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.
SUSTAINABLE FARMING IN THE KAROO
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!
Thrilled to be stocking some gorgeous large blankets, car rugs, baby blankets, and doggie blankets.
They’ve been so popular with guests this past season, especially the non-sew rugs made by our farm ladies. A firm favourite is also our cabled wrist warmers.
A selection of Karoo produce, Martha’s homemade jams and preserves, our farm Ginger Beer and Lemon syrup always in stock, as well as Le Chasseur Olive Oil, an excellent product
Activities & Experiences
We regularly share stories from Bloemhof Karoo on our Instagram feed
Guided 40 minute amble up to Kudu Rock, with a chance to spot our rare Arabian Oryx; might even be lucky to see Kudu coming to the waterhole in the evening. Spectacular view across the veld. Great Sundowners spot (no charge).
We have more than two hundred kilometres of gravel roads, suitable for easy mountain biking, and some terrain that requires fitness and good technical skill. Contact Jenny for these Packages.
Extensive hiking opportunities on the 15 000 hectare farm. Easy walking…more strenuous hikes…very hectic hikes into Tronkkloof Gorge which will require a degree of fitness. Backup support always available.
Game Drives on adjoining private game reserve where more than 2000 head of antelope roam. (R850 for 90 minutes, R1400 for up to 4 hours). See list of antelope on the farm, including a few rare species. We have a small herd of American Bison which can almost be guaranteed to be seen in the longer game drive.
Relaxing hours of “Stoepsit”. An important part of a luxurious farm stay are the hours spent on the farmstead Stoep, watching sunrise with a coffee in hand, taking in the vast expanse, the quietness, farm sounds, enjoying a glass of wine, or watching the evening skies. Expose yourself to this magical pastime.
Often our guests’ favourite experience on the farm. Karoo delicacies beautifully packed, mostly produced on the farm, homemade ginger beer; gin and tonic, wine or a cold beer. Sitting out in the veld, taking in the vast expanse of vegetation fill’s one’s soul. Food also taste much better when eaten outside than inside! Charged at R450 per picnic basket which can feed 2-4 people (family with children U11 years).
Immerse yourself in reading; we have a collectors' library of books on the Boer War, as well as many interesting books on the Karoo. Discover these topics while relaxing on the "stoep"…
The Milky Way can be seen in the Karoo like few other places in South Africa, possibly on earth. Use an App to identify stars as they appear.
Self Drive 4×4
Self Drive opportunities along all the roads that have been digitalised. A four wheel drive vehicle will definitely be needed, as well as experienced driving on some of the roads.
Board games, Scrabble, Chess, Backgammon, card games, puzzles offer plenty of ‘old fashioned’ family time together. We are also able to host Duplicate Bridge groups / tournaments of 8 individuals.
Pack your paints and lose yourself in the beauty of the Karoo landscapes. Bring along your Photography equipment…the Karoo light will enthrall you. Wonderful opportunities to photograph vegetation, sunrises, sunsets, macrophotography, and of course the animals you come across.
A bread baking demonstration will give you a chance to try your hand at kneading; learn the Karoo art of making oven koekies, loaves, roosterkoek, vetkoek.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
We have 4 clay stations…always a lot of fun. Ammunition and clays will be charged. We have farm rifles that can be hired.
The Boules court in front of the farmstead never fails to enthrall. Try your hand at this on lazy afternoons.
Wifi access and tranquil surroundings provide great opportunity to work from here. There are many private and quiet spaces as well as meeting rooms.