BloemhofKaroo is unique in that guests are taken back in time, and are able to experience how it would have been living in your own gracious old family Karoo home.

Karoo Life of a past era has been comfortably and tastefully resurrected in this beautiful original homestead. Farming methods of days gone by have also been brought back to good usage, like the Lei-Vore (channel) method of manually flooding crops.

Authenticity and a natural flare for Karoo hospitality is what you will find so heartwarming and engaging at BloemhofKaroo.

Some of the Staff have known the farm for over 30 years, and have lived in Shepherd’s cottages in remote parts of the Reserve.

They have wonderful stories to tell of past happenings, previous owners, neighbours, sadnesses, droughts, and how life has changed in this part of the Upper Karoo.

It is enthralling to listen to these stories, especially from Paul and Martha who remember Prof Chris Barnard well, and speak of him with such fondness.



Guests are always keen to know about all the bits and pieces that make BloemhofKaroo unique and interesting - there are indeed some fascinating tales about where and how we’ve sourced some of the Memorabilia scattered around the guest house!

So we’ve recently opened our own Antique Alley!

We have an assortment of Brass, Silver, Copper, Enamelware, Fine Bone China, and lots of well priced Bric-A-Brac; teaspoons galore, and some cute old fashioned items, unusual homeware sourced all over the Karoo.

Guests should easily find little Christmas gifts, and of course, we sell all the homemade Jams, Preserves and Pickles made here at BloemhofKaroo during the year.

Such fun to browse, and find a precious little piece to take home with you.

BloemhofKaroo Antique Alley


Traditionally decorated every year upon a Karoo Aloe flower.

This is how we do it in the Great Karoo.

Remember BloemhofKaroo is a great stopover for Christmas holidays.

A two or three day stay as a destination could be a highlight of the Christmas holidays for families.

BloemhofKaroo Gift Shop is expanding!

We’re offering Christmas hampers for the first time, beautiful presented in a box so don’t spoil whilst travelling.

A selection of Karoo produce, Martha’s homemade jams and preserves, our farm Ginger Beer and Lemon syrup make up these gorgeous hampers, which make fantastic Christmas gifts for friends and family.

2 different sizes are offered, charged at R360 and R480.

karoo aloe flower decorated christmas tree


Our endeavors toward Self-Sustainability have been so exciting.

Fresh organic Karoo vegetables and herbs are used in our food preparation wherever possible.

Guests are mesmerized to see how the whole acre of tilled ground is watered manually in 40 minutes.

This is known as the LEI-VORE method of irrigation, which we use very successfully at BloemhofKaroo.

sustainable farmimg in the karoo


Martha Adolf nee Sesman was born on 24 Aug 1961 at her parent’s home in Richmond. She spent all her growing up years in Richmond, is literally known by everyone in the town and surrounds.

Martha is an extraordinary woman, adored by her husband, children and numerous grandchildren.

She runs BloemhofKaroo guest house, is also a very talented landscape gardener.Martha has a special passion for the Elderly. She has also featured in 2 Cookbooks.

Martha - Cook at Bloemhof-Karoo Farm

Paul Adolf spent time on the farm as a child, one of eleven children in fact!

Martha and Paul were married in the early 1980’s, and have 5 children.

Paul remembers Professor Chris Barnard very well and has wonderful stories to recount.

sustainable farmimg in the karoo