Activities & Adventure

Hiking Trails

There is an excellent choice of trails through the surrounding countryside and mountains, which may be undertaken independently or in organized parties with a guide.


More than 22 species of birds have been recorded in the region. Expeditions and walks with local experts can be arranged.


Graaff-Reinet boasts a well-maintained and challenging nine-hole course and a clubhouse with every facility.


The Graaff-Reinet Bowling Club welcomes visitors.

Other Activities

  • Guided Wildlife Tours
  • Wing shooting
  • Hunting

Make Graaff-Reinet – and Cypress Cottages – your base for exploring and enjoying this remarkable region.

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The Great Karoo

This vast semi desert with its seemingly endless plains and castellated mountains provides a perfect escape from city crowds and concerns. It’s a stark landscape but also one of dramatic beauty and endless fascination, where you can enjoy crystal clear air, spectacular dawns and sunsets – and brilliant stars.



Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa , founded in 1786 as the furthest outpost of the Dutch East India Company. The nineteenth century saw it grow from a wild frontier station into a prosperous staging post and farming centre, thanks to its strategic position on the main route between Algoa Bay and the developing interior.


Valley of Desolation

There’s no better place to see the drama of the landscape, to learn about its geological evolution or to view the amazing setting of the town, or to watch the sun rise or set over the Plains of Camdeboo than from these extraordinary cliffs and crags. You may also be lucky enough to see the resident pair of black eagles circling at sunset.