Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Ganora Farm – Day 1, floods and fossils

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During our recent road trip, our first stop was at Ganora Guest Farm near Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape. I planned an overnight stop here so that we could see the Karoo fossils and Bushmen (San) paintings the area is famous for, as well as some etchings from the Second Anglo Boer War.

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We arrived late in the afternoon on Day 1 of our road trip, after an 8 hour drive from Johannesburg. The area where Ganora Farm is located is called the Groot [Big] Karoo and is semi desert. The region has been getting uncommon amounts of heavy rains and was the greenest I’ve ever seen it. The clouds opened shortly after our arrival at the farm and the torrent of rain caused a flash flood at the nearby rivulet. The owner’s son nearly came unstuck trying to cross the river in his 4 X 4 while it was in flood.

You can hear the rushing water in this short video:

In the early evening, the owner showed us his amazing fossil collection and we listened to a 45 minute talk about the mammal-like reptile fossils of 280 million years ago found in this area. That is a long time before the dinosaurs…

I was invited to take this picture of a meat-eating mammal-like reptile fossil. Just look at those teeth!

59 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Ganora Farm – Day 1, floods and fossils

    1. HI Jim, the swarms of locusts have been awful this year and so destructive. I have some more picture from when we returned home 10 days later, it was even worse. There were some great people at the farm, mainly people who were interested in the fossils and Bushmen painting so it was a lovely time.

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  1. Wow. I would not want to be trying to cross that stream and would certainly not want to meet up with a fish with teeth like those. It must be so strange to have this much rain in what is normally desert. And, just for extra measure, let’s throw in a swarm of locusts. There’s a unique element that I could see making it into a book one day 😏

    Great post, Robbie. Thanks for sharing with Thursday Doors.

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  2. Wow, Robbie, 280 million years ago! The oldest fossils I’ve come across in my research about the history of the Western Cape are a large collection of fossilized hominid bones, dating back some 60,000 years, which were uncovered by a devastating flood somewhere around present day Hopefield, if memory serves.

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  3. This is s great post, Robbie. I really enjoyed these pictures of your trip. Such drama of rain and locusts! I love looking at very old structures and imagining the world back then. I’m trying to get an idea of how big that mammal you took the fossil picture of would have been – tiny? Those teeth are amazing!

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  4. Great photos Robbie is that something drying on the ceiling I know some cultures use the ceiling for drying wood and food…The teeth look sharp… it’s lovely when something like that is impressed on a stone…I found a stone when I was young and it had a flower that had been pressed into it it was very pretty I took it to school and a teacher borrowed it and never gave it back…that is imprinted on my memory I so wish my mother or father had gone up the school and they didn’t …which is why I think I have always championed my children…

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      1. Oh ok…good idea…Yes, it was either a trainee or supply teacher I never saw them again but the memory has always stayed with me…I was only in Junior school about8/9 yrs old …


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