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Trine came to visit Ganora and is helping Helen to be hand fed. she is also helping to make her cage more interesting !
20th February 2014
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JP planted Mielie's for the first time and they are growing at an alarming rate.
18th February 2014
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JP held his annual Dohne Merino ram sale today with Graham Hobson. The auction saw 54 Rams and some ewes go under the hammer. Many of our guests enquire about the sheep farming and how it all works, so here are a section of photos of the yearly stud ram sale.
11th February 2014
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Ons gaste geniet om die Hansies te voer ! Big job to see to it that all the little helpers get a chance to get to feed a lamb. The lambs of course just love all the helpers !
20th December 2013
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JP noticed a strange circle with brighter dot in the middle this evening around 20H00.
29th September 2013
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Our Flamingo's on the dam increased in numbers from 27 to 90+ as did the Shelducks.
29th September 2013
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The shearers are finished shearing our sheep for the year. All the bales are loaded this morning.
19th September 2013
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Yesterday we all at Ganora had training in a Fire drill. Each had a turn to handle equipment.
18th September 2013
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Here is the program of the Nieu Bethesda festival taking place this weekend. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a break away from the usual.
15th September 2013
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JP noticed Flamingo's on Ganora's dam this morning for the first time.
22nd August 2013
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Kingswood College came to visit us for two days to learn more about the Karoo Fossils, Bushman Rock Art, The Owl House and to have fun.
31st July 2013
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Getting ready for the new lambing season of the Dohne Merino stud sheep.
23rd July 2013
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Nieu-Bethesda's Festival is taking place 20 -24 September 2013
2nd July 2013
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Elsa & Garth's Wedding in the Woolshed at Ganora. Lekker gekuier tot die vroeë oggend ure !
18th May 2013
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Viki and Wes from Johannesburg decided to get married in Nieu-Bethesda. Some of the family & friends stayed at Ganora and we hosted the Friday night party here.
23rd March 2013
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JP spotted 24 White-faced Ducks on one of our dams at Ganora Guestfarm for the first time ever.
16th March 2013
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In this coffee table book compiled by Meinrad Heck and Peter Maurer Nie Bethesda and Ganora Guest Farm is mentioned. Please read the relevant section about JP and Jacob of Nieu Bethesda..
10th March 2013
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Justin Bonello (well known director and presenter of various series) and his great team is on a journey through the Karoo. As Justin says: "To tell the incredible stories buried in the dust of the Great Karoo of Southern Africa and to get back in touch with a way of life which is slowly fading away."
17th February 2013
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JP sold 30 of his Dohne Merino stud rams with Graham Hobson on their production sale in Graaff-Reinet.
12th February 2013
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The Institute for Geochemistry and Petrology of ETH Zurich stayed over at Ganora. Dr. Barbara Kuhn, a former Rhodes university staff member, arranged their visit to SA. Dr. Billy de Klerk and Dr. Rose Pervec joined them for the Eastern Cape part of their travels.
2nd February 2013
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Ollie has become very familiar with all happenings on the farm. But she loves the quad bike ride the best !
14th January 2013
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A new swimming pool been installed at Ganora. We are so pleased it will be ready for the holiday season.
3rd December 2012
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Wat 'n belewenis om Elzabe in lewende lywe te kon ervaar.
24th September 2012
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The various guest farms all over the Karoo are an exciting new form of country tourism – and their little museums are insights into the history and culture of those who lived on the land in the past. Some artefacts even go back more than 200-million years, when the Karoo was a different world.
19th September 2012
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Another wonderful Bob McKenzie Course in Oil painting was enjoyed by all who attended at Ganora.
30th August 2012
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On the outskirts of Cradock, 145 miles north of Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, stands a tombstone erected in memory of a man called Harry Potter. He died in 1910 at the age of 46, oblivious to a future fame that now brings a smile to any Hogwarts fan passing through this dusty frontier town.
19th July 2012
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The DSG Gr.5 girls were lucky to meet the two new babies that arrived here during their visit to Ganora. Timon was also very pleased with all the attention he got from these beautiful young ladies !
9th May 2012
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So beautiful to see these little lambs who are been born at the moment at Ganora.
10th April 2012
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Unravellling the Karoo's rich fossil heritage an article that appeared in the Weekend Post Explorer. Story by John Harvey and photos by Mike Holmes.
7th April 2012
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Read more about Chris Oldknow, a research student studying for the degree of Ph.D in Physical Geography at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Professors Janet Hooke and Andreas Lang.
2nd April 2012
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Chris Oldknow is a research student studying for the degree of Ph.D in Physical Geography at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Professors Janet Hooke and Andreas Lang. The research that we are conducting on the Ganora farm is concerned with exploring the age of sediments/soils overlying bedrock, the timing of erosion and how long it takes for the tributaries to convey material through the system.
2nd April 2012
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JP is busy rebuiling the weir that was washed away during the Feb 2011 flood.
