3 Days Weekend Cooking at Puschka Farm, South Africa

  • Puschka Farm & Cooking Retreat, Buffelsfontein JQ 382, Magaliesberg, South Africa

Organic Farm Cooking Holiday in South Africa

Join Puschka Farm for this amazing holiday in South Africa! You will stay at a farm where they grow their own vegetables, herb garden, and their own wheat from which they make their own wholewheat bread and pasta. In the cooking classes which take place in Puschka House, they bring in chefs to give cooking classes for a day, or for a weekend; they focus on cooking, eating and fun! You are guaranteed to have a good time whether you come along and join a group of like-minded people or whether you make up your own group!


  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Morning and afternoon cooking classes
  • Local South African wines together with meals
  • Use of organic ingredients from the garden
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Puschka Cottage

Nestling in the bush on the side of a hill this thatched cottage with its own swimming pool is the ideal romantic getaway for two people or for a family of up to 6.


  • 1 double bed
  • 2 queen-size beds
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Anthracite stove for winter evenings
  • Braai (barbeque) area
  • DSTV and DVD player
  • Fireplace kitchen/eating area
  • Full bathroom
  • Large living room
  • Separate toilet
  • Small sitting area
  • Swimming pool

Puschka House

Puschka House is located on the opposite side of the river to Puschka Cottage and is amongst some large gum trees giving it a typical South African farmhouse feel. Slightly larger than Puschka Cottage. Puschka House with its own splash pool is perfect for a larger family or group of up to 8 people.


  • 1 two single beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 3 queen size beds
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Braai (barbeque) facilities
  • DSTV and a DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Large kitchen
  • Large living/dining area
  • Plunge pool
  • Separate toilet
  • Stoep
  • Wood burning stove for winter nights

Puschka Bush Cottage

Located in the bush at the far end of the farm, Puschka Bush Cottage is the perfect place to escape to!


  • 2 bedroms
  • 2 queen size beds
  • 12 volt fridge
  • Balcony
  • Bathroom
  • Braai(barbecue) facilities
  • Gas heater
  • Gas stove
  • Kitchen
  • Living area
  • Outside sitting area
  • Paraffin lamps
  • Sliding doors
  • Solar panels
  • Toilet
  • Wood burning boiler
  • Wood burning stove with 2 couches

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Get all together at 18:00 at the main farmhouse to get to know each other.
  • You will have a light supper while sitting at big tables on the farmhouse stoep.

Day 2 - Cooking classes and free time

  • This morning, after a light breakfast, you will start your first cooking class at 09:30 so that you will be ready to eat at about 13:00.
  • The afternoon is spent resting, swimming or walking so that you can be ready for your second class at 18:00.

Day 3 - Cooking class and departure

  • This morning, after a light breakfast, you will start your third and final class at 09:30.
  • After feasting on what you have cooked, it is time to say goodbye to your old and new friends.
  • Cooking classes
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Birdwatch the bird life is prolific so bring your binoculars and bird book.
  • Go for walks - there are easy walks along the roads or you can hike through the veld if you want something more stimulating.
  • Look at the animals we have Nguni cattle, Boergoats, chickens, turkeys, geese and horses.
  • Picnic by the river or in the veld - we have cleared a couple of spots on the river bank where you can picnic, unfortunately no fires please!
  • Relax, rejuvenate, and revitalise - the air is clean, the place is beautiful and it is quiet.
  • Ride your mountain bike - there are roads on the farm as well as quiet dirt roads in the area where you can ride your bike (sorry but we do not allow quads and offroad motor bikes).
  • Swim - Puschka House has a splash pool and Puschka Cottage a full size swimming pool. There are also swimming holes in the river.
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 cooking classes
  • Daily meals with wine


If you are travelling out to us, best to use the Google map provided. Garmin coordinates. After heavy rains, please enquire about alternative routes, as the shortest route may be very muddy. Main gate from Puschka farm / Puschka Cottage / Puschka Bush Cottage (NV 12 14 sign): S 25 56 31,7; E 27 1957,9; Puschka Main Farm House / Puschka Cottage Gate: S 25 5653,2; E 27 20 11; Puschka Bush Cottage / Gate for Puschka House (NV 20 sign): S 25 56 44,1; E 27 20 35,8; Puschka House: S 25 56 45,6; E 27 20 29,8.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Puschka Farm an inquiry.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by Richard Lewis from South Africa

