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.
Shy 5 at Karoo Gariep
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.
Conservation at Karoo Gariep
PC realized the loss to conservation, suffered generations ago when the last Seekoei River hippo were shot in the late 1700 hundreds. Being a conservationist at heart he decided to take action and initiated a hippo reintroduction project in 2000. It would eventually take 6 years for this project to bear fruit, but in 2006 a small hippo breeding group was eventually released on the then recently established Karoo Gariep Conservancy (est. 2005). For his contribution to conservation he was awarded the SANParks Kudu Award. In 2015 PC moved to have the Karoo Gariep Conservancy formally proclaimed as the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve.