Ganora Guestfarm & Excursions

Bed & Breakfast, Guesthouse, Self Catering   •   Ganora, Nieu-bethesda, Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape

DESCRIPTION

Give us 1 day and we will give you 250 million years.
The history of the Karoo surfaces near Nieu Bethesda at Ganora Guest Farm in layers, and all the layers have texture.
Ganora Guest Farm is a sheep farm situated just outside Nieu Bethesda in the foothills of the majestic Sneeuberg Range 60 km north of Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo Heartland. 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. 
Ganora Guest Farm offers 3 star accommodation with various options and is highly recommended by the AA. Groups of up to 26 persons can be accommodated in B&B rooms. Please visit our accommodation pages for more details.
Since it is located just 7km outside Nieu-Bethesda, Ganora's accommodation is ideal for visitors to the town and the region.
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 forms 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 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. Jan-Peet’s knowledge of Karroo fossils, together with his enthusiasm for the subject make his talks and fossil veld tours hugely popular with young and old. Jan-Peet also works closely with researchers from various uiversities.
The farm also boasts various sites with well-preserved rock paintings and engravings. This is Hester’s area of expertise. Her enthusiasm for the subject is affectionate, and visitors can look forward to an entertaining and informative talk on the subject, bringing to life 10 000 years of Bushman folklore. Even the Anglo-Boer War features in Ganoras past.
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).

From R465.00 pps
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ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

Room/Units: Standard Double or Twin Rooms
Room/Units: Larger Twin or Kingsize bed room
Room/Units: Khoi-San Cottage  
Capacity: 22
Minimum Stay: 1 Night
Check-in: 14:00 PM
  Check-out: 10:00 AM

All ages welcome

FACILITIES • ACTIVITIES • SERVICES

ONSITE

  24 Hour Reception
  Bar
  Bird Watching
  Braai Area
  Cycling
  Guest Lounge
  Mountain Biking
  Restaurant
  Self Catering
  Swimming Pool
  Walking Trail
  Wedding Facilities
  Wi-Fi

NEARBY

  Bar
  Bird Watching
  Cycling
  Mountain Biking
  Restaurant
  Tennis
  Walking Trail
  Wedding Facilities

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED ONSITE

  Cash
  Electronic Bank Transfer
  MasterCard
  VISA

MEAL TYPES ONSITE

  Breakfast
  Dinner

PARKING ONSITE

  Secure Parking

ROOMS/UNITS

Khoi-San Cottage  

Type: Free Standing Unit   Sleeps: 6  
Beds:

DESCRIPTION

This cottage was originally the "kraal" where they worked with sheep. It was then changed to the 4 room labourers' cottage and has been empty since the 1930's. Jan-Peet renovated it and added another room and bathroom. The cottage now consists of one double en-suite bedroom, one twin room, one room adjacent to main bedroom with a bunkbed, lounge with fireplace and kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, microwave, fridge and all the utensils you will need for self-catering. You will also be able to braai on the patio area if you wish. All meals are available if you do not feel like the self-catering option.

RATES

Low Season:

 

1 Febuary - 28 Febuary
1 May - 31 June
1 August - 31 November

High Season:

 

1 December - 31 January
1 March - 30 April
1 July - 31 July

  LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
Khoi-San Cottage  

R 1,300.00

R 1,300.00

* All prices are inclusive of VAT and Tourism Levies.
* Please note that these prices are only an estimate. For more information, please make an enquiry.

BATHROOM

  Bath
  En Suite
  Shower
  Soaps
  Toiletries

INCLUDES

  Cleaning

 

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Standard Double or Twin Rooms

Type: Seperate from Guest House/B&B   Sleeps: 2  
Beds:

DESCRIPTION

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. All meals available. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities. Room 1 Originally this room was a sheep kraal but later renovated to become a single workers' housing until about 1930. Constructed with packed mud and stone it has now been renovated for your comfort. This room has a queen size bed and an open plan unique round shower. The ceilings are of Agava poles. Room 2 Like room 1, it was also originally built as a sheep "kraal" and later renovated for a single labourer's housing. It is now a very comfortable, charming room with two single beds and an en-suite bathroom. Room 3 This room was added on when the others were renovated and is built next to the uneven wall of the "kraal".  It is an ensuite twin room. Room 4  There is a choice of two single beds or one king size bed in Room 4. The bathroom has the largest shower in the Kraal units. Children: 0 - 12 years pay 50% of the sharing rate, 13 - 18 years pay 100% of the sharing rate

RATES

Low Season:

 

1 Febuary - 28 Febuary
1 May - 31 June
1 August - 31 November

High Season:

 

1 December - 31 January
1 March - 30 April
1 July - 31 July

  LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
Khoi-San Cottage  

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 680.00

R 680.00

R 465.00

R 465.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

* All prices are inclusive of VAT and Tourism Levies.
* Please note that these prices are only an estimate. For more information, please make an enquiry.

