer a more rustic family picnic or couples picnic lunch, the Farm are happy to arrange a basket packed full of cold meats, salads, olives, pickles, bread, Dutch biscuits, fruit and you guessed it, the star of the show, Cheese! Take you basket goodies down to the Skeerpoort River and enjoy a relaxing afternoon away from the hustle and bustle.  

Many Sports people are attracted to the area because of the beautiful Magaliesberg Trails which extend over approximately 30 private properties in the area and include trails for hiking, birding, MTB, trail running and horse riding. Van Gaalen offers day permits for their walking, hiking and mountain bike trails.

Things to do and see

  • Guided Tours
  • Picnics
  • Hiking & Mountain Bike Trails
  • Restaurant & Coffee Shop
  • Deli & Curio Shop
  • Kids Play Area
  • Events & Function Facilities
  • Milk Cottage Accommodation


Admission to Shop and Restaurant, Free

Guided Tours: Adults, R90 & Children U18, R60 (Wednesday & Saturday at 10h00)

            Group bookings can be pre-arranged for any time

Picnic Baskets Prices between R260 & R600 (Bookings are essential)

Trail Permit Prices on request. Trails open at 06h00 on weekends during summer & 07h00 during winter

Prices subject to change, please contact the Farm directly to confirm

Find Us

From Johannesburg: Take the R512 travelling past Lanseria Airport until you reach the T-Junction. At the Broederstroom T-junction turn left. Continue straight, over the mountain, past Pecanwood and the dam, until you reach another T-Junction. Turn left and immediately on the right you will find the entrance to Van Gaalen

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