Karoo Gariep Conservancy - The farms New Holme and Mieliefontein, district Hanover, nestles in the vast scrubland which is the Karoo.
More than two hundred million years ago this landscape was part of a large lake and a vista dotted with gigantic trees.
Situated on the Seekoei (Hippopotamus) River, New Holme & Mieliefonteins’ intrigue relics, features, sites, structures and other phenomena today bear mute testimony, not only to this early ecological system, but to a subsequent human saga spanning millennia.
The Seekoei River, is a veritable depository of evidence of much of these early living things. Thus fossils are exposed where the topsoil has been washed away and these indicate, and confirm, the rich variety of prehistoric life which once teemed in the Great Karoo, a veritable bird lovers paradise.
New Holme offers 3 en-suite bedrooms as well as a family unit with 2 bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Mieliefontein offers one double room en-suite as well as a family unit. Delicious farm style meals are offered with home-made breads, fruit preserves and barbeque served with a variety of dishes in the lapa.
Wolmado Self Catering Cottage is a house with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Seekoei River Restaurant
Seekoei River Restaurant at New Holme Guest farm offers traditional Karoo Cuisine. We do romantic dinners for two on the Star Deck, Veldt Braais in the Koppies, sundowners at the Hippo Pool, big 3 course dinners, lights lunches, Champaign Breakfasts small functions and weddings.
On this 12 000 hectare farms, we have endless activities to provide you with the ultimate African Karoo experience. Enjoy donkey card rides, night drives, ostrich show, horse riding and fishing.
We have a variety of vegetation types with mountains, hills, plains and permanent water, which provide ample suitable habitats for many wildlife species.
For birdwatchers we have between 180 and 240 different species at present.
We are to be found 8km off the N1 national highway, halfway between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Twenty kilometres from Hanover and fifty kilometres from Colesberg. Signboards are present to direct you.
An airstrip (1300m) is available for those who require a fly-in destination.