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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

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