27 September 2010

We arrived at Ganora on 22nd Sept for our usual stop over on our way to Cape Town. We were aware that the Nieu Bethesda festival was to go on that weekend and we found the Cape Town Waterfront Art college students - participants in the Festival - were also guests of Hester and JP on the Farm. A great sing song evening was had by all with lovely fire and great food. Accommodation and hospitality awesome, as always. We'll be back soon.

Steve, Alix, Kimberley and Ben Japp
“Timeless wonder and ageless hospitality” The comfort of the accomodation is only bettered by the quality of the food. JP's passion for his fossils comes through clearly in his informative and hands on expeditions. Where else can you see fossils still embedded in the rock. Hester and JP run an extremely organised and efficient set-up. Thank you guys for a great weekend!
“The whole family loved it!”

Comfy cottage, great food, friendly hosts, an adorable puppy, fantastic walks and a million photo opportunities. We didn't want to leave.

“Gem of the Karoo”

My motorbike rides have taken me to every corner of South Africa but every now and again I find a place that stirs ones soul.

Ganora Guest farm is such a place – a gem in the Karoo.

We arrived at Ganora after an 800km ride from Johannesburg to a warm and friendly welcome from hosts Hester and J.P. The tame Meerkatte played in the garden while we enjoyed cold beers under the setting sun.

Hester treated us to a tour of their fossil collection some of which are millions of years old and all discovered on their farm. Their knowledge of the development of species was incredible.A stunning three course dinner followed and thereafter we all made our way to cosy rooms with soft sheets and electric blankets.

The next morning after a wholesome traditional breakfast we set off to Prince Albert, Swartberg Pass, “Die Hel”, Baviaanskloof and finally Port Elizabeth.

Each of made a promise that we will return again to Ganora to spend more time here and in the surrounding areas.

Thanks J.P. and Hester
Best Regards
Rob Hill


Reviewed January 19, 2011

Un endroit formidable , un accueil chaleureux d'Hester (sans parler de sa cuisine!),et pour les passionnés de fossiles, J.P est L'EXPERT qu'il vous faut ! Ganora Farm est un peu éloigné mais si calme. Il y a de belles balades à faire (directement sur la ferme, ou dans les montagnes environnantes) et les excursions proposées (peintures rupestres, plantes médicinales locales) sont passionnantes.Nieu Bethesda est aussi à voir!En résumé un endroit qui vaut le détour ! “inoubliable”.

Ganora est une belle ferme blanche au milieu de l'immense Karoo. L'accueil d'Hester et JP son mari est sincère et chaleureux.
Les chambres sont belles et confortables. Le dîner est servi dans la salle à manger d'époque, tandis que le petit déjeuner nous attend sous les saules pleureurs du grand jardin où les petits suricates apprivoisés nous tiennent compagnie... Les activités: visite de la ferme, découverte des fossiles où des peintures rupestres avec JP,visite de leur musée privé, baignade dans le grand réservoir, balade à Nieu Bethesta toute proche... Ici on découvre et comprend la vie de ceux qui sont et font le Grand Karoo. On se sent bien à Ganora. Tellement bien que l'on se promet d'y retourner.

Fabulous stay

Tony Smit, South Africa

We had a fabulous stay at Ganora. The owners were really very friendly and gave us a load of info about the area. The food was super and the accommodation was great. Highly recommended.