Stock up on home-made goat cheese at Chané Cheese Farm near Mtubatuba in KZN.
Looking for a padkos pit stop in Maputaland? Ditch the garage pies and pick a platter of home-made goat cheese at Chané outside Mtubatuba. You can also go on a cheese tour (R60 per adult; R30 per child), where you’ll get to milk a goat and learn about the process of cheesemaking, finished off with a tasting of Zululand’s finest goat cheeses. Let the kids run amok in the play area and on the mini-golf greens, while you take in the view of tree-lined hills from the restaurant deck. Order a cheese platter for four people (R135) and nibble your way through a selection of roquefort,
feta, chevin and plenty more. There are also burgers on the menu – the enormous double cheese and bacon burger is a winner (R95) – and wood-fired pizzas (large about R130). A visit to the cheese farm is a great outing in between spotting hippos at St Lucia, and it’s a nice stop if you want to break your journey on the N2 going to or from Durban. That said, there’s plenty more to do here so you might want to stay over. Go horse riding (guided ride R350 per hour; kids’ pony ride R50) or head off into the surrounding plantations on one of the walking and mountain-bike trails. Self-catering accommodation starts at R1 000 for a four-sleeper unit; R500 for a twin-sleeper chalet. Dinner is available on request. Before you get back into your car, make sure to stock up on organic cheese, jam and chilli paste at the farm stall. Where? Nkosi Mtuba Road, off the R618 between Mtubatuba and St Lucia. ( There’s 4 km of gravel to reach the farm; fine for two-wheeldrive vehicles.) Opening times: Daily from 8 am to 4 pm. Contact: 082 321 5000; cheesefarm.co.za