Ganora Guest Farm & Excursions, Graaff-Reinet

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Experience true Karoo hospitality on Ganora, a working sheep farm near the world renowned hamlet of Nieu Bethesda, 60 km from Graaff-Reinet. Guided tours to Anglo Boer War engravings, bushman paintings & engravings and a visit to a private fossil & artifact museum with specimens dating back some 250 million years are offered.

Sheep shearing is explained. 26 Guests can overnight in Comfortable 3 star accommodation that offer the option of relaxing in the peace and tranquility of the Great Karoo or adventure 4×4 trails, hiking, swimming, biking and birdwatching. You might be lucky to meet the group of meercat orphans when visiting Ganora.

The history of the Karoo surfaces near Nieu Bethesda at Ganora Guest Farm in layers, and all the layers have texture.

Ganora Guest Farm is a sheep farm situated just outside Nieu Bethesda in the foothills of the majestic Snow Berg Range sixty kilometres north of Graaff Reinet in the Karoo Heartland. The farmstead and guest cottages nestle deep in the slopes of a depression carved into the bedrock by ancient rivers in pre-historic times. The surrounding rock formations and rich fossil beds on the farm bear testimony to the events that contributed to the formation of this vast and beautiful land.

The Accommodation at Ganora Guest Farm offers 3 star accommodation with various options and is highly recommended by the AA. Groups of up to 26 persons can be accommodated in B&B room. Since it is located just outside Nieu Bethesda accommodation is ideal for visitors to the town and and the region.

The original farmstead and outbuildings, dating back to the mid 1700’s, have been converted into guest accommodation. The stone packed “kraal” wall that once surrounded the farmyard, today form part of some of the guest cottage interiors, allowing visitors the rare pleasure of interacting with the past.

Farm owners Jan-Peet and Hester are involved in a game rehabilitation program. The result is that orphaned game often make the farm yard their home, allowing visitors the opportunity to make close contact.

The farm museum has an extensive fossil collection, including rare examples found nowhere else in the country. Jan-Peet’s knowledge of Karroo fossils, together with his enthusiasm for the subject make his talks and fossil veld tours hugely popular with young and old. Jan-Peet also works closely with researchers from Wits, Rhodes and NMMU universities.

The farm also boasts various sites with well-preserved rock paintings and engravings. This is Hester’s area of expertise. Her enthusiasm for the subject is affectionate and visitors can look forward to an entertaining and informative talk on the subject, bringing to life 10 000 years of Bushman folklore. Even the Anglo-Boer War features in Ganoras past.

Meal times at Ganora are of special importance. This is down time and visitors can look forward to traditional Karroo cooking, good company, much laughter and stories about the day’s events. Regular fare on offer includes Karroo lamb, kudu and other game dishes, bobotie with spiced rice, organically grown vegetable dishes, koeksisters and melktert (milk tart).

Weddings:

Ganora is the ideal Karoo Wedding Venue. Weddings at Ganora are perfect for couples looking for the unusual.

The real farm feel and the rustic beauty make for a great venue. Every wedding is unique and we are open to suggestions to help make your wishes come true.

For our latest wedding, we had the pleasure of using our popular bush as the venue, after they enjoyed tea in the wool shed.

We can make all arrangements to make the day a truly special one for the bridal couple.

Please enquire with the venue for the current rates.

Just before entering Nieu-Bethesda from Graaff-Reinet turn right onto the pink brick paved bridge.  Turn right at the second 4 way stop. Into Hudson street. Turn left at the third street (Naude Street) with a small sign to Middelburg, Cradock  and Nieu-Bethesda station. After 5km you will find a turn off to the left which you can ignore. 2km further you will find the GANORA GUESTFARM & EXCURSIONS sign on the right-hand side. 1km after turning right you will find our homestead.

When coming from the North – Middelburg: 2km after you see the “Gods Motel” sign on your right-hand side (halfway to Graaff-Reinet on the N9) turn right at the Nieu-Bethesda sign. After 20km you will see our sign on the left hand side. 1km after turning left you will arrive at our homestead.

When coming from Cradock: Turn right at the T-junction (towards Middelburg). After 600 meters turn left towards Nieu-Bethesda for 20km. Turn left at the GANORA signpost and you will find our homestead 1km further on.

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