Hiking

On the farm there is a wide range of landscapes to hike. A number of trails allow guests to experience the Karoo from mountaintop to meadow.

A lovely canyon walk while watching the eagles fly above you is the ideal way to relieve your stress. To cool off you may swim in the Karoo pools en-route. Picnic baskets are also available on request.

The canyon walk is something really special which you can experience by following the trail from our farm to our neighbour. In the canyon you will find rock pools to swim in, depending on the water levels. The canyon has its own pair of Black Eagles. At times you will also see their youngster that they have reared learning to fly. We are willing to take your vehicle around to the end point, and the walk should not take you more than 3 hours from our homestead. Some people prefer to spend most of the day in the canyon and then return to Ganora.

At Ganora you are welcome to go for walks anywhere on the farm. Some trails are easy while you may choose some more difficult routes at times.

Then there is Compassberg, we can arrange a booking for you to go and climb the highest point of the Sneeuberg Mountain, which is 2502m above sea level. We do not advise this in the winter though, as it can get very cold and often has snow falls. From where you park your car it takes approximately 3 hours up and down. If you have a 4x4 you can go further and from there it will take about 4 hours in total up and down. There is a book where you can sign your name at the beacon.

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Credited To: George Brits

Trail 1 (Paseo)

Distance: 4 km.

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended For: Hikers

Trail 1 is a pleasant, shorter route that follows a ridge overlooking the farm before descending to sheep meadows and streambeds. The path passes a windmill as well as several small streams.

Trail 1 Map

Trail 2 (Mountaintop)

Distance: 13.36 or 16.9 km.

Duration: 3 or 4.5 hours

Recommended For: Hikers

Trail 2 leads to a mountaintop on the farm with spectacular views of Compassberg and the surrounding hills. Along the way, the trail flows over undulating veld and a few sheep pastures. Hikers have the option of a longer or shorter route back to the main farm area.

Trail 2

Trail 3 (Farm)

Distance: 11.6

Duration: 2.5 hours hiking or 1 hour biking

Recommended For: Hikers or Advanced Mountainbikers

Trail 3 encompasses a wide range of Karoo landscape in its loop around the farm. The trail crosses sheep meadows, rocky hills, and many streambeds with water-smoothed stones.

Trail 3 Map

Trail 4 (Mountainbiking)

Distance: 19.7 or 21.3 km.

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Recommended For: Mountainbikers

Trail 4 leads to the same mountaintop as Trail 2, but the trail passes a dam where flamingoes may be seen. Beginning on a dirt road, the trail becomes rockier as the climb up the mountain increases in incline. An option for a longer or shorter route allows bikers to modify the distance traveled.

Trail 4 Map

Trail 5 (Canyon)

Distance: 8.13 (farmstall), 13 (village), or 21 (complete loop)

Duration: 2.5, 4, or 6 hours

Recommended For: Hikers

Trail 5 follows the river that runs through the canyon on the farm. Three options exist for hikers. The trail leads to a neighboring farmstall where we may park the hikers' car while they hike so that they may drive back to the farm. Hikers may also follow the trail to Nieu Bethesda, where we may park their car as well. A complete loop leads from Nieu Bethesda to the farm on the main dirt road, but this option is not recommended. In the canyon, hikers may spot a pair of eagles that  nest on the rock face.

Trail 5

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Tel : 049 841 1302
Cell : 082 698 0029
Email : info@ganora.co.za
GPS :  31°51'17.13"S   24°35'29.76"E


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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'.

Michael Vink

Click here to watch the video

Nieu Bethesda Autumn at Ganora Guest Farm