“Discover the Real Karoo” May 2013

We recently visited Ganora Guest Farm for two days and stayed in one of the Bed and Breakfast Rooms. When we arrived we were welcomed by Hester and invited for drinks on the shady veranda. She explained what there is to do on the farm and invited us to join a bushman rock art tour later the afternoon.

 Our room was large and well appointed. We really felt at home and after a short rest we joined Hester for the trip to a San/Khoi rock art site. This involved only a short walk and it was clear that Hester did a lot of research on the topic when she explained the spiritual meaning behind the paintings.

 We then opted to walk back to the cottage so that I could take some photographs of the scenery. After admiring the sunset from a vantage point where JP erected a bench, we got back to the cottage.

 A bit later Hester mentioned that JP will show some guests the Fossil Museum and invited us to join them. Once again I was surprised by the extent of JP's knowledge of the Farm's and obviously the Karoo's pre-history. The museum contains a large collection of fossils.

 JP can also take interested persons on a fossil tour to a number of sites on the farm where fossils are still in their "natural" positions.

 That evening we had an excellent dinner. The next morning we had a typical Karoo Farm Breakfast where after Hester gave us some pointers of places to visit in Nieu Bethesda. She also recommended a lunch Cheese Platter at the Brewery. This was excellent.

 Late afternoon Hester took us on a tour of their farm with the bakkie.

 After breakfast the next morning we said goodbye but will definitely be back for a longer stay. I can really recommend Ganora Guest Farm as a destination where you can experience a Karoo Farm stay with all the conveniences of a modern day city guest house.

 The farm lends itself to scenic photography, bird watching, relaxing, "life on a Karoo farm" experience, hiking/walking.