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Ganora Guest Farm  -  The history of the Karoo surfaces at Ganora in layers, and all the layers have texture. The owners discovered the farms previous lives from the flinty rock that reveals ancient fossils to the smooth sides of the shelter painted by Bushmen.

The result is a private museum featuring all the fossils and Bushman implements. The highlight of the collection is Kompasia delaharpi, the only complete fossil of this fish in the world.

A visit to the museum can be followed by guided tours to San and Khoi shelters on the farm where rock art dating back to 10 000 years ago can be viewed. Even the Anglo-Boer War features in Ganoras past.

All this is available to day visitors (and groups are welcome too) but the real feel of Ganora comes with a stay in Khoisan Cottage.

You can participate in farm activities, enjoy a dip in the farm reservoir, a genuine Karoo swimming pool! - or go walking, bike riding or birding.


4x4 trails:
There are two trails available. You can choose between the easier 10 km trail or the slightly more difficult 35 km trail.

Mountain Biking:
The mountain biking trail follows the shorter 4x4 trail. If you want something more challenging there is a 35km trail as well.

Walking Trails:
A lovely canyon walk is the ideal way to relieve your stress. Watch the Eagles fly above you. To cool off you can swim in the Karoo pools en-route.

Picnic baskets are available on request.

In the area:
Visit the Owl house, home of the eccentric Helen Martins.
Visit Nieu-Bethesda only 7 km away with art galleries, coffee and craft shops.
Hike up Compassberg, the second highest peak in the Eastern Cape.
Visit Cradock and the Mountain Zebra Park.
Visit Graaff-Reinet and the Valley of Desolation.

Rooms and Units Available:

To experience the real feel of the farm, our self-contained comfortable cottage, provides accommodation for six.  Full of rustic charm, its thick, uneven walls provide accommodation for up to six people but with no concession to comfort. You are assured of privacy and a personal relationship with the Karoo.  Meals are available if you choose not to self-cater. A light or a full breakfast, and supper can be delivered.  For a full three-course dinner, your presence is requested at the family table in the main house.

Bush Caravan Camp Site
New Bush Caravan Camp at Ganora. There is 6 sites at this stage with electricity and water points. Large ablution block.
Amount of similar units: 6
Sleeps 4 Adults

Khoi-San Cottage

Rustic, very comfortable cottage with 1 double (Queen) en-suite bathroom, 1 twin room & 1 room attached to main room - bunkbed. Second bathroom, lounge with fireplace and kitchen that is fully equipped. Patio & braai facilities available. All meals available.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Ou Kraal - Standard Double or Twin Rooms

Double Standard En-suite rooms with twin beds Room 1 has a Queen bed and has a open plan shower in bedroom. Room 2, 3 or 4 is twin beds. Room 4 can become a king bed too. More rooms is available for groups if discussed on phone. All meals available.

Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

Shed Rooms - Larger King/ Twin bed room
3 Larger King or twin en-suite bedrooms that are very comfortable in the old enjin, coal and shed rooms. Overlooking lands that at times have sheep grazing. All meals availible to order. Sleeper couch in some.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Parking (off-street - covered)
Other Language
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of a cancellation, any deposit paid will be forfeit.


Entering Nieu-Bethesda from Graaff-Reinet (south):
Turn right at the only 4 way stop.
Turn left at the third street on the left-hand side (also the last left before lusern and sportsfields) with a small sign to Middelburg and Nieu-Bethesda station. After 5km you will find a turn off to the left which you can ignore.
2km Further you will find the GANORA GUESTFARM & EXCURSIONS sign on the right handside.
1Km after turning right you will find the homestead.

From the North - Middelburg:
2km after you notice the "Gods Motel" sign on your right-hand side (halfway to Graaff-Reinet on the N9) you turn right at the Nieu-Bethesda sign.
After 20km you will see our sign on the left hand side.
1km after turning left you will arrive at the homestead.

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  • TGCSA Grading: Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading
  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Guest Farm and Self-Catering
  • Sleeps: 22
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM