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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.

Rooms and Units Available:

Double En-Suite
aircon , electrick blankets in winter , coffe and tee tray , ensuit bath room. swimingpool Signiture 3 Course Buffet R225 pp and breakfast R110 pp can be booked in our Restaurant. Children under 12 at half price
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family Unit
Double bed and two single beds some are 2 rooms with inter leading door. aircon, electrick blanket , an suit bathroom, tea tray , swiming pool Signiture 3 Course Buffet R225 , Breakfast R110 can be booked in our Restaurant children under 12 half price
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 4 Adults

Self catering Log Home
2 bedroom and 2 bathroom log home , 2 single beds and one double bed . fully equiped , aircon , electric blanket in winter. swiming pool Signiture 3 Course Buffet R250 pp and Breakfast R110 can be booked in our Restaurant children under 12 half price
Sleeps 4 Adults

The Stables at New Holme Double
Double an suit , tea try , air con , electric Blanket. Signiture 3 Course Buffet R225 pp and Breakfast at R110 pp can be booked in our Restaurand children under 12 at half price
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Stables at New Holme Family 1
An suite Room with a double bed and a sleeper chouch air con , elecktrick blanket in the winter , tea try. Signiture 3 course Buffet at R225 and Breakfast at R110 can be booked in our Restaurant children under 12 at half price
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 4 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Horse Riding
No Pets Allowed

Latest Reviews

We have stayed at Newholme a number of times before and love it. We have seen it grow from a small little guest house to something larger. Despite this it remains a homely place to stay, well kept, excellent service, great food and wonderful hospitality.

A place well worth spending an extra night or 2

Janeen de Klerk Jan 2016

Nice quiet stop over on the way to the Cape. I was all alone even the owners were not there (I never met them) so it was a bit lonely but good if you are with a travelling companion.
Xeena Wallington May 2015
Very friendly, good food, relaxed atmosphere, on hand.
Deon Begemann Jan 2013
Food great, accommodation (family chalet) lovely. Personal attention from staff. Interesting area. Well worth a repeat visit!
Dirk Hammann Jan 2012
Everything was well organised, food was delicious, children enjoyed horse riding and looking at the Hippos.

The one big complaint I have is that they have an open swimming pool with no fence, gates, nets etc.
Niki Glen Jan 2011


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.

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Guest Farm, Guesthouse and Self-Catering
  • Sleeps: 40
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM