Milking The Cows At Irene Dairy Farm


Living in the city of Johannesburg means we are surrounded by big buildings, malls and a puff of smoke. Don’t get me wrong, I am a city girl through and through, but I also like escaping out of the city and exploring the country side. Irene Dairy Farm allows for just that. Although nestled between the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, whether you are a city girl or a country girl, you will have the best of both worlds.

Started in 1895, this old-style dairy farm has become an iconic landmark in the Gauteng country side, as it is the only one of its kind that it still operational and functioning.

This picturesque little hidden gem has a lot to offer and is perfect for a Sunday outing. You can take a walk around the farm amongst the dairy cows and watch the swans in the ponds. You can also enjoy a meal at one of the two restaurants that the farm has to offer. Or you can visit the dairy shop, buy some goodies and set up a picnic under the trees. The dairy shop sells the actual milk from the farm, the most delicious greek yoghurt, milkshakes, cheeses, rusks and a whole selection of homemade goodies.

A few Sundays ago we woke up with an urge to explore and Irene Dairy Farm was just the right place. A short little drive from Johannesburg and we were at the farm in no time. On arrival, we first went into the dairy farm, just like a natural foodie should, to see what goodies were on offer. We bought some milkshakes and a few snacks and took a walk around the farm soaking up the beauty of it.

As they say life is better on a farm, I can now see why 🙂

 Irene Dairy Farm:Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Pretoria, Gauteng


  1. I have very fond memories of Irene Dairy Farm. I grew up close to there and we used to visit very often. We still have some of the little pink bucket-containers (which is a mini version of that huge milk buckets) in which used to they sell their yogurt.
    That shop also had the best koeksisters in the world. I’m not a koeksister-fan, unless it comes from there 🙂
    Thanks for bringing back fond memories, it’s definitely time for me to visit again xx

  2. Hi there, would it be possible to milk a cow? I haven’t done this since I was 5…
    Thank you


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