1st April 2012
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Reise en Suitkyse besoek Ganora Gaste Plaas. Hierdie kort video gee u 'n idee van wat om te verwag op Ganora.
11th March 2012
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Timon arrived with us to be rehabilitated yesterday after been found at a bin. We are all very keen on helping him on his way back to the veld.
26th February 2012
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The Geography Class of Cape Recive High School came to visit Ganora.
11th February 2012
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We are so pleased to let everyone know that Lulu got a little friend - Snowy!
11th January 2012
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An international team of scientists from South Africa, Canada, and the United States, has been looking for new clues to one of the world’s greatest mysteries–the end Permian extinction event.
9th January 2012
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The men in my life went to pick some veld flowers for the house. We are so previledged to have such beautiful flowers although our area is seen as semi desert.
6th January 2012
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Op die plaas Ganora naby Nieu-Bethesda is nie net staproetes en uitdagende bergfietsroetes nie, maar ook fossiele wat die verhaal van die Karoo se moerasjare vertel, skryf MARISKA SPOORMAKER.
6th December 2011
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Deze foto's hebben we gemaakt bij jullie, wij waren op rondreis met Astrid. Heel veel groetjes vanuit België. Harry en Nicole. Ps. Het was super !!!!
17th November 2011
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Born 8th Jan 1947 and started painting in oils at the age of 13. I became hugely inspired by regular exposure to L.B. Elliott, a marvellous painter in the ilk of W.G. Wiles.
3rd October 2011
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Join well-known artist and art teacher Talbot Cox for a happy and expressive weekend workshop aimed at making art a part of your daily existence….explore the many ways of rendering stunning paintings, ideal for quick thumbnails, sketchbooks and fine pieces of art. Take art out of the closet and make it part of your daily world and open your senses to the beauty of the world around you…. Beginners welcome!
29th September 2011
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Die Tage auf Ganora umweht der Hauch der Ewigkeit: Zeitreisen sind die Ausflüge mit Jan-Peet zu den Höhlenmalereien, die Buschmänner in grauer Vorzeit schufen. Zeitreisen sind aber auch seine Exkursionen, bei denen er versteinerte Tiere zeigt, die vor Millionen Jahren jagten und gejagt wurden. Und Zeitreisen sind die Streifzüge mit Henry, dessen Großvater Medizinmann war, und der weiß, welche Pflanzen gegen Kopfweh, Liebeskummer und Dämonen helfen.
16th September 2011
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Henry kniet sich nieder und deutet auf eine unscheinbare Pflanze. “Die ist gut für das Herz, und dieses Kraut hilft bei Problemen mit dem Magen”, sagt Henry. Er zeigt den Besuchern der Farm Ganora ein gutes Dutzend Gewächse, die erwiesenermaßen gegen Bluthochdruck, Hautkrankheiten, Atembeschwerden order andere Leiden helfen.
11th September 2011
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Graaff Reinet was South Africa's Town of the year in 2010. View the video to see why.
1st July 2011
Making of the Kyknet Advert on Graaff Reinet
As Graaff-Reinet won the "Dorp van die Jaar" in the Kyknet / Kwela competition, one of the prizes was an 30sek advert of the town on Kyknet. JP was asked to show and talk about some fossils for the Paleontology part of the advert. Here you will see him with the film crew busy taking some shoots on a very cold early morning. Graaff-Reinet tried to cover as much as possible
1st July 2011
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NAC Fly away weekend group's visit to Ganora while visiting Graaff-Reinet. About 100 guests flew in to Graaff-Reinet's airport for a weekend that was organised by Chantelle Marais and the publicity office of Graaff-Reinet. They came to visit Ganora Guestfarm where JP enjoyed sharing his fossils and artefacts collection with them.
31st May 2011
Visit by Scottish University
Aberdeen University paid Ganora Guest Farm a visit to do a Geography research project. The group under the leadership of Tim Mighall and Ian Foster spent the week inspecting karoo veldt and erosions in the area.
17th May 2011
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The 2011 Absa Fugard Festival is back; bigger and better than ever before. Billed to be the world's biggest Fugard Festival, this year's event will run from 23 to 26 September 2011 with several spectacular attractions. From very humble beginnings, the Festival has grown in leaps and bounds over the last two years to become a major event on the arts scene.
15th April 2011
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Tokkelos who lived to an exceptional 18 years of age, was the farms working sheep dog. He was a rough Border Collie. Allthough he had come to the age of retirement, he would still want to herd the sheep in with the guys. For all those who had the pleasure of meeting him will know he was a very special animal.
10th March 2011

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When we visited South Africa, we met a little girl named Chippie. This very lovely squirrel was a true model for our camera. Unfortunately we heard that she died last February. 

For our guest woman Hester and her family from Ganora.co.za we made this Video 'In Memoriam of Chippie'.