New Holme Karoo Guest Farm
New Holme Karoo Guest Farm
New Holme Guest Farm
is situated within the newly proclaimed Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve
, managed by PC and Marisca Ferreira. The nature reserve is the original Ferreira farm land, now a combination of nature, game and sheep farming. We love to share the Karoo and its original natural state with our guests. There are a few daily activities we offer in order to get our guest to experience the Karoo , like a sunset drive to the Hippo pool , seeing the only hippo population in the Northern Cape , we do a Buchman Etching walk in the mornings , before breakfast we do an early morning birding drive and also a night drive after dinner. The night drives are very popular as we quite often see Aardwolf and Aardvark
New Holme are well furnished to complement our Wedding venue and the guests it attract. All rooms are en-suite, have air conditioners for the very hot days and heating up the cold winter nights , also electric blankets on the beds in winter. Set in beautiful lush gardens with big lawns and lots of trees that attract lots of birds. New Holme takes pride in our very popular 3 course dinners we prepare. Dinners need to be pre booked and are a combination of traditional Karoo dishes , we also serve breakfast.
Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, 25km from Hanover
- Swimming Pool
- Bird Watching
To date the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve sports an impressive 205 bird species recorded. Do a self-drive trip or book an early morning drive with PC (an avid twitcher himself) at new Holme.
- Night Drives
Experience the night life of the Karoo – the night drive departs from New Holme after dinner with PC as your guide. And even though the Karoo is an arid region, the diversity of nocturnal animals can be astounding. Possible sightings could include Aardwolf, Cape fox, Bat-eared fox, African wildcat, Aardvark, Porcupine, Striped polecat, African striped Weasel, both Small and Large spotted Genet to name but a few species, and if you are really lucky maybe even the tiny rare Black footed cat.
- Sundowner Drive to Hippo Pool
Every afternoon at 17h00 in winter and 18h00 in summer PC will take you on a relaxing drive down to the hippo pool. Enjoy sundowners on the hippo deck and watch the only hippos in the Karoo, while PC shares their incredible story with you.
- 3 Day Horse Trail
This is an unguided horse trail over some 35 km. The trail starts at the New Holme Guest House, and will take you through sweeping Karoo landscapes to a tented camp in the mountains complete with bush shower and flush toilet! The next day entails a 10km circular ride that will end up at the tented camp again for your second night. On the third day you will ride back to the New Holme Guest House. Groups of max. 4 riders and min. 2 riders can be accommodated. we arrange packed meals for the 2 days, including breakfast on the 3rd day.
- Mountain Biking
All of the dirt roads on the reserve are mapped and you can ride as far and long as you wish. You can also book the Karoo Seekoei Mountain bike trail at www.gkcycle.co.za for a 5 day mountain bike trail all along the scenic Seekoei River. Your luggage will be taken care of, and return transport can be arranged.
- Fishing in the Seekoei Rivier
The Seekoei River is a unique system meandering through this arid region. The river has a rich diversity of aquatic life, with carp and catfish the most common angling species caught in this system. The dam at New Holme also offers excellent angling opportunities for the avid angler.
- Koi San Etching Walk
Join PC on a 2 km guided walk in the koppies and learn about the early history of the San and their relationship with nature. He will show you exquisite San rock etchings (or petroglyph’s) and tell you about the conflicts between the San and early stock farmers of the area. The Anglo-Boer war also left its mark in the Karoo and PC will elaborate on the skirmishes and battles of a hundred years ago that took place in the area.