If you have never heard of Nieu Bethesda, a two-horse village hidden in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50 kilometers from Graaff Reinet which was founded in 1875 as a church town…now you have. Truth and Quality go far and wide to not only rate, but also to discover or perhaps stumble upon a venue or business that impress (or not) the team. In the case of the successful GANORA Guest Farm and Excursions, a mere 9 km from Nieu Bethesda.
Truth and Quality was more than impressed. Upon arrival in the early morning hours, we were greeted by friendly staff and the owners JP and Hester appeared soon after, welcoming us as we parked between the array of 4×4 vehicles spread throughout the large yard. I immediately knew this place was popular, and as the day grew I could see why. This is a farm, a working farm in the middle of history. Their slogan, “Give us one day and we will give you 250 million years” aptly fits the surrounding area and town geography, and if you wish to explore history, Ganora Guest Farm would be an ideal base. Some of the excursions they offer include a Fossil museum, Bushman Rock Art shelters, Anglo-Boer War History, a Medicinal Plant walk and much more. They cater for the discerning researcher and/or tranquility seeker, all the way to school and/or educational groups. This may sound very commercial, but the business side of this farm is cleverly hidden behind serene, silent moments in time and the life-pace you bring through the gate, slows down automatically. On another level, if you are a trail-bicycle enthusiast or travelling motorcyclist, Ganora Guest Farm will rise to the occasion as well as the early hours you may keep. They have a wholesome farm breakfast (or light health breakfast) to kick you into gear before you commence your trip into the hills…..or into history.
As Accreditation Reviews go, we had a detailed look at the entire picture presented to us at the farm, and we found ten beautifully equipped, modern and classy rooms in different categories (and a family cottage) built into the original farm stables and buildings (see images). There is a swimming pool area, and we heard a few weddings graced the nicely kept garden adjacent to the original farmhouse. Before leaving, we visited an area on the farmstead possibly earmarked for an upmarket tent-camp, which we believe would be a positive addition to Ganora. Completing the list of attributes this venue had on offer and display, I deem it fit to mention that the visual dynamic throughout this farm remains “out in the country”. It is a working farm, so you will experience farm life as it happens while nourishing your lungs with some real country air, and we recommend you visit their website www.ganora.co.za for much more information regarding pricing and availability.
After consulting the owners, it is prevalent to mention that prices are consistent, market-related and fair. The venue has happy staff and all animals are treated with utmost respect. All facilities are clean and although a farmstead, the prioritized level of hygiene clear. The variety of activities are matched with operational expertise and their marketing matches what you find when you walk through the door. They operate in truth with matched quality.
As Truth and Quality, we are happy to welcome Ganora Guest Farm and Excursions to a T&Q Platinum Status Rating of 8.350 on our (1.000 – 9.950) Accreditation Rating Scale for (Non-urban) Country-style Venues. We thank Hester and JP for their warm welcome (without knowledge of this official review), and insist you go meet them soon.
Pro-note: Ganora Guest Farm is a registered Three-Star facility. Truth and Quality rate them a clear Four-Star Hospitality Venue.