Give us one day and we will give you 250 million years.
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 Sneeuberg 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 rooms. Please visit our accommodation pages for more details.
Since it is located just 7km outside Nieu-Bethesda, Ganora's accommodation is ideal for visitors to the town 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 forms 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 Karoo cooking, good company, much laughter and stories about the day's events. Regular fare on offer includes Karoo lamb, kudu and other game dishes, bobotie with spiced rice, organically grown vegetable dishes, koeksisters and melktert (milk tart).