Unveiling the wonders of the Karoo at KhoiSan Karoo Conservancy

Khoisan Karoo Conservancy

Near the town of Hanover, and approximately six hours from both Johannesburg and Cape Town, KhoiSan Karoo Conservancy spans over 8000 hectares on two of the Karoo’s most exciting nature reserves.

Owned and managed by P.C. Ferreira and his wife and daughters, KhoiSan Karoo Conservancy strives to preserve the unique flora and fauna of the Karoo. At the same time visitors are offered the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of the Karoo while enjoying comfortable accommodation.


Accommodation comes in different styles, each offering a unique atmosphere and experience.

New Holme Nature Lodge is the main lodge at Gariep Nature Reserve and offers warm homely B&B accommodation.

New Holme Stable rooms are suitable for families with small children.

Stoffels Rus is a charming self-catering log cabin, situated the gardens of New Holme.  The cabin features two bedrooms and sleeps four and is ideal as a quaint honeymoon suite, or for an extended Karoo visit.

A tented camp is also available which sleeps four guests in two separate compartments.  Each features a double bed and two singles, with private ablution facilities for each tent.

All accommodation has access to the facilities at the main lodge, including a swimming pool. Lunch and dinner can be arranged at the main lodge at an extra cost.  All have air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, electric blankets, ensuite showers, double or twin beds, a sleeper couch for children under twelve, and Wi-Fi.

Mieliefontein Guest Farm is the main lodge at Hanover Aardvark Nature Reserve and can sleep ten guests. Set in magnificent park like gardens, Mieliefontein offers B&B accommodation in elegant individually decorated ensuite rooms. 

Owner and host Elma Ferreira is famous for her three course haute cuisine dinners.

Woltemade self-catering Cottage, on the same property, is recommended for larger families and longer stays.  Comfortably furnished, the house has five bedrooms and can sleep twelve guests.  Meals can also be enjoyed at Mieliefontein but will require pre booking.


KhoiSan Karoo Conservancy offers a range of activities for nature enthusiasts.

Birding in the area is exceptional, with 230 recorded species. The conservancy offers two birding drives per day.

A drive to the Hippo Pool where guests can enjoy sundowners on the deck and watch the only hippos in the Karoo, while P.C. shares their incredible story.

A 2km guided walk to the koppies to see the rock etchings of the San, and learn about their history and their relationship with nature.

A three-day birding package includes a sunset drive to see the hippos and buffalo, a night drive to meet some of the nocturnal species, and a veld braai or dinner back at the lodge.

Nineteen species of dragon flies and damselflies have also been recorded on the conservancy.

There are challenging mountain bike trails, fishing in the Seekoei River, and the Karoo Oasis Route to Explore.

Khoisan Karoo Conservancy Contact Details

For more information or to make a reservation, call 064 652 3230 for central reservations or 082 567 9211. WhatsApp messages are preferred. Or email info@karoogariep.co.za

New Holme Nature Lodge may be found at 8 Kilometres off N1, Hanover, Northern Cape. Find them on Google Maps.

Facebook: @KhoisanKarooConservancy

Instagram: @khoisankarooconservancy


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