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Garingboom B&B Guest Farm

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The Garingboom Guest Farm is an eco-friendly Karoo sheep farm situated in the Southern Free State. The farm is 150km south of Bloemfontein on the N1 and at exit no 45 only 11km on the R715 towards Bethulie. Over 160 species of birds are listed for the farm. This includes specials like the Burchells' Courser , Layards' Titbabler, Blue Korhaan, Rock Pipit and many other Karoo specials. Riëtte is an experienced birder and special birding trips, horse rides and Dragonfly and Butterfly spotting can be arranged with her. Special info on the beautiful butterflies, indigenous plants and bossies is also available. Accommodation in comfy fully equipped two-bedroomed cottages under shady trees, includes air-conditioning, TV, kitchenette, fridge, barbeque and covered parking . Two trails on the farm gives you the opportunity to do some birding and walking on your own as well. Breakfast en special Karoo Lamb Dinners are also available .
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R715, 9992 South Africa
Garingboom B&B Guest Farm
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Bloemfontein Intl Airport
149.4 km
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Jaluka123 wrote a review Sept 2023
Cape Town, South Africa24 contributions7 helpful votes
Simply wonderful hospitality, good food, excellent value for money. Cottages clean and comfortable and warm.Extremely cold weather for our visit, but arrived to heaters turned on, a very thoughtful touch! Loved the dogs and cats.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Cassia G wrote a review May 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa20 contributions7 helpful votes
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Our second visit to this wonderful guesthouse within 4 months. The roast lamb dinner went down a treat. Riette went out of her way to help us find our butterflies and offering advice as to where to see the birds and dragonflies. She is so passionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of her farm. And then it so nice to be able to sit and enjoy the silence and beautiful karoo vistas.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Chelsea C wrote a review Feb 2023
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Our family of 4 had a wonderful stay here for 1 night and greatly appreciated Jan and Riëtte's hospitality. Our cottage was very comfortable and our hosts provided a delicious "Self-Braai" pack with everything we needed for a barbecue supper. Our two kids loved playing outside among the large trees and beautiful gardens. There was also a little swing set for them to play on and we had a nice swim in the pool. Breakfast was also amazing! I hope we will get a chance to come back and would highly recommend this B&B to other travellers. Of note, do not take the gravel road off of the R701 as the last part of it is closed. Google maps will steer you wrong! Take the short gravel road to the guest farm off of the R715 instead, when you see the sign for the guest farm.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chwag wrote a review Jan 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa68 contributions17 helpful votes
My second stay at this lovely Bnb. Friendly welcome, farmstyle food, comfortable rooms on a working sheep farm. Walks available and it’s a restful quiet break from a long journey. Owner was accommodating to my dietary requirements.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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VanRiebeeck wrote a review Dec 2022
Nelspruit, South Africa144 contributions137 helpful votes
This is a convenient stopover for the long car journey between Gauteng and the Cape. The place is situated on a 12km detour on the R715, a surprisingly good road. The last kilometre on the turn-off is on a dirt road. If you can afford the time, visit nearby Bethulie, where during the Anglo-Boer War the British built a true-to-type concentration camp for the families of their Boer adversaries. More than 1,700 women and children lie buried here, mostly children. Our cottage was rather small and basic – as one would expect from most South African farmhouse accommodations. The simple evening meal was called at 7pm sharp. The host did his best to palm the guests off with alcoholic drinks, albeit at an affordable price. The mini-fridge pay-as-yo-use in the room was also well stocked. Breakfast was served at 8am, with no leeway given; not ideal for weary travellers. The only warm dish consisted of scrambled eggs. On a positive note: the Garingboom (meaning ‘agave’) sheep farm is an oasis of stillness. We saw cute little meerkats (suricates) from our veranda and equally adorable dasssies (rock hyraxes). The bird life is prolific and the hostess knowledgeable. For the fit traveller, there are several walking trails, making a two-day stay worthwhile
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Margaret Payne wrote a review Sept 2022
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A truly delightful stop over in a very clean and comfortable chalet. Jan and Riette were great hosts making us feel most welcome. We enjoyed both the trails and the tasty breakfast and look forward to our next visit to do more birding. Can highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jan Griesel, General Manager at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm
Responded 07 Sept 2022
Hi ! Thank you for your visit ! Hope to see you again soon ! Kind regards Jan and Riette
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Colleen N wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa152 contributions39 helpful votes
A wonderful farm setting. If you arrive early or spend an extra day, the farm offers beautiful walks. Rooms are comfortable and quiet. Riette and Jan make you feel very welcome and make a the delicious farmhouse breakfast
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Jan Griesel, General Manager at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm
Responded 29 Mar 2021
Thank you for your kind words. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Jan and Riette
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MarkJGibbons wrote a review Dec 2020
Cape Town, South Africa23 contributions5 helpful votes
Charming farm BnB off the beaten track. Spectacular karoo landscapes, peace and quiet and charming character. A working farm and the lamb supper is a must. Well equipped cottages. Very friendly hosts make you feel right at home. Our third stay over and one we will repeat time and time again. Very reasonably priced.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Jan Griesel, General Manager at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm
Responded 05 Dec 2020
Thank you for your kind words Hope to see you soon again KInd regrds Jan ,Riette and Abrie
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Charmaine wrote a review Mar 2020
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A little hidden gem on a sheep farm. One of our most favorite places we have had the pleasure to stay at. Stumbled upon it when we needed a place to stay for a night, and now we can't wait to go back for a longer visit. If you love peace & quite with farm land to explore then book your next visit soon. Many outdoor activities and bring your own mountain bike to enjoy the trails. You can hike and view some game. Food is home cooking and just beyond amazing. Affordable price and the owner and his family loves sharing stories with you. Family friendly.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jan G, Owner at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm
Responded 23 Mar 2020
Thank you for your kind words . Hope to see you again someday soon . Stay safe and stay well Kind regards Jan, Riette and Abrie
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dawncD2576FO wrote a review Jan 2020
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa22 contributions8 helpful votes
What an truly wonderful experience, just sorry it was 1 night, will definitely book 2 nights next time in order to explore the farm.The Griesel family were fantastic hosts. The rooms were spotless! Nothing negative at all.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Jan G, Manager at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm
Responded 09 Jan 2020
Thanks so much for your kind words ! Hope to see again soon :) KInd regards Jan , Riette and Abrie
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Is parking available at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Garingboom B&B Guest Farm?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.