    "My wife and I had a wonderful weekend at Puschka Farm on their Cape Malay culinary course. We stayed at the "off-the-grid" Puschka bush cottage which offered 12 volt electricity powered by solar panels, gas cooking and wood fired heating and hot water. The only sounds we heard were of nature - birds in abundance and jackals at night. The course itself was hosted by chef Owen, a well-traveled and educated Cape Malay" from District 6 in Cape Town. Our conversations were not just of food, but of history and politics!Linda and Peter, the owners of Puschka Farm, treated us like one of their family and after our weekend we felt not just that we now knew something about Cape Malay cooking, but that we had made friends and joined their extended family. We have signed up already for their next course and look forward to being amongst friends again in a few months time."

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  • Review by a traveler from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "Most serene beautiful place we have stayed at in a while. Will most certainly be back. The rust charm of the Bush cottage coupled with the isolation and peaceful surrounds made for an ideal break away. The owners were very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. Differently worth a stay!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

    "I went to Puschka in May with my partner. We had a great time at the house, We decided to bring our friends along. We had mad fun and everything we needed was there. We had excellent service. If you wanna take a break from our hectic lives in Jozi, Puschka is the place!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "We stayed in the bush cottage for three nights. The setup is very rustic and basic, so if its luxuries you are after, look elsewhere as there is no 240-volt electricity or plug points, the donkey boiler requires a bit of effort to get the water warm enough, but well worth the reward of a hot wood fired shower! The cottage is situated on the fringe of a riverine thicket with the most amazing variety of bird calls I have heard anywhere, the sounds of the night were just as satisfying with Jackals and nightjars aplenty! Great hikes on the property although not very long, plenty of great views. The hosts were also very warm and welcoming. Will definitely be back when the time comes to switch off again!"

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  • Review by Danica Gouws from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "We stayed in the Bush Cottage for a self-catering weekend breakaway to celebrate our anniversary. We marveled at the peace and quiet at night and the beautiful birdsong in the mornings. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh air. We found the cottage fully equipped and lacked nothing. We really appreciated the extra touch: candles and soaps in the bathrooms, we were supplied with drinking water and even extra ice (since inclement weather the day before did not provide sufficient solar energy for the freezer the first night). Extra fire wood is available at 20 ZAR. We arrived quite late and well after sunset, but Peter waited up and welcomed us warmly and drove with us to the cottage. The accommodation itself is cozy and warm, there are gas heaters in the rooms and enough blankets. We went for walks on the farm, played board games (which were in the house) and just relaxed. We will definitely visit Puschka Farm again."

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  • Review by Paul H.

    "A quiet and relaxing place with a rustic welcoming feel, great to unwind. There is a little farm stall at the main house with local products like jams, olives, coffee, tea, icecream, eggs, and sometimes fresh produce."

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  • "Our second stay at Pushka Farm in two months. Last time we were on a cookery weekend but this time just to chill out. If you want to find peace and quiet, this is the place and Bush Cottage is a proper Eco experience without 240v electricity. I love it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Pretoria, South Africa

    "With accommodation on Puschka farm ranging from a fairly basic bush cottage to a 3-bedroom house, we elected to stay at the more secluded Puschka bush cottage for the weekend and really enjoyed the experience. The cottage makes use of solar lighting, a gas stove, 12-volt fridge and a wood burning donkey boiler, all of which were in perfect working order, making the lack of 240-volt electricity a non-event. Attentive staff and hands-on owners made for such a nice change from other recent Magaliesberg accommodation experiences.A word of warning though, the access road to the Bush cottage itself is billed by the owners as high ground clearance in dry weather and 4X4 only when wet, an accurate description! After 50 milimeters of rain fell overnight we only just made it out without help from the farm tractor in our 4X4 soft roader. if you are looking for an bush escape with a view to doing nothing but relaxing then Puschka Bush cottage is ideal."

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Magaliesburg, South Africa

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