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
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
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.
- Fully equipped
- Accommodating 2-10 persons
- Open from Wednesday - Sunday.
- We serve delicious breakfasts & lunches.
Our menu is varied and caters for all tastes.
- Fully licensed.
- 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.
In the Cheerio Valley on
the Cheerio Road, off the R71.
GPS Co-ordinates: 23' 53,560' South 29' 57,183' East