Ganora Guest Farm is a sheep farm situated close to Nieu Bethesda in the foothills of the majestic Snow Berg Range sixty kilometres north of Graaff Reinet in the Karoo Heartland. The farmstead and guest cottages nestle deep in the slopes of a depression carved into the bedrock by ancient rivers in pre-historic times. The surrounding rock formations and rich fossil beds on the farm bear testimony to the events that contributed to the formation of this vast and beautiful land.
The original farmstead and outbuildings, dating back to the mid 1700’s, have been converted into guest accommodation. The stone packed “kraal” wall that once surrounded the farmyard, today form part of some of the guest cottage interiors, allowing visitors the rare pleasure of interacting with the past.
Farm owners Jan-Peet and Hester are involved in a game rehabilitation program. The result is that orphaned game often make the farm yard their home, allowing visitors the opportunity to make close contact. The farm museum has an extensive fossil collection, including rare examples found nowhere else in the country. The farm also boasts various sites with well-preserved rock paintings and engravings.
Meal times at Ganora are of special importance. This is down time and visitors can look forward to traditional Karoo cooking, good company, much laughter and stories about the day’s events. Regular fare on offer includes Karoo lamb, kudu and other game dishes, bobotie with spiced rice, organically grown vegetable dishes, koeksisters and melktert (milk tart).