INCLUDES

  Breakfast
  Cleaning

 

SEE MORE ABOUT THIS ROOM ▼

Larger Twin or Kingsize bed room

Type: Seperate from Guest House/B&B   Sleeps: 2  
Beds:

DESCRIPTION

3 Larger King or twin en-suite bedrooms that are very comfortable in the old enjin, chicken and coal rooms. Overlooking lands that at times have sheep grazing. All meals availible. Sleeper couch in some. These are our larger rooms with little extra's. All three of them look out over lucern fields that sheep occassionally graze in. Room 8 - Engine Room This has a small lounge area that was used for the generator to provide electricity for the homestead in the old days, while the bedroom area used to be the chicken room. For your comfort you may choose between either twin beds or a king size. The antique furnishing fits in well with the rough packed stone walls that are part of the garden wall. Room 9 - Coal Room Although this was used to keep the antrasite and coal for the Aga stove in the old days, it has been tastefully renovated and enlarged for your comfort. As with the engine room, you may choose between either twin beds or a king size. The large shower is a special experience with the stone filled floor area. The antique furnishing enhances the room as do the paintings, mostly done by Hester herself, depicting scenes of the farm that you will experience in your time visiting Ganora. Room 10 - Shed Room Originally an open shed, it has been beautifully renovated by JP and a bathroom added to the area. The tastefully decorated room has two single beds and a sleeper couch. Children: 0 - 12 years pay 50% of the sharing rate, 13 - 18 years pay 100% of the sharing rate

RATES

Low Season:

 

1 Febuary - 28 Febuary
1 May - 31 June
1 August - 31 November

High Season:

 

1 December - 31 January
1 March - 30 April
1 July - 31 July

  LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
Khoi-San Cottage  

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 790.00

R 790.00

R 590.00

R 590.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

* All prices are inclusive of VAT and Tourism Levies.
* Please note that these prices are only an estimate. For more information, please make an enquiry.

INCLUDES

  Breakfast
  Cleaning

 

SEE MORE ABOUT THIS ROOM ▼

RATES

  LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
Khoi-San Cottage  

R 1,300.00

R 1,300.00

Standard Double or Twin Rooms

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 680.00

R 680.00

R 465.00

R 465.00

R 0.00

R 0.00

Larger Twin or Kingsize bed room

R 0.00

R 0.00

R 790.00

R 790.00

R 590.00

R 590.00

R 0.00

R 0.00


* All prices are inclusive of VAT and Tourism Levies.
* Please note that these prices are only an estimate. For more information, please make an enquiry.

Low Season:

 

1 Febuary - 28 Febuary
1 May - 31 June
1 August - 31 November

High Season:

 

1 December - 31 January
1 March - 30 April
1 July - 31 July

  ROOM/UNIT PRICE
  SINGLE PERSON
  PER PERSON SHARING
  CHILDREN

CANCELLATION POLICY:

3 months before stay date: 100% of deposit is refundable
1 month before stay date: 90% of deposit is refundable
2 weeks before stay date: 0% of deposit is refundable
1 week before stay date: 0% of deposit is refundable

Terms and Conditions are subject to change.

LOCATION

MAP

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Ganora, Nieu-bethesda, Eastern Cape

GPS COORDINATES

Decimal

Latitude: -31.85423156956273
Longitude: 24.592207286525536

Non-Decimal

Latitude: 31º 51' 15'' S
Longitude: 24º 35' 32'' E

DIRECTIONS

From Johannesburg N1

Just before entering Nieu-Bethesda from Graaff-Reinet turn right onto the pink brick paved bridge.  Turn right at the second 4 way stop. Into Hudson street. Turn left at the third street (Naude Street) with a small sign to Middelburg, Cradock  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-hand side. 1km after turning right you will find our homestead.
When coming from the North - Middelburg: 2km after you see the "Gods Motel" sign on your right-hand side (halfway to Graaff-Reinet on the N9) 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 our homestead.
When coming from Cradock: Turn right at the T-junction (towards Middelburg). After 600 meters turn left towards Nieu-Bethesda for 20km. Turn left at the GANORA signpost and you will find our homestead 1km further on.

LOCAL AREA

Guided tours on Ganora Farm:
Bushman paintings
Fossil museum talk
Medicinal plant walk
Fossil walk

To do on your own on the farm:
Biking one of the cycling routes we have marked or around the area
Birding. We have a printed list we can supply you with once you are here.
Hike one of the few marked hiking trails. the canyon hike ends at the farm stall on a neighbouring farm. We could drop off your vehicle if you choose to.
In Nieu-Bethesda:
Visit the Owl House of Helen Martins
Bethesda art Centre to see the work of the local people like lino cuttings, applica work which they explain to you the meanings.
James Kitching Fossil Centre. All is explained.
Take a ride on the donkey cart through town.
Charmain Haines' Ceramic Art gallery
Frans Boekkooi's Studio
Local Brewery that also serves a cheese platter
Various other craft and coffee shops.