The Farm


Bloemhof Karoo Farm House

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.


Current drought conditions have been very challenging, so all the more reason for us to take vigilant care of our vegetable lands, so we can provide our Guests and Staff with fresh produce.

We are also able at times to offer vegetables to elderly people in Richmond who are in a dire situation.

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.


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.


BloemhofKaroo Gift Shop is expanding!

BloemhofKaroo Hampers are very popular with our guests

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 wonderful gifts for friends and family.

They ere presented in a gorgeous box and do not spoil when travelling

Choose from two different hamper sizes at R360 or R480.


Martha Adolf, nee Sesman, was born on 24 Aug 1961 at her parents’ home in Richmond. She spent all her growing up years in Richmond, and 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, and is also a very talented landscape gardener. Martha has a special passion for the Elderly. She has also featured in 2 Cookbooks.

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.

Myre Adolf is the 4th child of Martha and Paul, and has become pivotal in organising so much for the guest house.

She does all the provisioning, much of the bulk cooking, also drives farm staff to town at times, has amazing people skills as many of our guests attest.

She is an extraordinary, accomplished and very capable young woman.

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