The Irene Dairy Farm is located just off the biggest highway in South Africa, the N1, which links Joburg to Pretoria. When you arrive at the farm, it feels as though you’ve driven 100 years back in time. In fact, Irene farm was founded in 1895 when the first European settlers entered the area. It still functions to this day as a dairy farm, and the shop sells the most delicious melktart (a sort of local cheesecake) and runs a lovely outdoor restaurant cooled with mist-sprayers.
I took my mom and my 3 year old Tommy to the Irene Dairy Farm on a recent outing. We left Tommy with his nanny Nomsa to play at the children’s area while we went to the adjoining Camdeboo Day Spa. The spa is set in a converted horse stable with thick, stone walls, and each room is cool and pleasant. After our treatment we took a dip in an outdoor infinity pool, then returned to the play area to find Tommy happily climbing on an antique tractor.
It was great day, and a wonderful way to escape the asphalt and skyscrapers of Joburg. For more info, go here.