Cheerio Gardens

Cheerio Gardens, Magoebaskloof. Limpopo

Cheerio Gardens, Magoebaskloof. Limpopo

Cheerio Gardens, Magoebaskloof. Limpopo

Cheerio Gardens, Magoebaskloof. Limpopo

Cheerio Gardens, Magoebaskloof. Limpopo

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Cheerio Gardens was established by Sheila (Box) Thompson after she was discharged from the army in 1946. She was a keen botanist and wanted to establish indigenous plants in the area. Because of the cool temperatures in the valley, she also decided to grow deciduous trees and shrubs from the northern hemisphere. These included maples and flowering cherries which boasted beautiful autumn colors.
A lot of the indigenous bulbs were eaten by bush pigs, porcupines and moles. Even tree ferns were eaten by porcupines during the drought. 
The garden was eventually established by Box Thompson, Audrey (Googoo) Thompson and Station (a Mozambican).
All the terraces where made by hand, and the love and dedication that went into the task is visible as you wander along the moss-covered pathways.

The garden has stayed in the same family since inception. Our vision is for visitors to enjoy the peace and tranquility the gardens have to offer.


3 Self-catering cottages:

  • Fully equipped
  • Accommodating 2-10 persons


Tea Garden

  • Open from Wednesday - Sunday.
  • We serve delicious breakfasts & lunches. Our menu is varied and caters for all tastes.
  • Fully licensed.

The Gardens

  • Walks through the garden.
  • A perfect afternoon's leisurely walk. At the moment our gardens are ablaze with autumn colors.
  • Picnic spots. Bring a blanket, a bottle of good wine and a picnic basket, we supply the garden, the tree, the flowers and the peaceful surroundings.


  • Chapel & Wedding venue seating up to 150 guests. Ideal spot for a gentle garden wedding. We can also assist with catering and facilitating.
  • Conference Venue seating up to 250 guests
  • Venue hire - for that special function.
  • Kiddies' parties - lots of space for kids to run around and have fun.

    There are three trout dams on the property. Bring a fishing rod for the kids while you relax with a glass of wine. 

    In the Cheerio Valley on the Cheerio Road, off the R71.
    GPS Co-ordinates: 23' 53,560' South 29' 57,183' East