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The Irene Dairy Farm, Centurion, Gauteng

The Irene Dairy Farm between Pretoria and Johannesburg is more than a dairy farm…and more than an amazing place to eat or stay – rolled together, this picture postcard pretty farm in Centurion near Pretoria is a ‘must do’ if you are visiting Gauteng for more than a few days.

If you were dropped there blindfolded, you’d be forgiven for thinking you weren’t  in Africa, nor even in the twenty first century. The working farm retains authentic historical charm. The farm is full of trees, including ancient old oaks, and in summer it is exceptionally lush and green.

Buffets brunches are the big attraction at the Irene farm at two farm-style restaurants, open 7 days a week from 8 till 5 pm. There is also a shop selling deli goods and fresh dairy products produced on the farm – including thick cream that will ruin your taste buds for anything else.

A lodge offers weekend accommodation, and besides eating till you pop and wondering around the farm (think the movie ‘Babe’ – only bigger with lots of black and white cows), there are nearby golf courses and the Rietvlei Museum.

The Irene Dairy Farm is a haven of peace and tanquility in Gauteng – whether for a day or a weekend.

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Note: The Irene Dairy Farm is a cashless environment, only taking credit and debt cards.

Directions From OR Tambo Airport: Take the R21 from OR TAMBO Airport towards Pretoria: Take the M31 Off-ramp onto Nellmapius Drive, Irene: At the stop street, turn left onto Nellmapius Drive: Carry on with Nellmapius Drive, under a bridge to a 4-way Stop Street: Go over the Stop Street and carry on towards a traffic circle: Turn left at the circle, into Dr Livingston Drive and the Irene Dairy.

Directions from Johannesburg: Take the Ben Schoeman Highway (N1) from Johannesburg towards Pretoria: Take the Pietersburg/Polokwane highway split: Take the first off-ramp, John Vorster Drive: At the end of the off-ramp, turn right: Carry on John Vorster Drive over 4 traffic lights towards Irene: At the 4th robot, turn left. There will be a golf course on the left-hand side: Irene Dairy Farm is situated approximately 1500m onwards: Pass 2 traffic circles, turn right at the 3rd circle into Dr Livingston Drive. GPS Coordinates: S 25º 52″ 42.1572′ E 28º 12″ 50.115′

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