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Experience true Karoo hospitality on Ganora, a working sheep farm 7km from the world renowned hamlet of Nieu Bethesda, 60 km from Graaff-Reinet, also near Middelburg and Cradock.
Guided tours on the farm are done by ourselves or the guide that have a special interest in Anthropology and Palaeontology and like to share what we have discovered at Ganora. The excursions are to Anglo Boer War engravings, rock shelters with Bushman paintings & a visit to a private fossil & artefact museum with specimens dating back some 280 million years are offered on the farm. The Bushman shelters are only 200m walk from where the vehicle stops. A medicinal plant walk can be enjoyed with a local guide that was taught by his grandfather about plants used by Bushman in previous years. He will talk about the lucern lands, lambs or anything they will encounter on the walk too. We will also guide you on a fossil walk in the veld to show how fossils are discovered. Sheep shearing is explained and demonstrated on request. When families or school groups book we adapt the tours to their age and needs.
If you are lucky you will be able to meet our orphan meerkats that have been rehabilitated in the area as we have been a meerkat rehab for more than 20 years.
Comfortable 3 star graded accommodation (the larger rooms offer more than your average 3 star) for self-drives or groups relaxing in the peace and tranquillity of the Great Karoo. Guests may choose between:
1. Standard en-suite rooms with queen or twin beds that have tea and coffee facilities
2. Larger en-suite rooms with King or twin beds. These rooms can also become family rooms for small children. These rooms have a few more amenities as well as gowns and slippers.
All the rooms were previously used farm outbuildings and renovated. At first it was used as sheep kraals,chicken rooms etc. Now these rooms, with their thick, uneven stone walls provide very comfortable Highly Recommended accommodation, full of rustic charm.
Meals are available. Karoo cuisine with slow food is always available. We can cater for allergies and intolerance, but please let us know of these ahead of time. After dinner you will have the privilege to enjoy one of the best star gazing opportunities in the country.
For the more adventurous there are various newly marked hiking & cycling trails on the farm to enjoy or climb Compassberg (2502m). We can supply them with an extensive bird list of birds to be found here too. If not too adventurous they can relax at the pool. Furthermore you can explore Nieu-Bethesda, visit the Owl House of Helen Martins, Kitching Fossil Centre,enjoy the coffee & craft shops, taste local brewed beer or take a donkey cart tour. Day trips can be taken to Cradock where you can visit Olive Schreiner’s museum and the Mountain Zebra Park. In Graaff-Reinet you can visit many museums, the Obesa Cactus Garden or experience the Valley of Desolation.
You will be able to experience the most magnificent Karoo sunsets on the farm. You are welcome to order drinks & snacks for the sunset experience.
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