Looking for something to do while glamping it up at Koester Farm? Get cheesy at Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij just outside of Hartbeespoort and about 40 minutes’ drive from Koesterfontein Farm. Van Gaalen is based in Skeerpoort, a village at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains. They are open six days a week from 8 am to 5 pm and only closed on Tuesdays.
Van Gaalen has a lot to offer including a restaurant, facilities for conferences, weddings, and team-building. They can also arrange lunches, picnics, and wine tastings. The shop boasts an impressive range of cheeses, wines, preserves, souvenirs, and some Dutch delights. And the restaurant offers all things cheesy. You can even go hiking, horse riding, mountain biking or trail running on the Skeerpoort Trails.
Their cheese is made with farm fresh milk which gives the cheese an unusual flavour. Their cheese-making process is still the same after centuries and although the process has not been modernised, technology assists with the heavier work. The owner, Annelies, uses traditional Dutch recipes and her range consists of more than 30 different cheeses such as Gouda, pepper cheese, feta, cheese spread, nut cheese, and Italian herb cheese.
Van Gaalen also offers guided tours that include a demonstration, cheese tasting, coffee or juice, and a slice of Dutch apple cake. The tour takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 10 am and can be done for individuals or groups in English, Afrikaans, German, and Dutch. Tours for groups are by appointment only. You can contact them on [email protected] or visit their website on www.vangaalen.co.za.
So, next time you come visit us at Koester Glamping Farm, take a trip to Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij and be nutty (cheese) romantics, milk your family time, and Gouda extra mile… We are being so cheesy, we know .
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A closer look at Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort or Harties is a small town situated on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain and known for the Hartbeespoort Dam and the rapids of the Crocodile River. It’s also only an hour’s drive from Koesterfontein Glamping Farm! There are also many great things to do and although the town is small, it has a rich history:
• The name of the town means “gateway of the hartbees” (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. It was previously known as Schoemansville, named after General Hendrik Schoeman, who owned the farm Hartbeespoort Dam was built on.
• Hartbeespoort Dam is used for irrigation and domestic use. Construction began in 1916 and was completed in 1923 and has a total capacity of 195 million m3.
• The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway goes to the top of the Magaliesberg and is the longest mono cableway in Africa. It is one of the main attractions in Hartbeespoort and was originally constructed in 1973. At the top of the cableway, there are gorgeous views and a restaurant waiting.
• The Elephant Sanctuary started in 1999 and grew from 5 elephants to a total of 12. The elephants have been domesticated through positive reinforcement animal management principles to give you the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.
• At the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park, visitors can see a variety of animals including lions, tigers, snakes, and a variety of birds in between the gorgeous stone walls.
Come join us at Koesterfontein Glamping Farm and drive through one day to experience some of the Harties magic during your stay! We can’t wait to see you!
Cherish nature – Nurture yourself